Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson: 3 Things We Learned from the Fight
While Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao stole the headlines, there was actually some great boxing this past weekend, none of which was better than the Super Six semifinal showdown between Glen Johnson and Carl Froch.
Johnson and Froch put on an old school battle, each trading shots in the middle of the ring and each having their moments.
In what was a back-and-forth affair, the 42-year-old Johnson seemed to gain a slight advantage in the early rounds, landing several powerful overhand rights, but Froch was never fazed, usually answering each right by Johnson with a flurry of punches and movement.
The end result was a majority decision win for Froch and a matchup in the Super Six finals against Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward.
With every high profile fight, there is a domino effect which affects the rest of the division. So going forward, what did we learn from Froch vs. Johnson?
Here are three things I can surmise.
Glen Johnson Is Still Really, Really Good
So add another 40-year-old to the list of "40-year-olds who aren't going anywhere, anytime soon."
Glenn Johnson, 42, went toe-to-toe with the No. 2 ranked super middleweight in the world and gave Froch everything he could handle and then some.
Johnson was very much so on his game, continuing to march forward for 12 rounds while showcasing a powerful right hand.
At a time where it seems too many 35-plus fighters (Shane Mosley, Roy Jones Jr.) are hanging on for no other reason but to collect paychecks, Glen Johnson is still a major player at 168.
This fight should do nothing but increase the stock of Johnson, and there are a couple interesting fights left out there for him, including a bout with Arthur Abraham or a very intriguing action-packed fight with Kelly Pavlik.
Look to see much more from Glen Johnson.
Carl Froch Is One Tough Guy
Another tough opponent, another win for Carl Froch.
In an era where too many fighters pick and choose favorable matchups for themselves, Froch has continued to fight the very best in his division.
The majority decision win over Johnson was the sixth straight fight for Froch against an elite fighter at 168. Froch has summed up a 5-1 record, with the only blunder a unanimous decision loss to Mikkel Kessler.
In his win over Johnson, Froch continued to display his versatility in the ring, at times showing great boxing ability and mobility, while at the same time showing the toughness and chin that has defined him throughout his career.
Next up for Froch will be a showdown with undefeated Andre Ward, in the Super Six championship.
Another tough opponent. Nothing new for Froch.
The Super Six Is a Great Success
The finale to the Super Six World Boxing Classic is finally set and it should be a great one.
What at times has seemed like a disorganized and poorly thought out event, has turned into great fights between great fighters.
Andre Ward has gone from an Olympic gold medalist, unproven at the professional ranks, to a 168-pound star, while Carl Froch has proven himself as an elite fighter as well.
In addition, we've seen great fights from Glen Johnson and Mikkel Kessler.
The Super Six was a great, yet risky, move by Showtime. It has turned into a smashing success.
Ward vs. Froch should be a classic ending.
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