Froch beats Johnson to reach Super Six finals
Britain’s Carl Froch beat Jamaica’s Glen Johnson on Saturday to
retain his WBC super middleweight title and advance to the finals
of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Judges John Stewart (117-111) and Mark Green (116-112) favored
Froch, as did The Associated Press (117-111). Judge Nobuaki
Yuratani had it even at 114-114.
”He was very tough, very strong,” said Froch, who earlier in
the week predicted that he would win every single round during a
chat with the media in New York City.
”He was like an oak tree,” Froch said following the fight. ”I
started off slow, but towards the end I was throwing more punches.
I thought I won the fight easily. I don’t know what that other
judge was thinking.”
Nottingham native Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) has been on a roll in the
modified round-robin tournament, which was designed to pit the best
of the division against each other. Best, that is, except for
Romanian-Canadian Lucian Bute, who is not taking part.
After an impressive victory over the 42-year-old Johnson, a
former light-heavyweight champion, Froch will meet Andre Ward in
the tournament finals later this year. Ward advanced with a
semifinal victory earlier this year against Arthur Abraham.
Froch had to work hard to get to the final. Johnson (51-15-2)
controlled the first few rounds and never stopped pressing. Buoyed
by the support of the crowd, Johnson brought the fans to their feet
several times with overhand rights that thudded against Froch’s
”I feel like that was the kind of fight that fans want to
see,” Johnson said. ”It was a close fight, but I can’t argue with
the decision. I got a little bit greedy and started to take myself
out of fight. I just wanted to land bigger punches instead of
Froch was never fazed by Johnson’s punches. In most cases, he
answered them with strong body shots and crisp combinations.
The 33-year-old was making the first defense of the WBC title he
regained with a unanimous decision over Abraham in the round-robin
portion of the tournament last November.
On the undercard, Hungarian light-heavyweight Zsolt Erdei (33-0,
18 KOs) got a sixth-round knockout of Byron Mitchell (28-8-1).
Erdei, a former WBO light-heavyweight and WBC cruiserweight
champion, wore down Mitchell with a steady onslaught of punches
before dropping him twice in the sixth. Mitchell got up from both
knockdowns, but referee Eddie Cotton wisely stopped the bout at
1:58 of the round.
”I’m looking for a title shot now,” Erdei said through an
interpreter. ”I have great respect for Bernard Hopkins as the best
boxer in this division, so that would be a great challenge.”
Hopkins recently became the oldest fighter to win a major title
by defeating Jean Pascal for the WBC and IBO light-heavyweight