Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch

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Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch
Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch fight poster.jpg
Date December 17, 2011
Venue United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Title(s) on the line WBA/WBC/The Ring/Lineal Super Middleweight Championships
Tale of the tape
Boxer United States Andre Ward United Kingdom Carl Froch
Nickname S.O.G. The Cobra
Hometown Oakland
California
United States
Nottingham
England
United Kingdom
Pre-fight record 24-0-0 (13 KO) 28-1-0 (20 KO)
Height 6 feet 6 feet, 1 inches
Weight 168 168
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition WBA
Super Middleweight Champion
WBC
Super Middleweight Champion
Result
Ward defeats Froch via unanimous decision.

Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch was the Super Six World Boxing Classic Final championship fight for the WBC & WBA, & vacant The Ring and Lineal super middleweight titles.[1][2] The bout was held on December 17, 2011, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. and was televised on Showtime.[3][4][5]

Pre-Fight[edit]

From the time it was announced in July 2009 until the final bout just before Halloween 2011, the super middleweight tournament will have been going on for about 800 days.[citation needed]

Froch was due to face Ward in Atlantic City on October 29 in the final of the Super Six, but Ward's injury required the rescheduling of the bout to December 17, 2011.[citation needed] The fight was promoted by Matchroom Sport(Promotes Froch) and Goossen Tutor Promotions(Promotes Ward)

Ward[edit]

Ward advanced to the final by winning his tournament bouts. He won his title against Kessler in his opening bout, scoring a dominant 11th-round technical decision. Ward beat Allan Green in his second bout.[citation needed] Ward's Group Stage 3 bout called off when Dirrell, his 2004 U.S. Olympic teammate, dropped out of the tournament. Ward instead faced contender Sakio Bika outside of the tournament and won a decision. In his May semifinal fight, Ward defeated Abraham to advance to the final.[citation needed]

Froch[edit]

Froch defeated Dirrell on a split decision in England in his opening-round bout. Then Froch lost a decision (and his title) to Denmark's Kessler in Denmark in Group Stage 2.[citation needed] However, after Kessler dropped out, Froch met Abraham for the vacant belt in Group Stage 3 and won a decision to claim his title. Froch advanced to the final in June by scoring a majority decision against Johnson.[citation needed]

Result[edit]

Although the fight was competitive throughout, Ward was able to use his superior speed and movement to help him outbox Froch for the first half of the encounter, neutralizing his attack and beating him to the punch at both distance and close range. Ward seemed to ease off in the later rounds and Froch began to edge them, looking the stronger by the end of the bout. However, all three judges felt Ward had done enough to become the new unified super middleweight champion.

Main card[edit]

Ward def. Froch by unanimous decision (115-113, 115-113, 118-110) to retain the WBA (super) Super Middleweight title, and won the WBC, Ring Magazine world Super Middleweight Titles. Ward also became the Super Six world boxing classic tournament winner.

Preliminary card[edit]

  • Heavyweight bout United States John Lennox vs. United States Jeramiah Witherspoon

Lennox def. Witherspoon by TKO :50 of round 3

White def. Despaigne by unanimous decision (60-53, 59-55, 59-55)

Brook def. Galarza by TKO 1:38 of round 5

Miranda def. Kariuki by TKO in 2:04 of round 5

Tupou def. Holmes by unanimous decision (95-94, 96-93, 95-94)

  • Middleweight bout United States Boyd Melson vs. United States Danny Lugo

Melson def. Lugo by TKO 2:01 of round 3

International broadcasting[edit]

Country Broadcaster
 Australia Main Event
 Canada Super Channel
 Denmark TV2
 Estonia Viasat Sport Baltic
 France Ma Chaîne Sport
 Hungary Sport 2
 Latvia Viasat Sport Baltic
 Lithuania Viasat Sport Baltic
 Norway Viasat Sport
 Poland Polsat Sport Extra
 Romania Digi Sport
 Russia NTV Plus Sport
 Serbia Arena Sport
 South Africa SuperSport
 Sweden TV10
 United Kingdom Sky Sports
 United States Showtime

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-08. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Carl Froch is a true fighter and deserves more success.. this could be the fight of the year". Mirror.co.uk. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Carl Froch pushing for Las Vegas debut | Boxing News". ESPN.co.uk. 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Froch-Ward Unification Will Land in AC on October 29 - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Andre Ward-Carl Froch Super Six final rescheduled for Dec. 17". Espn.go.com. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 

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