By Alexey Sukachev
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) successfully defended his title for second time and, what is probably more important, made a final step towards the Super Six super tournament with the fourth-round TKO over mandatory challenger WBA #1 Gusmyr Perdomo (16-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark.
The local hero started the fight patiently not throwing too many punches, preserving energy for future action. Oppositely, tall southpaw Perdomo was active but his wide hooks were hitting the empty space, not Kessler. The second round was almost the same, as the champion continued his measured pressure, taking zero punches to land one in return.
In the third, supported by the partizan crowd the Dane finally began to punch and Perdomo definitely felt his strength. He was able to avoid punishment near the ropes in the midst of the stanza but was caught with a picture-perfect left-right and went down with seconds left. Kessler was credited with a knockdown by referee Russell Mora, but the instant replay proved it was caused by a powerful punch to the shoulder, not to the head, and Perdomo’s unbalanced stance.
The end suddenly came early into the fourth round. Kessler landed another left-right, and Perdomo was staggered and pinned to the ropes. The champion went in for kill but never tagged his foe cleanly, except for the last right hand. However, the referee stepped in at 0:56 of the round to halt the contest on what seemed to be an early stoppage. Perdomo wasn’t down and was still avoiding punches although clearly hurt. Nevertheless, a good win for Mikkel Kessler, who is awaiting Andre Ward to do his job several hours later.
WBA/WBC female welterweight champion Cecilia “The First Lady” Braekhus (13-0, 2 KOs) from Norway kept her unbeaten record intact and defended her regalia for the second time with a workmanlike ten-round unanimous decision over fellow undefeated (now 13-1 with 6 KOs) German-based Italian Lucia Morelli. The champion utilized her superior technique and boxing wisdom to outmaneuver physically stronger but slower and raw challenger. Braekhus was better with her jab, adding hard right hands on the occasion. Morelli, however, enjoyed some success early on, when she was able to tag the Norse boxer a few times. On the other hand, Morelli got fatigued down the strecth especially since the sixth round, as she was boxing over this limit for the first time in her career. Braekhus controlled the rest of the fight but neither she, nor her opponent was ever close to stop each other inside the distance. At the end, all three judges saw it unanimously 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 (as did Fightnews) for the defending champ.
Red hot cruiserweight prospect Alexander Frenkel (19-0, 15 KOs) thrilled the local crowd with an explosive one-punch knockout of Hungarian journeyman Laszlo Hubert (22-5, 13 KOs). WBC #13 Frenkel slowly chased his scared opponent around the ring, looking for a single punch. Hubert did little to create him any problems, just running hopelessly from his stronger foe. Early in round three Frenkel connected with a right hand, pinning Hubert to the ropes and then suddenly threw a frightening left hook, that landed flush on Hungarian’s chin. Hubert fell face first to the canvas and the fight was stopped without a count. It took Hubert a couple of minutes to fully regain his consciousness.
Aarhus-based Lebanese Ahmad Kaddour (21-2-1, 9 KOs), who is best known for taking part in the first Contender series, ended his three-year long hiatus with a hard-fought unanimous decision over German Mike Ermis (6-8-2, 3 KOs) over six. Kaddour, 27, looked rusty and slow but was finding a spot and a rhythm for his sharp right uppercut and counter left hook throughout the whole fight. After six rounds judges saw it 60-54, 59-55 and 58-57 – all in favour of Babyface Kaddour.
Danish female welterweight contender and former world title challenger Vinni Skovgaard (8-1, 4 KOs) scored the sixth-round TKO over no-hoper Jaqueline Nowack (0-5). She clearly dominated every minute of every round until the end came at 1:47 of the sixth and final stanza after two powerful right hands by the local fighter. Nowack, however, was never down during the whole fight.
Rising lightweight Kasper Bruun (now 5-0, 2 KOs) knocked out incapable Hungarian Mihaly Telekfi (6-7-1, 2 KOs) in the fifth round. Bruun circled on the distance, peppering his opponent with jabes while ocassionally going into close quarters to rumble with slower but bigger Telekfi. He paid a price, however, in round two, when he was cut by a legal punch of Telekfi. Bruun fought well through his problems, and his cutman stopped the bleeding well during the break. Rounds three and four were calm and quiet with both fighters following their tactical plans. Late in round five Bruun connected with two right hands; Telekfi wobbling forward and falling on his knees. The Hungarian fighter was counted out at 2:20 of the fifth.
Middleweight Patrick Nielsen (1-0, 1 KO) debuted as a pro with the first-round annihilation of Hungarian Zoltan Borovics (0-3-1). Time was 1:18, when the fight was stopped after the powerful combo to the head by the debuting Dane.