‘Super Six’ is a rousing success

By Tom Donelson, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: April 25, 2010

IOWA CITY (BASN) — There have been five fights in the Super Six Super Middleweight division and so far, it has been a rousing success.

All of the Super Six fights so far have shown the competitive depth of the division.

It doesn’t hurt that the Super Middleweight is the deepest division in boxing or one of the them.

Carl Froch took a split decision over Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham knocked Jermain Taylor in the final 10 seconds of the final round of their first round bout.

It subsequently ended Taylor’s participation in the tournament as a second straight 12th round knockout defeat convince his team that maybe he may not survive the tournament.

Andre Ward upset Mikkel Kessler with a 11th round stoppage that send a tremor throughout the tournament and boxing world.

Kessler was one of the favorites, but a shellacking at the hand by Ward sent a message that he was ready to take his claim as one of the best in the world.

In the second round, Andre Dirrell won on disqualification when Abraham hit him on the ground in a fight that Dirrell was winning handily in another big Super Six upset.

And Kessler defeated the undefeated Froch in a close fight that could have gone either way.

The Kessler-Froch was the best fight of the tournament as both fighters had their moments. Both fighters shook each others in the fight and both ended the fight with cuts over their eyes and the 12th round saw both fighters simply winging punches as both figured the fight was in the balance.

The score did not truly reflect its closeness but it did show what Showtime wanted to see, close competitive bouts not decided until the final round. The best part is that no one has any real claim on the tournament and who will make the semifinal as it is anyone tournament.

No one can truly predict the winner and the only advantage appears to be fighting in one’s hometown as the hometown fighter has one every fight. Each fights included their own stories and surprises.

In the Froch-Kessler bout, the counter punching Kessler became the aggressor and Froch found himself playing the boxer.

In the Dirrell-Abraham bout, Dirrell knocked Abraham down and survived a stunning left hook as he slipped to the ground.

He was on the ground after slipping where Abraham unleashed a left hook that sent Dirrell down.

The referee disqualified the German fighter for hitting his opponent on the ground.

At that point, Dirrell was easily winning the fight and was on his way for his first win in the tournament.

The biggest surprise was the Ward-Kessler fighter as Ward dominated the action by moving in and out but on occasion pressuring the Danish fighter to win a 11th round TKO.

The Super Six tournament shows that boxing promoters can think outside the box and produced great fights.

For the past year, the Super Middleweights have seen some great fights and that don’t even include Lucian Bute, who has two straight knockouts against top competition.