The ill-fated Super Six World Boxing Classic continued at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on June 4 with England’s Carl Froch (28-1, 20 Kos) punching his ticket to the finals by beating Glen Johnson (51-15-2, 35 Kos) via a majority decision. Froch will now meet American Andre Ward later this year in the final of the super middleweight tournament. Froch also retained his WBC Super Middleweight Championship with the win.
As the majority decision would indicate, the fight wasn’t easy for the 33-year-old Froch even though his opponent was nine years his senior. Johnson landed several solid right hands that might have done some damage if he had followed them up. In the end, it was Froch’s combinations that earned him the decision by scores of 114-114, 117-111, and 116-112.
It might have been a bit more decisive though if Froch kept his hands up higher. He has an awkward fighting style and could probably be a lot more effective if he wasn’t throwing shots from down by his waist. Needless to say, his defense also suffers with his hands so low and that’s why Johnson was able to continuously nail him with some heavy right hands. Froch has a solid chin though and he needed it at times to win the fight. At his age, it’s unlikely we’re going to see Froch change his style now though.
Froch concentrated on landing flurries while Johnson of Jamaica was happy to land one punch at a time. It might have been a successful tactic against somebody else, but Froch can take a punch as well as anybody in the sport. Johnson was the aggressor and that earned him a few rounds on the scorecards. It was a pretty entertaining fight with Johnson stalking Froch and the champion stopping long enough to answer back with some hard and effective flurries.
Neither fighter appeared to be in trouble and after the fight Froch said hitting Johnson was like hitting an oak tree as it’s hard to move him. He was disappointed with the 114-114 score and thought 117-111 was more accurate.
The tournament has hit several snags since it started well over a year ago. Johnson, a former light heavyweight champion, was brought in last year as a replacement for the injured Mikkel Kessler, who ironically also fought on June 4. Johnson beat Allan Green by an eighth-round knockout in his first tournament match. Green was also a replacement as he took over from Jermain Taylor who retired after losing two fights in a row.
Froch’s record in the tournament is 3-1 with wins over Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham, and Johnson and a loss to Kessler. The final match against 27-year-old, unbeaten Andre Ward (24-0, 13 Kos) has yet to be scheduled, but it’s predicted it will be some time in the fall. It will also be a world title unification fight since Ward holds the WBA Super Middleweight Title.