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LeftLion.com21st July, 2009

Carl Froch will defend his WBC Super Middleweight title back home in Nottingham in October in the first bout of a tournament being dubbed the 'Champions League of Boxing'. The Super Six World Boxing Classic features six of the best fighters on the planet, including Jermaine Taylor, the man who Froch dispatched in dramatic fashion in the dying seconds of his first defence of his WBC belt back in April.

The tournament is definitely one for the purists, guaranteeing fight fans at least 18 top contests without the politics and tactical match ups that dominate many top boxers' careers - this will see the best against the best. For years fans have been pushed into the background with too many champions in too many weight divisions who simply don't want to risk fighting each other - greed has often taken precedence over interesting and exciting fights.

"This is what boxing is supposed to be about with the best fighting the best." Said Carl Froch. "These are the kind of challenges I've always wanted and I'm really fired up for this tournament. It forces the best fighters in the division to all face each other and that's something that has been missing from boxing in recent years."

Each fighter is guaranteed three 12-round fights in the group stage, all against a different opponent, with 2 points for a victory and a bonus point for a knock out or stoppage. In the event of a draw, both fighters will receive one point each. After three fights the top four fighters will go through to a semi final before a champion is crowned in the final sometime in 2011.

Froch believes he has what it takes to go all the way in the tournament, with Mikkel Kessler, many bookies favourites, to join him: "Ultimately I believe the series will come down to myself and Kessler in the final. "I believe I'm the best of the bunch and it's just about going out now and proving that."

This kind of tournament throws up many questions that boxers are not used to asking about their preparation. Many times we hear football players saying they take it one match at a time, or they're trying not to focus on a big match a few weeks away, but boxers generally only commit themselves to one fight at a time. This may be a deciding factor in the Super Six - which fighter can stay mentally prepared on the next fight without losing sight of the goal at the end, while at the same time not letting that ambition detract away from the fight at hand.

The 'Super Six'

Carl Froch

25 fights, 25 victories with 20 knock outs. Current WBC World Champion and 5/2 to take the title.

Mikkel Kessler

Has lost just one fight in a career that has spanned 42 fights and 11 years making him the favourite to go through to the final (to get sparked out by Froch of course). Current WBA World Champion.

Arthur Abraham

Born in Armenia but now based in Germany, King Arthur boasts an impressive record of 30 fights without loss including 24 knock outs. Gave up the middle weight IBF World title to enter the Super Six.

Jermain Taylor

Although still billed as one of the top super middleweights around, Jermain 'Bad Intentions' Taylor has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights, including the memorable last round knock out by Carl Froch. This tournament will really test his resolve, especially if his first fight doesn't go to plan.

Andre Dirrell

Froch's first opponent Andre Dirrell won the bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. His career so far has seen him pick up 18 straight victories, with 13 knock outs. Froch admitted Dirrell is a bit of an unknown quantity but his record and amount of hype Dirrell has received in the states recently shows his will be a tough cookie for Froch's opening fight.

Andre Ward

Opening his tournament by challenging Kessler for the WBA World Championship. His 19 fights has seen 19 victories so far.

Group Stages

Froch vs. Dirrell - for WBC World Championship

Taylor vs. Abraham

Kessler vs. Ward - for WBA World Championship