“I am very happy,” said WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler after once again proving his class with a fourth-round TKO victory over Gusmyr Perdomo. “It was very special to fight in front of such a great crowd.” Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 6.200 boisterous Danish fans at MCH Herning, the Viking Warrior (42-1, 32 KOs) dropped the mandatory challenger at the end of the third with a big right before launching another furious assault in the fourth. “Perdomo was very active in the first two rounds, so I had to change my game plan,” he added. “I adjusted well in the third. Now I really look forward to the Super Six World Boxing Classic.”
Perdomo admitted that the better man won. “Congratulations to Mikkel Kessler. He is a great champion. He broke my rhythm after the second round and then he just hit me. He deserved to win. Now I will recover and come back.” Perdomo’s coach Michael Timm added: “We knew it would be tough against Mikkel. Congratulations to him. We knew at some point he would catch him but I was surprised it came that early.”
While Perdomo is left to lick his wounds, Kessler has bigger things ahead. He will participate in SHOWTIME´s hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic.
“That will be the ultimate test for Mikkel,” Kalle Sauerland said. “We are thrilled that he took the final hurdle in such spectacular fashion. This is boxing, and everything can happen, but he took care of business against Perdomo. Now he can shift his concentration to the Super Six and his first opponent Andre Ward. Mikkel certainly has a golden future ahead and we look forward to many great fights in the tournament.”
Added Kessler: “It is a dream to fight in the Super Six. It has become reality now. It is the best facing the best – the Champions League of boxing. I cannot wait to get started.” Kessler´s first-round fight is set for November 21 when he takes on up-and-coming American Andre Ward, who stopped Shelby Pudwill on Saturday night.
On the undercard of the historic first Team Sauerland show in Denmark, the First Lady Cecilia Braekhus (13-0, 2 KOs) defended her WBA/WBC Female Welterweight Titles with a hard-earned points victory over Lucia Morelli (13-1, 6 KOs). Braekhus was the better boxer throughout, landing one-two combinations to body and head, but Morelli proved her heart and chin, making good use of her hard right. After ten interesting rounds, Braekhus was ahead 99-92, 98-92 and 97-93. “It was a tough fight,” the First Lady said. “She was a tough opponent but I am pleased I won.” And Morelli said: “I think we gave the crowd a good and interesting fight. The champion deserved to win.”
Sauerland cruiserweight hopeful Alexander Frenkel (19-0, 15 KOs) clinched another spectacular KO victory, knocking out Laszlo Hubert with a huge big left hook to the chin in the third round.
(Pictures: Team Sauerland / Winfried Mausolf)