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Kessler and Ward meet tonight in continuation of Super Six Tourney!

WBA super middleweight champion Mikkell Kessler will meet undefeated 2004 US Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward in a 12 round title affair at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.  In what is acknowledged as a home town fight for the challenger, Kessler has been in the ring with stiffer competition and has only one professional loss at the hands of Joe Calzaghe from November of 2007. 

Ward's claim to fame was his upset victory over the Russian world champion, Makarenko, to secure Olympic Gold in Athens Greece for the 2004 US team.  Early in his professional career, Ward had some question moments, when journeyman Daniel Boone managed to score a knockdown of Ward, but Ward went on to win that fight and has remained undefeated.  Kessler has fought  Calzaghe, as well as former super middleweight titlist Anthony Mundine, whom he managed to dominate.  Ward's biggest win came against Edison Miranda, whom he outscored to win win a unanimous decision this past May. 

Though one can never underestimate and undefeated young pugilist who brought a Gold medal back hom with him from the Olympics, this commentator believes Kessler holds a substantial edge in the experience as well as durability.  Both combatants have decent punching power, but Kessler carries the bigger wallup.  As mentioned previously, Ward has been hurt a few times before and was cut against Miranda in the first round of their fight.  Miranda was able to land some of his shots against Ward, yet Kessler's hand speed is classes above that of Miranda's.

Prediction: Kessler TKO 11.

Tonight's title fight will air on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.



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