Froch to return to Atlantic City for Super Six final - 21/07/2011
Saturday, October 29, two confident reigning world champions–one from America, the other from Europe–will collide in the eagerly awaited Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, a World Championship Unification, live on Sky Sports from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
When the Super Six began, neither undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, California, nor his World Boxing Council (WBC) counterpart, Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), from Nottingham, were among the favourites.
But through career defining fights and remarkable drama both in and out of the ring, Ward and Froch have persevered and emerged as prominent members of boxing’s exclusive Pound-for-Pound list and are now poised for global stardom.
Froch v Johnson in the Super 6 Semi Finals
The winner of the 12-rounder will claim super middle supremacy, both world championship belts, The Ring magazine championship and the coveted Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.
"Going into a fight of this magnitude, I expect the toughest fight of my career," said Ward.
Froch echoed Ward’s comments regarding the enormity of the Super Six Final. "Not only is it for two world titles, but it’s for the tournament trophy and The Ring belt is also on the line," said the WBC champion. "It makes this the biggest and the most prestigious fight to happen for as far back as I can remember.
"This has been a fantastic tournament. It has produced some amazing fights in our division, fights that certainly would not have happened otherwise. For the Final, we have a great fight between two superior athletes."
Ward said, "The Super Six has given me the opportunity to fight the best and, so far, I’ve been fortunate to beat the best. It’s also given me the chance to do what I’ve always wanted to do and that’s become undisputed champion. This fight brings me closer.
"I salute SHOWTIME and everyone involved for allowing me into this tournament. We’ve all put our nose to the ground, and we’re still standing and heading to a grand finale. I’m excited to be part of it."
The last boxer from the United States to capture an Olympic Games gold medal, the six-foot one, 27-year-old Ward captured the WBA belt by upsetting Super Six co-favorite Mikkel Kessler with an impressive 11th-round technical decision in Group Stage 1. Ward retained the crown with lopsided 12-round unanimous decisions over Allan Green, Sakio Bika and, most recently, Arthur Abraham (last May 14) in a Super Six Semifinal. Ward will be making his fourth defense against Froch.
Coming into the tournament off a 12th-round TKO over Jermain Taylor, Froch took a 12-round split decision over Andre Dirrell in Group Stage 1. The 33-year-old Froch then lost the WBC belt on a close decision to Kessler in a thrilling Fight of the Year candidate during Group Stage 2, but regained it in his subsequent Super Six start when, after an eye injury sidelined Kessler and forced him to relinquish the belt, he masterfully outclassed a determined Abraham en route to a unanimous decision. Froch defended his strap and secured a berth in the Final with a convincing, hard-fought decision over Glen Johnson last June 4.
In what will be an intense, highly charged affair, Froch fully expects his power to be the difference.
"Ward is a boxer and mover who can be messy up close," Froch said. "I can box when I need to and I have proven time and again that I can fight with the best of them. I have my natural fitness, a big heart, experience at the top level and the ability to take a punch.
"My punching power is far superior to Ward’s. This will prove to be the deciding factor."
Style-wise, Froch compares Ward to an earlier Super Six victim, Dirrell. "They are similar," Froch said. "Both can't punch and both are frightened of getting hit hard."
Eddie Hearn, Managing Director, Matchroom Sport added: "Carl Froch epitomizes everything that is great about this sport. He puts everything on the line every time he enters the ring, in short he is the ultimate warrior. Beyond the steel determination is a sharp and bright mind who when linking up with his trainer Rob McCracken, can devise game plans to overcome anyone in this division. This is a huge fight, it's the kind of fight that determines your legacy, a fight that you have worked your whole life towards. The Super Six Cup, 2 prestigious World title belts and the Ring Magazine belt - Carl Froch will be Andre Ward's worst nightmare on October 29th and will NOT be denied.
"The Super Six has been a breath of fresh air in the sport of boxing. It's almost like how boxing used to be - the best fight the best, forget the politics. It's given us great fights, great drama and you couldn't have a more fitting final."
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