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Kessler Vs. Andrade card results
On paper, it was an intruiging matchup- an undefeated (38-0), power-punching (29 KOs), unified (WBA-WBC) champion against an undefeated (24-0), power-punching (18 KOs) challenger. In the ring, it was a superbly skilled champion taking a brave but, in comparison, limited challenger to school.

Throughout the bout, defending champion Mikkel Kessler demonstrated outstanding movement, great ring generalship, a tremendous left jab, and an accurate, powerful right hand. Challenger Librado Andrade demonstrated heart and an incredibly solid chin.

For 12 rounds, Kessler outboxed and outpunched his game opponent, who had earned his title shot with consecutive victories over Willie Stewart, Tito Mendoza, Vitali Kopitko, Thomas Reid, Nicolas Cervera, Otis Grant (in a WBC eliminator), and Richard Grant.

Librado Andrade Vs. Richard Grant

Librado Andrade Vs. Otis Grant

When it was over, the judges were in agreement. Kessler retained his titles by three 120-108 scores. He had dominated a deserving challenger much the way his WBO counterpart Joe Calzaghe dominated then IBF and IBO champion Jeff Lacy. The logical and most anticipated bout at 168 pounds is a Calzaghe-Kessler showdown. However, the Danish superstar may have to settle for a rematch with WBA "regular" champion Anthony Mundine and/or a title unifier with IBF champion Alejandro Berrio because the rumor mill has Calzaghe and WBC-WBO middleweight champion Jermain Taylor meeting if they, as expected, defeat Peter Manfredo, Jr. and Cory Spinks respectively.

Librado Andrade Vs. Mikkel Kessler

On the Kessler-Andrade undercard:

Lolenga Mock retained the EBU European Union super middleweight title by knocking out Djamel Selini in the 9th round;

welterweight Thomas Damgaard returned to the ring for the first time since his loss to Arturo Gatti and knocked out an overmatched Jean Louis Bryla in the 2nd round:

middleweight prospect Thomas Povlsen outpointed Rafael Chiruta over six rounds:

and in two totally unexpected upsets:

Portuguese heavyweight Humberto Evora knocked out Danish champion Claus Bertino in the third round; and

unheralded Carlos Donquiz kayoed world-ranked (WBO #3, WBA #5, and WBC #12) WBA Inter-Continental super welterweight champion Reda Zam Zam in the first round of a non-title bout.
Article By: Ken "KStat" Pollitt