2005-06-08 Mikkel Kessler w pts 12 Anthony Mundine, Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia - WBA

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2005-06-08 Mikkel Kessler w pts 12 Anthony Mundine, Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia - WBA. Referee: Luis Pabon. Scorecards: 116-112, 120-108, 117-113. Starting fast, Mundine (166¾) traded with the champion in the opening session before going on the back foot and making himself a difficult target. However, in the fourth Kessler (167½) finally made his mark, punching away with both hands, before increasing the tempo in the middle rounds with stiff jabs and solid right crosses. Mundine was still boxing well though and was always a threat, especially when coming on strong in the ninth with combinations and right crosses that shook Kessler. The last three sessions saw both men looking to make an impression and it was Kessler who impressed the judges most when going for the body and landing heavily to make sure of the win.