Calzaghe Kessler: Calzaghe wins Kessler's WBC, WBA crowns

CARDIFF, WALES (November 3, 2007) -- In an all-action fight, undefeated WBO/The Ring magazine super middleweight champion JOE CALZAGHE became undefeated WBC/WBA/WBO/The Ring magazine super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, successfully defending his world title for a division-best 21st consecutive time, defeating Danish buzzsaw Mikkel Kessler, the defending WBC/WBA champion, by unanimous decision on scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112. Fought before a European indoor record 50,150 screaming fans at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, the event lived up to its hype as arguably the biggest world title unification showdown of non-heavyweight champions since the Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns welterweight rumble of 1981..

It was all power and all skill as Joltin' Joe put in a vintage performance out-throwing and out-landing a very game Kessler (39-1, 29 KOs), from Copenhagen, Denmark, who tasted defeat for the first time as a professional.

Having held the WBO title since October 11, 1997 -- tops among active world champions -- Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, is now tied with super middleweight champion Sven Ottke at fourth place on boxing's all-time list behind heavyweight champion Joe Louis (25), light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski (23) and strawweight champion Ricardo López (23)

Promoted by Frank Warren in association with International Entertainment, the Calzaghe-Kessler world super middleweight championship was broadcast live to the U.S. on HBO World Championship Boxing. For the ever-popular Calzaghe, it was his second consecutive fight at breaking the European indoor record for a boxing event. Calzaghe's last title defense, a third-round TKO victory over Peter Manfredo, Jr., on April 7, sold over 35,000 tickets.

Article posted on 04.11.2007

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