Super Six World Boxing Classic: Is Carl Froch the Forgotten Champion?
This weekend WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward takes on Arthur Abraham at the Home Depot Centre in Carson, California.
The second semifinal takes place two weeks later with WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch fighting former light-heavyweight world champion Glen Johnson.
Carl Froch's exploits in the super-middleweight division appear to have largely gone unnoticed by the general public. And it's a massive shame.
It's incredible that Froch has not been headline news due to the strength of opposition he has defeated. Jean Pascal, Jermaine Taylor, Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham have all lost to the "Cobra."
Froch never seems to dodge a marquee fighter, something which many top-level boxers do on a regular basis.
Prior to the Super Six Tournament, Froch won the vacant WBC title during a hard-fought fight with Pascal. Froch then journeyed to the USA to fight Jermain Taylor. Much of the pre-fight build-up involved Taylor taunting Froch by asking who he was.
Taylor vastly underestimated Froch, who gave him a savage beating ending with a 12th-round TKO. I suspect Taylor never recovered from this beating and the scars clearly showed in Taylor's most recent fight with Arthur Abraham.
Froch lost his unbeaten record for the first time against Mikkel Kessler in the Super-Six tournament. Froch felt a points decision against him was unfair but he was roundly beaten by the rugged Dane.
It was a brilliant encounter which saw both fighters stand toe-to-toe for most of the bout. The fight made the recent bout between Pacquiao and Mosley look tame by comparison.
The fight with Kessler highlighted Froch's main weakness, his defence. Froch always keeps his hands very low which makes him susceptible to a high volume of punches to the head. Fortunately, Froch has a granite chin and very rarely goes down.
Mikkel Kessler was forced to leave the Super-Six due to injury and this allowed Froch to fight for his former WBC title against Arthur Abraham. Froch dominated the fight and Abraham was under pressure all the way to the final bell.
So why has Froch not been given more exposure?
Once argument is that Froch has been fighting in the shadow of former super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. Froch offered to fight Calzaghe on numerous occasions which may have been seen as Froch trading on his reputation. This is clearly not the case for Froch, who has carved out a decent reputation of his own in the last few years.
The main problem has been that his fights in the UK were never shown on mainstream television. Sky Sports is the principle sports channel in the UK and have shown no interest. Instead, Sky have chosen to lavish all their attention on Amir Khan and David Haye.
Sky Sports have major contacts within HBO and Showtime and this allows them to sell UK fights to the USA. Also the more exposure Froch receives in the mainstream, the more headline sports news he will receive.
Froch was forced to have his fights shown on a fringe cable channel called Primetime, cutting himself off from a larger audience. Hell, even his fight against Jermain Taylor was time-delayed in the UK and not shown live.
Froch's fortunes with the mainstream media maybe about to change for the better. Amir Khan has fallen out with Sky over the Paul McCloskey fight. Sky will now be looking for a new marquee fighter to fill the void and rumours suggest that Froch will finally get his chance.
If Froch beats Johnson then he will probably face Ward in the Super-Six final. If he gets there, I believe Ward will have a hard fight on his hands. Hopefully, Froch will win and get the full respect and attention he deserves.
And in my opinion, no boxer deserves it more.
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