It is Froch vs Ward in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Final

Carl Froch headed to the Super Six World Boxing Classic to face Andre Ward. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

At the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, live on Showtime, Nottingham, United Kingdom’s WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his title and advanced to the Final of the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic against Andre Ward with a majority 12-round decision over Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs)

It wasn’t all peaches and cream for Froch against the 42-year-old Johnson, who was fighting in his 68th professional fight. In the contest, Froch was hit by more than a few big right hands.


Carl Froch (l) is shown clobbering Glen Johnson (r) during their Super Middleweight title bout at Boardwalk Hall on June 4, 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Japanese judge Nobuaki Uratani was the odd-man out when he scored the bout 114-114. Fortunately for boxing fans, they do have three judges.  Uratani was overruled by judges John Stewart (117-111) and Mark Green (116-112).

“It was very tough. He’s a guy you hit and nothing happens,” admitted Froch. “If you can imagine sparring an oak tree? You hit him and he doesn’t move,” he added with a laugh.

After the bout, Froch’s opponent in the finals, Andre Ward said “It’s the grand finale. It’s time to get it on. I want that trophy in my trophy case and he’s going to try to stop that from happening. We’re the guys who started off this tournament, so it’s only natural and fitting that we be in the finals.”

On April 24, 2010, Mikkel Kessler (r) won a unanimous decision over Carl Froch (l) in the Super Six Tournament. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Former WBC/WBA champion Mikkel Kessler was looking to regain his status as one of the premier super middleweights in the world and did just that by knocking Mehdi Bouadla down four times in their fight at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday.

The final knockdown forced the sixth-round stoppage. It was Kessler’s first start since a potentially career-ending eye injury forced him to withdraw from the Super Six World Boxing Classic shortly after he won a brutal unanimous decision over Froch on April 24, 2010. The victory put Kessler, 32, back in the thick of things in the talent-rich 168-pound division.



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