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Froch bests Johnson, meets Ward in Super Six Finals
NEW YORK, NY—The finals of the Super Six: World Boxing Classic seen exclusively on SHOWTIME has been set. WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) won a majority decision over Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) after twelve brutal rounds on Saturday at the Adrian Phillips Arena inside Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ.
The judges scored the bout 117-111, 116-112, and 114-114 even.
Froch will next face WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward.
Froch’s road to the finals was difficult, yet unexpected. Of all the fighters in the tournament, Froch is the only fighter to have lost his title, regain it, and successfully defend it in the tournament. Froch has also fought in four different countries – the United States, Denmark, Morocco, and his native Britain.
Froch entered the tournament as the WBC 168-pound champion during its inaugural stage in October 2009. Froch won a hard-fought, close split-decision against 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Andre Dirrell. In April 2010, Froch lost the WBC title to Mikkel Kessler of Denmark in what was perhaps the best fight of the tournament. In November, Froch reclaimed the WBC title vacated by Kessler (due to an eye injury) by dominating Arthur Abraham through twelve rounds.
“Everyone is finally starting to acknowledge what I’ve done in successive fights,” Froch said afterwards.
Unlike Ward, Froch didn’t have the comfort of fighting in front of his hometown fans for all three tournament fights when he beat Kessler for the WBA title last November, and busting up Allan Green and Abraham in separate title defenses. Froch also didn’t have the option of making an optional defense outside of the tournament as did Ward.
Froch was matched tough and fought accordingly against Johnson, who gave the WBC champion all he could handle. Froch-Johnson was an all-action, throwback classic. Both fighters were unrelenting in their attack. But in the end, it was Froch, the younger, fresher, and busier champion that pulled away from Johnson. Froch noticeably got the better of Johnson in the later rounds, he simply couldn’t keep up with Froch’s busier pace.
“I wasn’t 100% happy with my performance, because I’m the kind of guy who likes to unload my shots,” Froch added. “I didn’t do that enough tonight, but I did enough to win. Johnson is a big, strong light heavyweight and he can hang in with everyone. He is a proud, strong man. He was fading towards the end because I was hitting him.”
When promoter Lou DiBella spoke of Johnson he hit the nail right on the head saying, “If you don’t love Glen Johnson then you don’t love boxing.”
In DiBella’s words it truly was an honor and a privilege to watch Johnson, a 42 year-old man in the late stages of his Hall of Fame career wage war with one of boxing’s better champions.
“It was a close fight,” Johnson said. “There was a lot of give and take. He hit me with some solid, clean shots. Carl can fight. He is tough. We look forward to seeing a great fight between the two men who have made it to the finals.”
Johnson of course is speaking of the finals to the Super Six: World Boxing Classic. The winner of Froch vs. Ward will not only win the tournament, but will also become the unified WBC/WBA super middleweight champion.
“I’m going to stay on the ball,” Froch concluded. “I will have a little bit of a rest, and I’ll go back and see my baby boy Rocco. But, I will stay straight and stay fit.”
Like father, like son
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. joined his legendary father as the fifth father-son duo in boxing history to have won a world title. Chavez (40-0-1, 30 KOs) claimed the WBC middleweight title by winning a 12-round majority decision against Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The scores read 116-112, 115-113, and 114-114. It was an entertaining contest and a tough challenge for the 25 year-old Mexican. But Chavez’ size and youth allowed him to grind out a close, but well-deserved decision.
Chavez Sr.-Chavez Jr. joined Floyd Patterson-Tracy Harris Patterson, Guty Espadas Sr.-Guty Espadas Jr., Leon Spinks-Cory Spinks, Wilfredo Vazquez Sr.-Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. as boxing’s only father-son duo to have won world titles.
KLITSCHKO vs. HAYE: THE WAR IS THREE WEEKS AWAY
The epic world heavyweight championship fight between unified IBF/WBO and IBO titlist Wladimkir Klitschko and David Haye, the WBA champion is three weeks away. The two will meet in a soccer stadium in Hamburg, Germany. RTL, SKY Box Office, and HBO will be amongst the networks televising the fight live to 150 countries.
HBO will televise the fight here live in the United States beginning at 4:45 PM/ET.
Wladimir, along with older brother Vitali (WBC champion), are the only siblings to simultaneously reign as heavyweight champions. Klitschko vs. Haye is the most significant heavyweight championship fight in years because, it is the first heavyweight title unification bout in more than three years. Klitschko outpointed Sultan Ibragimov to claim the WBO belt in February 2008 at the historic Madison Square Garden.
Also, Haye’s WBA title is the only belt missing from the Klitschko’s grasp of the undisputed crown. Beating Haye won’t be easy, as he has proven to be skillful, fast, and relentless. Haye clearly doesn’t like Klitschko and would love to put a dent in their Family legacy by beating Wladimir.
Beating Haye may not be easy, but defeating Wladimir maybe even harder. The 6′ 7,” 245-pound knockout puncher is a 1996 Atlanta Olympic gold medalist, had an a stellar 134-6 amateur record, competed in more than a dozen heavyweight title fights, and is nearing 60 professional fights.
Klitschko uses his size, speed, and power very well. His footwork is very intimidating for a lot of fighters to deal with because, very few big move as well as Wladimir.
Get ready because, Klitschko vs. Haye going to be a great fight with an exciting finish.