Another Look At The Super Six

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 20, 2009

NEW YORK (BASN) — The Super Six: World Boxing Classic is indeed everything it’s supposed to be: Excellent fights with competitive match-ups featuring the top six super middleweights in the world.

Two world 168-pound champions, a pair of unbeaten 2004 Olympic medalists, and a pair of former world middleweight champions have been matched accordingly to crown one elite champion.

Before moving into the details about the tournament, the health and well-being of former undisputed world middleweight champion, Jermain Taylor casts a dark shadow over the tournament.

In the opening bout of the Super Six: World Boxing Classic presented by SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, Taylor suffered a devastating one-punch knockout defeat at the hands of former unbeaten IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham.

The knockout occurred with just six seconds left in the final round of the bout in front of over 12,000 at the O2 Arena in Berlin, Germany on Saturday.

The loss suffered was Taylor’s third knockout defeat in his last five fights – two of the KOs occurring in the final seconds of the last round in each of his previous two bouts.

In April, Taylor was winning his bout against WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch until he was brutally pummeled and suffered two knockdowns before the bout was stopped with 14 seconds remaining.

Against Froch, Taylor was more than competitive. He was actually wining the fight. Taylor was out-boxing Froch and even scored a knockdown early in the contest. Taylor was ahead on the scorecards before he was stopped in the final round.

Against Abraham, Taylor was competitive, but didn’t have anything aside from throwing a series of left-jab flurries that led him to a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics, two repeat victories against Bernard Hopkins for the undisputed world middleweight championship, and a series of televised bouts on HBO and SHOWTIME.

Taylor, a successful professional boxing champion, couldn’t hurt Abraham. When Abraham realized the reality that he had nothing to fear other than the efficiency and effectiveness of Taylor’s jabs, Abraham began taking risks and pressed his opponent.

He would counter with right hands that landed often with authority. Abraham, behind his peek-a-boo defensive style, threw combinations to Taylor’s body and head that appeared to shake Taylor.

Taylor simply couldn’t keep pace with the speed and accuracy of Abraham’s speed, power, and efficiency. Taylor never appeared wiling to engage the shorter Abraham in a slugfest.

Taylor seemed content on keeping a distance, throw jabs, and take it the bout round-by-round. Abraham, who started off very slowly, turned up the heat after the fourth round and was relentless with his pressure attack.

It was clear Abraham had the fight won entering the final round and Taylor needed a knockout to win. However, one of the stipulations of the Super Six tournament is that a fighter is awarded an extra point for a knockout victory.

In addition to a 2-point win, Abraham was awarded an extra point for knocking Taylor out. An aggressive Abraham caught Taylor with a straight-right on the chin that left Taylor flat on the mat with his arms straight towards the ceiling.

“It was a very good fight, and Jermain Taylor is a good fighter. Maybe I’m just a little better,” Abraham stated.

Abraham improves to 31-0, 25 KOs. Taylor falls to 28-4-1, 17 KOs.

Taylor released from Berlin Hospital

As a precaution following his brutal one-round KO on Saturday, Jermain Taylor was admitted into a Berlin hospital and released on Sunday. Taylor will continue to vacation in Europe before retuning home to the United States.

Taylor suffered a concussive knockout at the hands of Arthur Abraham.

“I want thank all my fans and those concerned and let everyone know I’m doing just fine and feeling good,” said Taylor. “I want to congratulate Arthur Abraham on his victory and wish him well in the tournament. Right now my plans are to relax and enjoy my vacation in Europe with my wife, Erica.”

Team Taylor is equally thankful for the outpouring of support shown by fans around the globe, and promises their number one goal is making sure their charge is fit and healthy.

“All of us at DiBella Entertainment are grateful that Jermain is feeling better after fighting his heart out on Saturday night,” said Lou DiBella, promoter of Taylor. “Jermain showed his warrior spirit after working tirelessly to approach the fight in the finest shape of his career. Happily, with the doctor’s blessing, he has been released from the hospital and is presently relaxing in Europe. This is the best news we could’ve received.”

Taylor should retire

With Jermain Taylor having suffered a concussion and having been admitted into a German hospital for at least several days, maybe Taylor’s career-long promoter and confidant Lou DiBella should discuss with SHOWTIME a suitable replacement for Taylor. Perhaps Taylor, at 31, should hang-up his boxing gloves for good. No one wants to continue seeing Taylor taking punishment and finishing his fights o his back.

From the time Taylor was KO’d by current world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in the seventh round two years ago, the losses have gotten progressively worse. Taylor has become easier to hit and is taking more punishment.

Should Taylor continue, he’s going to get hurt.

Boxing is an unforgiving sport and some fighters are never the same after a knockout defeat. Once described as a world champion, Taylor has been regulated as an opponent for the other fighters involved in the Super Six.

Froch derails Dirrell, retains WBC title

In the second but of the Super Six: World Boxing Classic, WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch made the second successful defense of his crown beating previously unbeaten 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Andre Dirrell. Froch had a major hometown advantage fighting at the Trent FM Arena in his native Nottingham, England.

Froch won a 12-round spilt-decision of a very difficult fight to score. One judge scored the contest 115-112 (Dirrell), 115-112 (Froch), and 114-113 ((Froch). Had Dirrell not been docked one point in round ten for clinching Froch, the fight would have been declared a split-draw.

Dirrell, recognized for his blazing hand speed and movement, did a great job of making Froch throw wildly and missing. Even though Froch’s punch output was low, Dirrell didn’t do much damage.

He simply didn’t do enough to take the title away from Froch. Dirrell didn’t keep his hands as busy as he did when he fought guys like Oganov, Findley, Hanshaw, and the other fighters he was fed throughout his young career.

Dirrell simply did too much movement around the ring; similar to the way an amateur fighter prances around the ring when they realized they have accumulated enough points to win a decision.

Instead, it was Froch who pressed the action. Froch was the one moving forward and tried to make a serious fight out of a home defense. Based on the fact Dirrell didn’t do enough, Froch deserved to win the decision.

“I don’t know how he expected to come to the Champions hometown and take the WBC belt fighting like that,” Froch said. “Nobody likes to see someone running and being negative and I think people recognized that I was trying to make a fight of it but it takes two to tango. I like to stand there and have a fight and give the fans and the TV viewers a real show but Dirrell wasn’t interested in that kind of fight.”

Next, Froch will meet WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler in a unification bout providing Kessler defeats Andre Ward on November 21, in California. Meanwhile, Dirrell moves on to fight Abraham.

Froch remains unbeaten at 26-0, 20 KOs. Dirrell falls to 18-1, 13 KOs.