Carl Froch wins WBC super middleweight title
Carl Froch of Britain unanimously outpointed Arthur Abraham of
Germany in 12 rounds Saturday night to take the vacant WBC super
Two judges scored it 120-108 and the third had it 120-109.
The 33-year-old Froch improved to 27-1. The Armenian-born
Abraham dropped to 31-2.
The two men met in the ring for the first time in stage three of
the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Froch rebounded after losing to Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler in
April in his last fight. The 6-foot-1 Froch used his superior
reach, height and technical prowess to hold off Abraham and landed
several good series of punches.
”This ranks up there with my best performances,” Froch said.
”I had a long training camp with a variety of sparring and we
tried to emulate the style of Abraham a bit. Now we were able to
execute the game plan.”
After a cautious start, Abraham picked up in the second round
but managed only to attack in spurts.
In the sixth round, two blows from Froch seemed to connect
forcing Abraham down but U.S. referee Frank Garza ruled it as a
Froch hammered Abraham – on the ropes – in the eighth. The
German had almost come to a standstill by the 11th but made a
desperate attack for a knockout in the last round. Froch was
unfazed and took the title home.
”I wanted to hit him. I tried but I could not do it,” Abraham
said. ”Nothing more to say.”
The tournament in the 168-pound class has five boxers with Andre
Ward of the United States leading with six points. Froch has four
points, while Abraham and Glen Johnson of the United States each
have three. U.S fighter Allan Green has zero points.
Johnson was added to the Super Six after Kessler withdrew in
April due to an eye injury. He will meet Froch in the semifinal,
with Abraham taking on Ward.
”I have to take one fight at a time, then it’s the final.
Johnson seems to be a puncher,” Froch said. ”I came here trying
to preserve myself physically. I’m 33 and have two or three years
left at this level.”