CARL FROCH gets his chance to become the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world when he takes par

The Sun Pat Sheenan14th July, 2009

WBC world supermiddleweight champion Froch is one of six boxers who fight each other with the last man standing declared the best.

Froch's first fight will be against US Olympic medallist Andre Dirrell in Nottingham on October 17.

WBA supermiddleweight champ Mikkel Kessler, former undisputed world champion Jermain Taylor, IBF king Arthur Abraham and Olympic gold medallist Andre Ward complete the line-up.

The fighters boast a combined record of 161 wins, four losses and a draw, with 117 knockouts between them.

Froch said: "It's very exciting to be part of this and I want to be the last man standing at the finish.

"Hopefully this can do for boxing what the Champions League has done for football.

"The winner of this series will be considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and that's something I definitely want on my CV.

"It really is an elite series with the best taking on the best just like it should be and I believe I can win it and win it in style."

As in football's Champions League, the competition will begin with a series of round robin fixtures with each fighter facing three different opponents over the next 12 months.


The winner of each bout will receive two points with a bonus point up for grabs if a fighter wins by stoppage.

Based on the points totals after the third series of bouts, the top four will advance to the semi-finals with the bottom two fighters being eliminated.

The final bout is expected to take place early in 2011 but Froch is already focusing on his clash with Dirrell.

He added: "He's very big at the weight and he's undefeated. I was in his shoes this time last year, a hungry, unbeaten prospect looking for a world title so I know exactly what this fight will mean to him.

"He was an excellent amateur and won a medal at the Athens Olympics and since he's turned pro he's beaten quite a few prospects and he's very highly thought of in the US.

"He's a bit of an unknown quantity for me right now but we'll watch plenty of him in action and come up with a gameplan for him.

"I think the points system is going to bring a whole new dimension to it because you're going to have guys going all out for the knockout just to gain that extra bonus point so it should make for some really great fights.

"It will suit me because I've proved against the likes of Jermain Taylor and Brian Magee that I can carry my power into the later rounds - that will be important in this series."

All the fights will be shown by American TV cable company Showtime.