Boxing tourney set

The Buffalo News14th July, 2009

Ken Hershman has arranged a six-man super middleweight round-robin tournament designed to crown a single champion.

The tournament, featuring two current champions, two former middleweight champions and two up-and-coming U. S. Olympians, was announced Monday at Madison Square Garden. It will begin this fall and conclude with a seeded semifinals and championship in early 2011.

"The beauty of this is that at the end, there'll be one winner," said Hershman, the senior vice president in charge of boxing at Showtime.

Hershman began putting the concept together in May, first pitching the idea directly to the fighters:WBC cham-pion Carl Froch, WBA titleholder Mikkel Kessler, former middleweight champs Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor, and former Olympians Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell.

Then Hershman went to their five promoters and managed to get all five to sign a contract.

Each fighter will be guaranteed three bouts and earn points based on their decisions. A victory will be worth two, including a bonus point for a knockout, and a draw will earn one point. The four boxers with the most points will advance to the semifinals.