Day: December 17, 2018

This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History: Ward vs. Froch – The Super Six Tournament Final

Written by Rob Scott

The Best Super Middleweights

Atlantic City – December 17, 2011 – On October 17, 2009, Showtime Television brought us the opening bouts of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. The goal of the tournament was to bring the best super middleweight fighters together to determine  – The absolute best.

The tournament started with names like Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Andre Dirrell, Jermain Taylor and Andre Ward. After Kessler and Taylor withdrew for different reasons, they were replaced by Allan Green and Glen Johnson.

Atlantic City and Abroad

The tournament bouts took place all over the world, but the final two bouts were contested right in Atlantic City.

Froch vs. Ward

Ward, who already made it to the finals with his unanimous decision win over Arthur Abraham in California in May, was on hand on June 4, 2011, at Boardwalk Hall, as a color commentator when Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch beat Glen Johnson by majority decision to advance to the finals of the tournament.

The Long-Awaited Contest

The stage was now set for the two very best Super Middleweights to face off to see who was the absolute best. The stage was set for WBA world champion, Andre “S.O.G” Ward, against WBC world champion, Carl “The Cobra” Froch at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

They both would also be contesting for the Ring Magazine’s recognition as the very best.

Andre Ward used his talents and emerged as the winner by unanimous decision.  The win not only made Ward the very best super middleweight in the world, but he also became one of the very best, pound-for-pound, in all of boxing.

Rob Scott, Andre Ward, and Andre Berto
Rob Scott with Super Six Tournament Winner, Andre Ward, and Andre Berto after Ward’s historic win.

Additional Writing

As a remembrance, here are some very informative interviews that were conducted with the four finalists. Two were done with Ward just before Froch’s semi-final bout with Glen Johnson, and another after he knew who his Super six tournament opponent would be.

A Talk with Andre Ward Before He Knew His Super Six Opponent
A Talk with Carl Froch Before His Finals Bout with Andre Ward
A Talk with Andre Ward Heading into His Bout with Carl Froch
A Talk with Glen Johnson
A Talk with Arthur Abraham on Who Would Win Between Ward and Froch
A Talk with Mikkel Kessler on His Early Withdrawal From the Tournament

Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame is not liable for any errors or omissions in this information. Any opinions or inquiries that you may have you can forward them to Rob Scott at robscottxl@msn.com.