Carl Froch earns spot in Super Six Finals with win over Glen Johnson
Carl Froch won a majority decision over Glen Johnson to earn a spot in the finals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Froch will face Andre Ward in the finals. Froch was the clear winner on two scorecards and won 117-111 on AHN's unofficial card, but one judge scored the fight even.
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June 5, 2011 09:18 am EDT
Carl Froch won a majority decision over Glen Johnson Saturday night in Atlantic City to earn a spot in the finals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Froch will face Andre Ward, who won his semifinal bout last month, for the Super Six championship. The WBA title, currently held by Ward, and Froch’s WBC belt will also be at stake.
A pair of feeling-out rounds set the tone for the bout, as the 42 year old Johnson pursued Froch, who tried to keep his distance.
In the third round, Johnson managed to reach Froch, rattling the champion with a series of solid jabs. Froch used the speed advantage provided by his youth and moved around the ring to keep Johnson at bay. The body blows set up a solid right in round 8 that seemed to stun Froch briefly.
Froch made an adjustment following the third and made sure in the next three rounds to increase his workrate. He was much more active throwing punches as he continued to force Johnson to pursue him around the ring.
It was Johnson’s turn to adjust entering the seventh round. He focused more on attacking Froch’s body, in an effort to slow the younger man down.
Father Time may have jumped in on Froch’s side as the fight neared the championship rounds. Chasing Froch all night appeared to catch up to Johnson later in the fight, and the older fighter slowed considerably starting in the ninth round.
Froch used the opportunity to land rattling hooks to Johnson’s head. In the final third of the fight, Froch appeared to be in control, jabbing and landing power shuts for most of the final four rounds, while Johnson was able to explode with brief bursts of power shots.
Ironically, the uneventful start of the fight may have been the deciding margin in the bout. Froch seemed to have the clear advantage in rounds four through six, and in rounds nine, ten, and twelve. Johnson was the clear victor in three, seven, and eight.
Froch swept the remaining three rounds--one, two, and 11--to win on AHN’s unofficial scorecard 117-111.
One judge turned in the same score. Another had it one round closer, at 116-112. Judge Nobuaki Uratani provided a small blemish on what appeared to be a clear-cut victory for Froch, scoring it even at 114-114.
“I don’t know what that other judge was thinking,” Froch said afterward.
Froch improved to 28-1 and defended the WBC Super Middleweight title he won in his previous Super Six fight over Arthur Abraham. Froch entered the tournament with the title and lost it in a unanimous decision to Mikkel Kessler. Froch also beat Andre Dirrell in his first Super six bout and is 3-1 in the tournament.
Johnson was a late injury replacement in the Super Six and had only one fight in the Group Stage. That was all he needed, however, as a knockout of fellow injury replacement Allan Green earned him a spot in the semis.
The loss dropped Johnson to 51-15-2, and he’s lost three of his last five bouts.
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