Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Froch Defends Title in Super Six Classic

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Froch Defends Title in Super Six Classic

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CARL Froch will defend his WBC 168-pound world title in October against American Andre Dirrell in the first fight of a round-robin tournament between six leading super middleweights.

The unbeaten Nottingham fighter will compete in the 'Super Six World Boxing Classic' beginning in October alongside WBA champion Mikkel Kessler of Denmark, Germany's Arthur Abraham and American trio Dirrell, Andre Ward and Jermain Taylor.

Each boxer will fight three times in a group stage, winning two points for a victory with a bonus point on offer for a knockout or TKO. The top four pointsscorers progress to a semi-final round which will produce a grand final scheduled for early 2011.

Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) successfully defended his WBC title against Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) in April with a dramatic stoppage 14 seconds from the final bell in Connecticut and he will put his belt on the line against the unbeaten former Olympic bronze medallist Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) over 12 rounds at the Nottingham Arena, with a date announced soon.

Taylor will fight fellow former middleweight Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) while Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) defends his WBA title against Ward (19-0, 12 KOs) with the second and third series of group fights also set to be announced at a later date.

Froch was typically forthright in his predictions for both his next bout and the series as a whole. "I will remain the WBC champion regardless of what any other fighter thinks," he said.

"I'm in this tournament because I've earned my place in it, 25-0, 20 KOs, WBC number one (contender), defended it against a great fighter in Jermain Taylor in a humdinger in Connecticut.

"There are a couple of fighters coming through, some Olympians who've done well, everyone deserves to be here.

"But we are world champions, Mikkel Kessler and myself are bringing our titles to the tournament, we mean business and we're taking this very seriously. I'm sure all the fighters are but when you're a world champion you've got that extra edge in your heart and mind and soul. …

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