168-pound titlist Mikkel Kessler meets challenger Gusmyl Perdomo tonight on Showtime. Also featured: Andre Ward v. Shelby Pudwill. (Photo via www.boxnews.com.ua)
Live, round-by-round coverage and scoring starts tonight at 10pm. Showtime will televise both fights.
NOTE: Kessler-Perdomo is being aired by Showtime on tape delay, and is not live. DO NOT post spoilers in this thread. Spoilers in this thread will get you banned. If you feel compelled to post spoilers for Kessler-Perdomo, do it in a FanPost and clearly label the title with "SPOILERS."
Not gonna do the records bit for this show, because it's a showcase show, and we all know it. Kessler and Ward are due to meet in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on November 21, and both of them are looking for impressive victories, and perhaps even more importantly, to not get hurt at all or suffer a bad cut or anything like that.
Kessler (41-1, 31 KO) is facing the tougher test, as Gusmyl Perdomo's record (16-2, 10 KO) doesn't quite tell you how much talent he has. Kessler is the perceived top dog by many (including yours truly) at 168 pounds, but Perdomo over Kessler would be a lesser upset than, say, Marquez over Mayweather. Cliff Rold thinks Perdomo has a speed advantage and doesn't rate Kessler as significantly better in any way.
Andre Ward (19-0, 12 KO) faces Shelby Pudwill (22-3-1, 9 KO) and should face no resistance. Pudwill is 34 years old and has fought just once since a 2006 first round TKO loss to John Duddy. The Pudwill name is mostly known due to Shelby's brother, Tucker, getting an iffy title shot at Joe Calzaghe years ago.
Also happening tonight, which may or may not wind up getting some coverage in the comments:
"Undefeated Champions" PPV headlined by Ivan Calderon v. Rodel Mayol in a rematch
"Latin Fury 33394" featuring Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. v. Jason LeHoullier