Schmeichel: Froch belongs in Boxing's new Champions League

Hennessy Sports15th July, 2009

Former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel met with WBC super middleweight champ Carl "The Cobra" Froch today as the Super Six media tour hit Denmark.

On Monday, the details of the groundbreaking new Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament were unveiled at a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York. Just 20 hours later, thousands of fans gathered at Copenhagen's famous Tivoli Gardens to greet the stars who will battle it out for super middleweight supremacy over the course of the next 18 months.

Schmeichel, who now works as the Champions League anchorman for renowned Danish TV station Viasat, was on hand to meet the fighters and give his backing to the groundbreaking new concept.

"I think this tournament it great," said Schmeichel. "It's like the Champions League in football. The best boxers in their division are competing. That is brilliant. I believe the tournament will be a huge success and maybe it can be done in other weight classes, too. Of course, I do favour my countryman Mikkel Kessler but I think everybody can win. Froch certainly has a good chance too. It is impossible to tell who will win."

Schmeichel knows all about the Champions League having won footballs most prestigious club competition during Manchester United's famous treble winning season in 1999.

Froch is confident that he can win the inaugural Super Six title and prove himself as one of the World's best pound for pound fighters. "I will be the last man standing," declared Froch. "I look forward to clashing with the best fighters in the world. I am the world champion already so now I have set my sights on a Champions League title. I will prove my class in every single fight against world class opponents."

The opening round matches of the series have already been set with Froch opening his campaign against unbeaten American hope and Olympic medallist Andre Dirrell.

The other opening round bouts will see IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham stepping up to super middleweight to take on former undisputed world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor while WBA super middleweight champ Mikkel Kessler clashes with 2004 Olympic gold medallist Andre Ward. Dates and venue for the first round bouts will be announced shortly.