Time to Eat Humble Pie, Kessler Fans
By Eughine Dunnion: Now before all the Mikkel Kessler fans start writing nasty comments, consider this. I actually wanted Kessler to win and had money on him to win a points decision. How wrong could I be. I have previously watched Andre Ward on a few occasions, the wins over Edison Miranda & Shelby Pudwill being the latest. I thought he was a fighter with great potential who has a stinging left jab and good hand speed but I really thought he had bit off more than he could chew fighting the powerful and experienced Dane Kessler. Now first things first, like I said in my previous article, I have my favourite boxers like everyone but I will not childishly and blindly defend them when they have been soundly beaten.
Some of the articles I have read today on this site using terms such as “questionable” while describing Wards victory astound me. Another article asks the question “robbery or pure quality”. I am not sure if the writer leaned towards robbery or quality because a title like that put me off reading it altogether, there is no question at all here, Ward was quality, simple as. The obvious, and lame in my opinion, shouts will be that Ward used underhand tactics to win this match. While I agree that Ward deliberately head butted Kessler the second time, the first being an accident, calling this win questionable is utterly pathetic. This website is home to some of the most childish writers I have ever witnessed in my life. Kessler was totally outclassed and outfought, was as flat as I have ever seen him and looked a shadow of the fighter who dominated the Super Middleweight division until Joe Calzaghe inflicted his first defeat on him. He didn’t work his double jab enough, had no head movement and was a walking target for the Elusive Ward who out-thought Kessler from start to finish.
I told a friend of mine that Ward sometimes lunges with his left jab to the body and that Kessler would benefit from this but time and time again Kessler was being tagged with jab after jab and had no answer to this. He hardly ever used his lethal right hook, even when Ward switched from his southpaw stance. Kessler won only one round in my opinion and even if the fight had gone the distance Ward seemed like a man with energy to burn and Kessler looked like a man who had run out of ideas and more tellingly, energy. I think that a bit of common sense and decency need to be applied by some people on this website and give credit where it is due when writing an article.
Do I think that Ward is good enough to win the Super Six?, most definitely, but then again there are six great fighters here who all still have a good shout, it is shaping up to be a real interesting tournament and while I think Jermain Taylor has had a real rough time of late, maybe now, with the WBA title on offer in his next fight, who knows. I am really looking forward to the next fight in this series and hopefully my Christmas wish might come true and writers on this website might actually write an unbiased, mature and balanced article.