Something Rotten in Denmark: Home Cooking Helps Mikkel Kessler Win Belt

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Something Rotten in Denmark: Home Cooking Helps Mikkel Kessler Win Belt
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If the Super Six Tournament is nothing else, it is consistent. Every bout thus far has been won by the hometown fighter.

Last night the trend continued with former WBA champion Mikkel Kessler getting a unanimous decision over WBC champion Carl "Cobra" Froch.

I am not disagreeing with the verdict at all; I think Kessler beat Froch, but not by the scores that were announced. One judge scored it 117-111 which means he thought Kessler won nine of the 12 rounds.

What fight was he watching? Al "He should be disqualified" Bernstein had Froch winning by one point while Antonio Tarver, late of Hollywood fame, had Kessler winning the fight.

To his credit, Froch did not bad-mouth the decision. He said if it had been fought in England, he would have won by the same scores. He continued to say he was taking nothing away from Kessler's performance.

“It was very close but if we were in my hometown in Nottingham, it would have gone my way with the same scores. There will be people who say it was robbery but I won't take anything from Mikkel Kessler. I thought I did enough but that's boxing.”

It was an action-packed fight pitting two warriors against each other. There were no knockdowns in the fight, though Kessler did go down on a called slip.

The "Viking Warrior" suffered a cut over his left eye and various facial lacerations but continued his aggression throughout the bout, showing more grit than industrial strength sandpaper.

A crisp right hand by Kessler in the eighth round stunned Froch and appeared to have broken his nose. Froch showed great resilience as he lasted the round and finished the fight.

Both men came out strong in the final round, with Froch seeming to fight more from desperation. To his credit, Kessler held his ground and finished the fight as busy as he started it.

Froch holds his hands so low that you would think he is lightening fast, which he is not. Kessler found him with consistency all night.

They are both tied with two points in the Super Six Tournament, in a logjam of fighters who all trail the leader Arthur Abraham who has three, courtesy of his 12th round KO of Jermain Taylor.

Abraham will fight Froch later this summer while Kessler will fight newcomer Allan Green (who replaced Taylor) in Stage Three.

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