There is now no question who the world's best 168-pounder is. Unbeaten WBO super middleweight champion, Joe Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KOs) claimed the WBC and WBA titles from previously unbeaten Mikkel Kessler (39-1, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales in front of over 50,000 spectators.
Calzaghe was very aggressive from the opening bell but both fighters were very accurate and sharp.
Calzaghe had a very good round three, dropping his hands and using his speed to land straight lefts against Kessler.
Kessler landed two excellent uppercuts in round four. Calzaghe started to take control in rounds five and six with the famous boxing skills that have made him a champion for over a decade.
In the seventh, Kessler had his best round since round four, landing several hard shots although Calzaghe threw over 100 punches. Kessler was very aggressive in the eighth, trying to turn the tide, but Calzaghe came on at the end of the round.
Calzaghe continued to outbox Kessler in round nine. The fighters went toe-to-toe in a very exciting round 10, but Calzaghe seemed to have more in the tank.
Calzaghe continued to blunt the desperate attacks of Kessler over the final two rounds to win by scores of 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.