Home start for Froch

Sky Sports13th July, 2009

Carl Froch will begin his bid to win the inaugural 'Super Six World Boxing Classic' against American Andre Dirrell.

The reigning WBC super-middleweight champion will defend his title in his home town of Nottingham in October at the start of the unique round-robin tournament.

The event sees six boxers from the division fight three times in a group stage over the next 12 months. Any fighter who wins will receive two points, with a bonus point on offer for a success by either knockout or TKO.

The top four points-scorers will then progress through to a semi-final round. The grand final is scheduled for early 2011.

Confident

"I will remain the WBC champion regardless of what any other fighter thinks," a confident Froch said.

"I'm in this tournament because I've earned my place in it, 25-0, 20 KOs, WBC number one (contender), defended it against a great fighter in Jermain Taylor in a humdinger in Connecticut.

"There are a couple of fighters coming through, some Olympians who've done well, everyone deserves to be here.

"But we are world champions, Mikkel Kessler and myself are bringing our titles to the tournament, we mean business and we're taking this very seriously.

"I'm sure all the fighters are but when you're a world champion you've got that extra edge in your heart and mind and soul.

"Every fight is an important fight and I'm going to show everybody why I'm world champion."

Big names

As well as Froch, WBA champion Mikkel Kessler of Denmark, Germany's Arthur Abraham and American trio Dirrell, Andre Ward and Jermain Taylor have signed up to take part.

Taylor, who was stopped by Froch in a dramatic 12th round back in April, starts against fellow former middleweight Abraham, who has not been beaten in 30 professional fights.

Kessler will defend his WBA strap against rising star Ward. The second and third series of group fights are set to be announced at a later date.

"The 168-pound division is the most talent-rich in boxing right now," said Ken Hershman of the US television network Showtime, which put together the series.

"The Super Six tournament structure will deliver one compelling match-up after another."

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