Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward

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Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward
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Date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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Rounds Scheduled: 
12
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Official Judging
Stanley Christodoulou 92 - 98
Steve Morrow 92 - 98
Mikael Hook 93 - 97

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Fight Notes: 

Andre Ward has his coming out party in his opening Super Six World Boxing Classic bout when he lifts the WBA title from Mikkel Kessler in front of a hometown crowd in Oakland. The undefeated Ward takes Kessler to school, busting him up with swift power shots and getting out of harm's way for ten one-sided rounds before an accidental head butt opens a bad cut over Kessler's right eye. When the ringside doctor decides to stop the fight, the bout goes to the scorecards, where, despite the judges failing to score the eleventh round, Ward wins a conclusive technical decision to become champion.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Mikkel Kessler
                                                                    
9
9.10
9
9
9.15
9
9
9
9.15
9
9
Andre Ward
                                                                    
10
9.90
10
10
9.85
10
10
10
9.85
10
10


Fan Cards: Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward


scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
99
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
110


scorecard by AMNESIAC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by THEUNDEFEATED
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by JAROD KILLIAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
92
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
98


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
100
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
109


scorecard by VC1088
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
99
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
110


scorecard by ONLY1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by CHRIS M95
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
99
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
110


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
99
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
110


scorecard by JDTOMP29
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by SAM11333
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
102
ANDRE WARD
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
107


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
99
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
110


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by CHRISTIANTHEPEARSON
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
90
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
100


scorecard by TALESFROMTHECRYPT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
92
ANDRE WARD
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
98


scorecard by COREY WILLINGER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKKEL KESSLER
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
99
ANDRE WARD
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
110




Comments

rorschach's picture

Now time for the fight that put Ward on the map.

TheUndefeated's picture

Judges did not score the 11th round in which the fight was stopped halfway through due to a cut caused by an accidental clash of heads sending it to the cards for tech. decision.

I'll start with compliments to Ward. His quick, unorthodox, athletic style clearly made Kessler uncomfortable from the opening bell. He never allowed him to get set and work under the steady building rhythm that he prefers. When he keeps under control, Ward's "tricks" are very good, reminding of Hopkins (strike-and-hold, quick punching right after the break, sudden lunges at odd moments, holding the arm on the far side of the ref and punching with the other in clinches, etc.). The first 4-6 rounds looked almost like a Ward master-class performance.

As the fight went on Ward became less disciplined. Whether this was intentional or not, who knows. But his lunges at Kessler became more wild and his head became another weapon for him, either leading or following punches with it. By the time the fight was over referee Reiss said there were at least five accidental clashes of heads and the evidence was clear on Kessler's face. Not one of his facial injuries was definitively the result of a punch (though it is possible, as he did land many of those as well). The holding by Ward also excessive, but Reiss let him do it without warning.

Regardless, Ward still utterly dominated the fight, but did so in a somewhat ignoble way. He didn't need to fight that way to win. It's up to referees to help tame fighters' illegal or reckless tendencies during a fight. When they fail to address it, they authorize it to continue. Kessler was the champ, but traveled to Oakland. Had Ward come to Denmark with a different referee, it would have been interesting to see how firm warnings to Ward may have altered his tactics.

Chris M95's picture

1 sorta agree about Ward being reckless and not just "as the fight went on" but as early as around the 5th and 6th stanzas itself 2 totally disagree with the clinching comment..if anybody was clinching excessively it was Kessler not Ward...regardless of which fighter was initiating clinches Ward from what i remember A. was the fighter more actively interested in listening to ref Jack Reiss with regards to breaking off clinches and B. the fighter who wanted to work off the clinches and getting his hands free on the inside to work whereas Kessler in his firm grip to prevent Ward from doing so reminded of recent female fight where champ Ewa Brodnicka getting ripped on the inside by Mikaela Mayer and hurt with body punching and having no answers being forced to hold on excessively and eventually dropping points for it...also Kessler holding here reminds me now of a conversation Manny Steward rip was having with Max Kellerman during one of Casamayor's fight...Mr Steward called it something like "clutching" and talked about it being not strategic or at times when a fight when a fighter is not severely hurt as Kessler wasnt in many of those instances when Ward was trying to work on the inside and Kessler held on for dear life until in many instances the ref Reiss was forced to step in and break em...

