Mikkel Kessler Stops Dimitri Sartison, Haussler Next?

By Mark Vester

At the  Brondby Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mikkel Kessler (40-1, 30KOs), in his first bout since losing a decision to Joe Calzaghe last November, stopped previously unbeaten Dimitri Sartison (22-1, 14KOs) in the twelfth and final round to capture the vacant WBA super middleweight title.

Sartinson was game, but could never off with enough punches to change the pace of the fight. Kessler slowly broke him down, sending him down to a knee in the eleventh and finished him off in the final round. Sartison was so exhausted that he crumbled after the fight and was carried out on a stretcher.

Per the order of the WBA, Kessler must now face Danilo Haussler (29-3, 7KOs) inside of 120 days with a 60-40 split of the purse in favor of Kessler. Team Palle, Kessler's promoters, plan to appeal the WBA's decision and Sauerland Event, who promote Haussler, will fight for their man to get his shot.

On the undercard

Lightweight Martin Kristjansen (20-2-3, 6KOs) continued to recover from the knockout loss to Amir Khan by stopping Wellington de Jesus (15-3, 9KOs) in the fourth-round.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 06-23-2008

Haussler may be one of the most undeserving title challengers of all time. Dude hasn't beaten a live fighter in three years and even that was at home in a German split decision. Only time he fought in the US…

Comment by 120 on 06-22-2008

[QUOTE=BatTheMan;3657172]Mogens Palle said that Kessler will NOT fight Haussler. So either Kessler pays him off or vacates. Palle also said that Kessler's next fight WILL be in the US.[/QUOTE] Good to know thx, I wasn't looking forward to a Haussler…

Comment by BattlingNelson on 06-22-2008

[QUOTE=120;3657144]I hope KEssler makes a comeback...I want to see him fight in the states[/QUOTE] Mogens Palle said that Kessler will NOT fight Haussler. So either Kessler pays him off or vacates. Palle also said that Kessler's next fight WILL be…

Comment by 120 on 06-22-2008

I hope KEssler makes a comeback...I want to see him fight in the states

Comment by PunchDrunk on 06-21-2008

Kessler was hurt by a counter right hand, which was pretty much the first punch Sartison threw. After that Kessler went from strength to strength as the rounds went on, becoming increasingly dominant. Sartison was definitely no bum, he was…

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