The site and date of finals to the Super Six World Boxing Classic, Showtime’s revolutionary tournament concept for the super middleweight division, was formally announced by the U.S. cable network on Monday.
WBA titleholder Andre Ward, THE RING’s No. 1-rated super middleweight, and WBC beltholder Carl Froch, the magazine’s No. 2-rated 168-pound contender, will fight to determine the Super Six tournament winner on Oct. 29 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Both Ward, of Oakland, Calif., and Froch, of Nottingham, England, have impressed since the start of the tournament in 2009. Ward (24-0, 13 knockouts) has out-pointed former four-time beltholder Mikkel Kessler, once-beaten contender Allan Green, RING-rated Sakio Bika (in a non-tournament bout), and former middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham. Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) has out-pointed undefeated prospect Andre Dirrell, lost a close and thrilling 12 rounder to Kessler in the Dane’s home country, rebounded with a one-sided decision over Abraham, and out-boxed former light heavyweight champ Glen Johnson in an entertaining defense of his WBC title.
“I can’t think of two more deserving men than Andre and Carl to represent this tournament in the Final with a chance for one of them to hoist high the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup,” said Ken Hershman, Executive VP and GM of Showtime Sports. “The two survived the gauntlet – fighting one elite athlete after another – and rightfully deserve the division’s top billing.
“The Super Six was created to determine the No. 1 super middleweight in the world through an arduous run of championship level fights, but more importantly, to sustain conversation and piqued interest in these boxers before, during and between fights. It is clear that we have delivered that and much more.”
The winner of Ward-Froch will claim both world title belts, the vacant 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 beltholder. “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.”