In a big “Super Six World Boxing Classic” round two match, Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark. The fight was very close and fought at a very high level. Both fighters had their moments landing big shots and neither was able to get the upper hand for long. Some huge exchanges in the last round and going to the scorecards the result seemed still in doubt. Scores were 117-111, 115-113, 116-112, all for Kessler. The win begins Kessler’s third reign as world champion in the super middleweight division. It is the second time he has held the WBC belt. He has also held the WBA belt on two occasions.
The Super Six tourney has really tightened up now. Arthur Abraham still leads with three points. There is a log jam at two points with Froch, Kessler, Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell all one point behind Abraham. Jermain Taylor-replacement Allan Green has no points. Ward and Green meet in the final round two match scheduled for June 19 in Oakland.
Looking ahead, round three matchups are:
Abraham vs. Froch
Ward vs. Dirrell
Kessler vs. Green
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In a clash of unbeaten heavyweight prospects, heavyweight Edmund Gerber (11-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Samir Kurtagic (7-1, 5 KOs). Gerber dropped Kurtagic with a right to the body at the end of round five and went on to win handily.
In a clash of unbeaten light middleweight propects, Koko Murat (11-0-2, 4 KOs) won a close eight round majority decision over Nick Klappert (12-1, 8 KOs).
Former female welterweight title challenger Vinni Skovgaard (8-1, 4 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over 45-year-old and previously unbeaten Diane Schwachhofer (4-1-1, 1 KO).
Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Nielsen (5-0, 3 KOs) stopped Norbert Szekeres (6-2, 4 KOs) with a left hook to the body in round four.
Unbeaten middleweight Thomas Troelenberg (21-0, 10 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Elio Cotena (15-5-5, 3 KOs). Troelenberg, who is scheduled to fight again next week, stepped in when the Danish commission failed to grant a special permit to Marcos Nader, who is under 21 years of age.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Lukas Schulz (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a third round KO over Viktor Szalai (13-29-3, 4 KOs). Schulz replaced Erik Skoglund, who like Nader is under 21 and did not have a special permit.