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Kessler KOs Magee in third

Mikkel Kessler won a fifth world title when he beat Brian Magee in Denmark on Saturday night.

The Dane stopped Magee in the third round of the fight in Herning to take over the WBA super-middleweight title.

A right hook sent Magee down for a second time after the Irishman had also been down in the second round.

Kessler, who improved his record to 46-2, including 35 knockouts, last held a world title in 2010 when he was the WBC champion.

He returned to the ring last year after overcoming an eye injury that forced him to withdraw from the Super Six middleweight series.

He suffered the injury in a fight against American Andre Ward in 2009.

REUTERS reports that Kessler first knocked Magee down with a right to the stomach and floored him again with another body shot in the third.

The referee stopped the fight 24 seconds into the third round of Magee's first title defence.

Kessler is now hoping for a showdown with Ward or Britain's Carl Froch.

The 37-year-old Magee told Sky Sports: "The first shot he hit me to the body really stung me badly. I just couldn't recover. It took all my might to get up from that shot."

"Mikkel is a great champion. All through the fight and the build-up he treated me with respect. I always knew he was a champion.

“I trained like a champion. I gave it my all but a body shot like that is hard to recover from."

The 33-year-old Kessler’s only other loss was to Britain's Joe Calzaghe, who has retired.

RON JACKSON writes that Magee's record now stands at 36-6, with 25 knockouts. Magee, a 37-year-old southpaw, had had only five fights since December 2008.

The 33-year-old Kessler, who lives in Copenhagen, had had only four fights since September 2009 when he stopped Gusmyr Perdermo in the fourth round.

He stopped Mads Larsen in the seventh round and Roman Aramyan in the eighth before IBF super-middleweight champion Lucien Bute beat him in the tenth round to retain the title in March last year.


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