Carl Froch once again showed his rugged boxing skills in beating Glen Johnson to retain his WBC super middleweight title and advance to the Super Six World Boxing Final against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward.
It was a workmanlike performance from Froch, winning on two of the judges' cards 117-111 and 116-112, whilst drawing an even 114-114 on the other.
The fight itself was not a classic, but both boxers enjoyed throwing bombs at each other for long periods. Johnson gave a good account of himself and had Froch stunned on a few occasions, notably in the third round. Unfortunately for Johnson, he was unable to match the pace of Froch and tired towards the later rounds.
Froch is an interesting and exciting fighter to watch. However, his defence is non-existent and he continued with his usual style of keeping his hands low. Froch leaves himself completely exposed to free punches and only his granite chin seems to stop him from being knocked out quickly.
Johnson must have wondered at times what he needed to do to put him down as he landed several heavy punches in the early rounds which only slightly wobbled Froch.
Froch took the fight to Johnson and unleashed numerous combinations to ensure that he would be well ahead on the scorecards by the end of the fight.
Johnson looked a little lost and disappointed at the end of the fight, but he clearly knew that he had not done enough to cause an upset. To be fair, Johnson still looked in reasonable condition, but it is difficult to see where the "Road Warrior" will go after this defeat.
Carl Froch can now look forward to his Super Six final with Andre Ward and the chance to unify the WBC and WBA super middleweight titles. But after tonight's performance, he will need to increase his work rate and most importantly sort out his defence if he is to beat the slick Ward.