By Mark Vester
At MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark, WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32Os) stopped mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo (16-3, 10KOs) in four rounds.
In his first fight in nearly a year, Kessler came out looking very rusty in the first two rounds. Perdomo was pressing the fight and landing some good punches. Kessler found his groove in the third, coming out strong with his power punches, working the jab and dropping Perdomo near the end of the round with a good right hand to the head.
In the fourth, Kessler rocked Perdomo in the first minute and then battered him against the ropes until the ref jumped in to stop the contest. Kessler moves forward to his November 21 clash with undefeated Andre Ward in the first round of the Super Six tournament being put together by Showtime.
Undercard by Per Ake Persson
WBC and WBA female welterweight champ Cecilia Braekhus retained her titles with a hard fought ten-round points win over German-Italian Lucia Morelli. It was scored 99-92, 97-93 and 98-92 - a scoring that looked generous to the champion.
Morelli made the fight and scored with several good righthanders but Braekhus moved well and was the overall better boxer and closed out with a strong final round.
Cruiserweight Alexander Frenkel knockad out Hungarian Laszlo Hubert with a rights -
left hook combination in the third of a scheduled eight, Hubert was badly out of it but recovered.
Ex-Contender participant Ahmed Kaddour, now at middleweight, won a unanimous decision after six over German Mike Ermis. Kaddour wasn´t in shape and had trouble most of the way securing a win on scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-57.
Jr welterweight Kasper Bruun floored and stopped Hungarian Mihaly Telefki for a stoppage at 2.27 of the fourth. Bruun picked up a nasty cut in the second.
Middleweight Patrick Nielsen, from the very CIK gym where Kessler and numerous other Danish pros got their start turned pro and stopped Hungarian Zoltan Borovics in the very first round of a mismatch.