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Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson: "The Cobra's" 5 Greatest Victories

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Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson: "The Cobra's" 5 Greatest Victories

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    SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Carl Froch spars during a media training day ahead of his Super Six fight against Arthur Abraham at the English Institute of Sport on November 17, 2010 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Carl "The Cobra" Froch (27-1, 20 KO) is the reigning WBC super-middleweight champion, and he has a large task at hand this Saturday.

    His opponent, Glen "Road Warrior" Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KO), has been in there with the best of the best, and it all comes down to June 4th.

    The semifinal matchup in the Super Six World Boxing Classic will feature these two very exciting fighters. Both will be looking to win to set up the championship matchup with WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward.

    Froch is coming off a win over Arthur Abraham while Johnson recently defeated Allan Green.

No. 5: TKO11 Brian Magee

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    From 2006 to 2011, Brian Magee went on a nine-fight win streak until losing to Lucian Bute earlier this year. He accomplished all of that after he lost British super-middleweight title to Froch in '06.

    Froch dropped Magee early in the bout, and it was a long, tough battle until the sudden KO ending in Round 11.

    Froch landed a vicious uppercut that put Magee on the canvas for a long time. He eventually recovered after being administered oxygen.

No. 4: SD12 Andre Dirrell

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    It wasn't a pretty fight, but it's hard to look good against the  2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Andre Dirrell.

    Dirrell was undefeated going into the bout in Froch's hometown, and there was more than enough for him to worry about outside of the judges.

    Not many punches were landed in the bout, and the ones that were weren't clean. Dirrell's movement and slick defense made it a tough challenge for Froch, but he was the busier of the two, and that's what counted.

    Dirrell was deducted a point in Round 11 for holding, but it had no effect on the decision. Froch won a split-decision with the scores 115-112, 115-112 and 113-114.

No. 3: UD12 Arthur Abraham

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    Hard-punching, German boxer Arthur Abraham had a lot to prove going into his WBC title match with Froch in 2010. He was coming off a DQ loss to Andre Dirrel and had no intentions of dropping back-to-back losses.

    Froch was also coming off of the first loss of his professional career to Mikkel Kessler. The two had fought an entertaining 12-rounder that ended with a disputed decision for Kessler.

    It was anticipated to be a fight of the year candidate, and the dominance of Froch made it everything but that. He dominated from bell to bell to win a unanimous decision. Two scorecards had it a shutout at 120-108.

    It really was one of his most impressive fights, and one that showed how much he had learned from the Kessler fight.

No. 2: TKO12 Jermain Taylor

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    Froch's coming-out party, at least in the United States, came against former Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor in 2009.

    It was only the second time Froch fought outside of the United Kingdom.

    Froch was dropped for the first time in his career in the third round. This gave Taylor an early lead that he would carry late into the bout.

    Going into the last round, Froch was down on two scorecards and needed a knockout.

    With relentless pressure and power, Froch connected on Taylor's chin and stunned him in the middle of the round. Taylor couldn't withstand the pressure and was dropped with a minute to go in the fight. Froch swarmed all over him, forcing the referee to jump in to save Taylor with 14 seconds remaining.

No. 1: UD12 Jean Pascal

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    In Froch's first major title bout, he decided to take undefeated Canadian Jean Pascal.

    The vacant WBC super-middleweight title was on the line, and both fighters fought one of the best fights of 2008.

    The 12-round slugfest answered a lot of questions about both fighters. Their chins were tested along with their stamina, heart and determination. The shifts in momentum made it a fight of the year candidate.

    Froch was awarded a unanimous decision with some wider-than-expected margins. It was a closer fight than they indicated, but he was the clear winner and won the title.

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