Kessler was warned TWICE for holding in the 9th stanza if memory serves and rightly so as the situation demanded by Jack Reiss whereas Ward never let the ref to issue him with those warnings by holding on in clinches the same way Kessler was in that stanza and rds prior and matter of fact Ward hardly got 2 SIMILAR warnings for the same...what may be deemed "offense" by the ref in the fight until the late and championship rounds in the fight across different rds much less in ONE SINGLE rd as Kessler did for holding in the 9th and once again rightfully so and mind you Ward got plenty warning by the ref and outside of the headbutt just not for SIMILAR offenses (until the championship rds and definitely not for clinching in short intervals the way Kessler did)
for instances Jack Reiss warned Ward around the middle rds for leaving his lead glove opened out there as a measuring stick i wanna say the 5th rd but i dont remember exactly but i do know that Ward in the 5th stanza being extra cautious to ref's instructions if anything to the point having a brain fart moment right after gets clocked hard by Kessler and leads to Kessler best rd of the fight with Kessler on the attack successfully mostly from the point in the rd not dissimialr when Ward paying a little too much attention to ref's warning in the Bika fight gets clocked with a big left hook there too i wanna say the 11th rd of that fight but not sure so dont quote me...i have to look into my fight notes or watch footage again to list down the different warnings both fighters got from Jack Reiss in different rds but yeah

so yes the ref's instructions and warnings Ward (which there was many off just not similar warnings in close intervals) was a huge factor in how Ward fought minus his reckless tendencies which did lead to those accidental head butts which i dont think REiss can be blamed for too much as unlike with clinches damage is already done before the ref can actively take actions and of course he can take points ( 2 if he deems them intentional especially after prior warnings) but what if the latter incidents of those 5 accidental head butts Reiss talked about post fight where all individually in the moment judged to be totally accidental?

also with regards to facial damage suffered by Kessler also shouldnt it be taken into consideration the skin textures and different skin cutting differently also and not just comparing features post fight to arrive at one singular guilty party based on events as if memory serves Kessler caught Ward coming in with a head butt too i wanna say in the 10th stanza (accidentally mostly) but Ward never cut and hence that incident wouldnt fall under similar scrutiny of Ward's moments of recklessness i could try to find that butt screenshot and upload it on here if this site allowed pics function

with regards to the 2 moments of recklessness on Ward's part which did result in Kessler's cuts if memory serves the 8th and 10th rds (or around there) it was unfortunate and mad wild but it doesnt seem intentional without reasonable doubt im not sure it did and the other 3 accidental head butts Reiss saw maybe even less so on their own so im not sure if there was a whole lot Reiss could have done different after the occurrence of those individual butts....didnt seem real blatant like lets say like even when Duran jumped in with his head to cut Ray Leonard in the 11th rd of their first fight or as intentional the way Ward fights back in a similar manner to those opponents who try to rough Ward up like Bika, Allen Green with their elbows and head vs him and Edwin Rodriguez with questionable rouse housing tactics of his own to which Ward looked to reply in kind and not just give his opponents an advantage even in that department (dont wanna open a can of worms with the Kovalev fights but Ward kept looking at RObert Byrd from the first round on with regards to Kovalev's head locks and rough tactics before finally taking matters into his own hands in the 3rd stanza holding his leg pushing Kovalev back into the ropes AFTER Kovalev tried to rough him again and Kovalev himself in the same stanza holds Ward and literally pushes him to the ropes but again held to different standards) and Ward showed all the way back in his third ever pro fight how it proceeded and the post fight interview that he was not just no pretty fighter that would let his opponents rough him with no consequences but same time knew where to draw the line and take ref's instructions and alter his course of actions to the point where it was third pro opponent and not him getting DQ'd and even with rough housing his opponents back the way he does Ward doesnt seem to this writer to be as rough with em tactics as let say Duran,Chavez, Trinidad and other legends but once again diffeerent standards (and i wouldnt call neither off em dirty fighters as say i would a Agapito Sanchez) and Kessler wasnt a case where Ward was forced to get down and dirty back to even the playing field but rather to me a fighter who was constantly at the wrong place at the wrong time every time Ward decided to get reckless with Kessler head out there upright and seeming lack of versatility and know how of inside fighting at the highest of elite levels didnt help his case either every time Ward tried to get on the inside reckless or otherwise

for what its worth Kessler best rds in the fight came when Ward was hyper reckless and wild when Kessler could counter a reckless Ward easier...outside the 5th stanza, the first halfs of the 6th and 10th when Ward was jumping in like a demon outside of which Kessler best moments in the fight was rare like an uppercut he landed at the end of the the 9th in fight Ward controlled as you sir have said pretty well
have a couple assumptions sometimes but not sure entirely why Ward shifts gears and goes into complete reckless mode at certain times but it was something Virgil Hunter used to advice Ward against in the corner in multiple instances as evidenced by footage of Ward's earlier career fights if memory serves the Jason Revalo fight too

Chris M95's picture

going back to the "pic function" part would love if this site had those features to upload pics with comments the same way facebook or whatsapp does...would be much easier with taking screenshots and posting em