Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward: Predictions

The Franchise says...

When the initial pairings for the first stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic were released, this is the fight that jumped out at me right away. Mikkel Kessler impressed me a lot by giving Joe Calzaghe a good fight a few years ago, and Andre Ward seems like a star in the making. Putting them in the ring together can't help but lead to good things, right?

In some ways this match-up is similar to the Carl Froch-Andre Dirrell fight with a faster American going up against a more powerful European. But that's about where it ends, because Kessler has more boxing skills than Froch, while Ward is a more polished product than the other Andre.

There's certainly a chance that this is too big a step up for Ward, both in terms of competition and the big stage. There are some slight questions about his power and his chin, too, and Kessler will expose them if they are legitimate flaws.

I think Ward is ready to shine. Kessler is too tough and too smart to get knocked out, but I believe he'll come up short on the scorecards and Ward will win a tight but unanimous decision.

Uatu says...

Kessler to win. I foresee a knockdown, and possibly a TKO, and the towel being thrown in.

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