Froch 'n' roll

The Mirror Steve Bunce19th July, 2009

Carl Froch is convinced that the Super Six World Boxing Classic will make him British boxing's biggest star.

The Nottingham boxer, Britain's only current world champion, has entered the amazing $50 million tournament and been made the bookies' favourite to win.

Froch will need to win five times during the next 18 months to walk away with the bulk of the cash, but he insists the motivation for victory is not just the huge prize fund.

He said: "This event is about showing the world what you can do against the best men at your weight and from your era.

"This is the event that boxing needs to compete against other major sports.

"It's the best six at my weight, all determined to fight each other until there is just one champion left standing.

"Nobody is looking for an easy route to glory and nobody should be looking to fight bums.

"This is the best versus the best and that is exactly what the sport of boxing and sport in general needs right now," insisted Froch.

The five other fighters joining Froch are current WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler, former undefeated middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, undefeated Olympic gold medal winner Andre Ward, unbeaten American Andre Dirrell and former four-time middleweight champion Jermain Taylor.

The six boxers are promoted by five different men in three different countries, but secret negotiations have been taking place for months.

Froch's promoter Mick Hennessy said: "I talked to Carl about this event when the discussions started and he was right on it.

"Carl is not like other world champions - he wants to meet the very best when he is still at his best.

"Everybody involved has committed to the fights and it's going to be an amazing tournament to watch unfold."

The first three fights will take place in late October and early November when Froch will meet his WBC mandatory challenger, Dirrell, in Nottingham.

On the same night, in Berlin, German idol Abraham will fight Taylor and the two boxers from the Berlin leg will jump on a jet and fly to Nottingham to be ringside.

Hennessy added: "Everything about this event is new and that is what will make it such an attraction."

A week or two after the first two fights, Kessler will meet Ward, possibly in Copenhagen, in front of as many as 40,000 people.

The boxers will get two points for a win, one for a draw and three for a stoppage win by knockout.

Dirrell said: "It's just taking my breath away to be involved in something like this - I can't wait.

"Froch is made for me and I will get my three points and go on and win the entire thing."

Froch revealed that during the press conferences on Monday in New York, Tuesday in Copenhagen and Wednesday in Berlin, that all six boxers got on well.

"There were no real problems and I got to know Mikkel very well and to be honest after a few days on the road I feel like he's my long-lost brother," said Froch, who will probably have to fight the brilliant Dane next year.

If all goes to plan the finals will take place in America and there is an outside chance they will be broadcast on terrestrial television, with a potential audience of 120 million viewers.

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