By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six World Boxing Classic continued Saturday as undefeated Olympic gold medalist Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) scored an eleventh round technical decision over WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Ward had the perfect game plan as he surprisingly dominated Kessler, whose face was busted up by unintentional headbutts and punches. Scores were 97-93, 98-92, 98-92.
Jose Celaya, (31-6, 16 KOs), continued his slow decline from one-time contender, losing a unanimous decision to unheralded Tony Hirsch, (10-3-1, 5 KOs), 40-36 on all three scorecards in a four-round junior middleweight bout.
Local fighter Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield, (11-0-1, 7 KOs), lived up to his nickname, stopping Francisco Santana, (11-2, 5 KOs), at 2:27 of round five in a scheduled eight-round junior middleweight bout.
Young prospect Stan Martyniouk, (8-0, 1 KO), had an easy time of it with journeyman Anthony Martinez, (21-33-3, 9 KOs), taking a unanimous decision in a four-round lightweight bout, 40-36 on all three scorecards.
In the evening’s opening bout, junior lightweight Mel Crossty, (4-0-1, 1 KO), cruised to a four-round unanimous decision over Carlos Herrera, (2-3, 1 KO). Scores were 39-36, 40-35, 40-35, with Crossty scoring a knockdown in the opening stanza.