Calzaghe - Kessler: Kesslerís "O" Goes

mikkel kessler03.11.07 - By Ted Sares: Back some time ago I predicted the outcome as follows:

The Predicted Outcome: Calzaghe does not have the one-punch power of Kessler and this could prove pivotal for Mikkel. On balance, however, I see Calzaghe getting into his rhythm early and avoiding Kessler bombs with great ring movement and acumen. I see him peppering the Dane with enough punches, many in lightening combinations, to gain a close decision. That said, the fight has the potential to be overly strategic and cerebral and this could translate to something other than the exciting engagement most are expecting or at least hoping for. Heck, the odds on this fight going the distance have to be pretty darn good..

The bookmakers have made Calzaghe a 1/2 favorite coming in, likely influenced by the fact the bout's location is in Cardiff where some 70, 000 fans will be screaming their support at the Millennium Stadium. Reportedly, about 5,000 Danish fans will be making the journey, and I may be joining them as well (coming by way of Geneva).

My heart says Kessler; my brain says Calzaghe by close decision, though, as I said, a draw is a distinct possibility.

The Actual Outcome

Well, tonight was the night and the excitement in the build up to the fight was palpable. As for the result, I had the outcome right, but not the way it was achieved. It was an exciting fight and the well prepared and crafty Calzaghe dominated, demonstrating great hand speed, a rock solid chin, superb stamina, great focus, willingness to take risks, and the ability to let his hands go. All in all, Joe Calzaghe clearly deserved his unanimous win. He truly is a great fighter.

As for the heavy-handed Mikkel who started well, he certainly did not disgrace himself, but he had no answers for the Welshman after the fourth stanza when Joe took control and dictated the pace pretty much the rest of the way.

Oh yes, some unsolicited advice to Bernard Hopkins: donít fight Joe Calzaghe.

Article posted on 04.11.2007

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