Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs) thrilled his hometown fans by stopping defending WBA super middleweight champion Brian Magee (36-5-1, 25 KOs) in round three at the BOXEN in Herning, Denmark.
contest got off to a fast start. Magee, 37, a southpaw, worked behind
his right jab. The Belfast native had rebuilt his career alter being
stopped by Lucian Bute almost two years ago. Kessler, 33 stalked Magee.
He countered Magee’s activity with right hands. Kessler started working
his jab in the middle of the round. He shifted his attack to the body.
His punches were landing at the end of the round. Kessler returned to
his corner full of confidence.
Magee landed a hard left
in the first few seconds of round two that had no effect on the
challenger. A sharp Kessler right to the solar plexus put Magee down.
Magee got up, but was obviously hurt. Every shot Kessler landed wobbled
him. Magee fired a wild left that missed. Kessler connected with a
straight right hand. He went right back to the body a few seconds later.
Another right put Magee down on one knee. The bell sounded ending the
Kessler went right back to the body in round three. He
knew were the weakness was. He clipped Magee with another right to the
breadbasket. The defending champion paused for a split second and went
down. His face told the story. The referee could see the pain Magee was
in. He waved off the contest a few seconds later.
The time was 24 seconds of round three.
victory sets up a possible rematch with IBF super middleweight champion
Carl Froch. The two battled evenly two years ago with Kessler judged
the winner by split decision. Froch is tentatively scheduled to meet
Lucian Bute sometime next year.
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