By Jimmy Krug.
Mikkel Kessler 42-1 (32 knockouts) vs. Andre Ward 20-0 (13 knockouts)
Jimmy’s Take: The Super Middleweight Tournament is off and running. Arthur Abraham established himself as a legitimate Super Middle with a brutal KO victory over Jermain Taylor in the final round of their bout and Carl Froch outworked Andre Dirrell by a hair in the eyes of the judges to capture a split decision victory in their matchup several weeks ago.
Tomorrow, Andre Ward will attempt to out-speed and out-slick defending WBA belt-holder Mikkel Kessler. After feeding the results into Title Bout Championship Boxing, Kessler was the clear pick – usually by stoppage around the 7th or 8th rounds.
I personally have not seen that much of Ward, but realize that those who are favoring a Ward victory are doing so based upon Ward’s speed and overall athleticism.
From where I’m sitting, I see Kessler as a better fighter since the Calzaghe loss and I really don’t see Ward’s speed being a factor over Kessler experience beyond the 4th round.
I agree with the computer and see Kessler winning this one, probably by TKO around the 10th round.
Mike Hanson’s Take: Coming Soon!