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Super Six Classic dealt another blow. Carl Froch Withdraws.

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  1. 11b83 Purple Belt

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    By Dan Rafael
    ESPN.com

    The Super Six World Boxing Classic, already teetering on the brink of falling apart, took another big hit when Carl Froch, citing a back injury, withdrew from a scheduled Oct. 2 fight in Monte Carlo against Arthur Abraham.

    "We were informed [Monday] morning of a back injury that prohibits him to fight on Oct. 2, but that would allow him a fight about seven or eight weeks later," Chris Meyer of Sauerland Event, Abraham's promoter, told ESPN.com.

    There is no new date set for the fight, however. Sauerland Event and Froch promoter Mick Hennessy need to huddle with Showtime as well as with their European broadcast partners to figure out a new date.

    "Froch claims he has a back injury and the promoters are talking to [Showtime's] Ken [Hershman] about a new date," Showtime spokesman Chris DeBlasio told ESPN.com.

    Froch's withdrawal is the latest issue that threatens to derail the Showtime-bankrolled six-man tournament that features a collection of the top super middleweights in the world.

    Hailed by fans and media around the world as an innovative and exciting concept when it was announced 14 months ago, it has been coming apart in recent weeks.

    Previous postponements, injuries and the withdrawal of Jermain Taylor after his first fight of the tournament have been overcome. But now the issues are mounting.

    Titleholder Mikkel Kessler withdrew from the tournament on Aug. 25 because of an eye injury.

    When Kessler dropped out, his Group Stage 3 bout with Allan Green was canceled, leaving the status of the two other Group Stage 3 bouts -- Froch-Abraham and titlist Andre Ward against 2004 U.S. Olympic teammate Andre Dirrell -- uncertain.

    Group Stage 3 was supposed to complete the round robin portion of the tournament with the four fighters with the most points through their first three bouts moving on to the semifinals. Fighters are awarded three points for a knockout win, two points for a win and one point for a draw.

    Ward had already locked up a spot in the semifinals, but the remaining three slots would have been determined in the Group Stage 3 bouts. However, with Kessler out, Showtime was working on a scenario in which it would simply eliminate Group Stage 3 and make Froch-Abraham and Ward-Dirrell the semifinals, since those four fighters had the highest point totals of those remaining in the field.

    Green, the replacement for Taylor, who dropped out after a bad knockout loss to Abraham in Group Stage 1, had no points after inheriting Taylor's total and losing his only fight in lopsided fashion to Ward.

    Besides the problem with Kessler, Showtime also is dealing with a messy situation surrounding Ward's defense against Dirrell.
     
  2. Athenry04 Red Belt

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    Shitter, hopefully this fight can still take place before the end of the year.
     
  3. decideonsuicide Blue Belt

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    Just delay it. Have them fight around December or January then have the finals Q1 or Q2 of next year.
     
  4. cottagecheesefan Gold Belt

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    god damn. At least now only 4 left and not 5. Green/AA and Andre/andre fight with the winner fighting. Then once that is done kessler ans froch can have a rematch whenever they are both healthy to see who fights the winner.
     
  5. Lazy Man Heavyweight Champion of the World

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    Postpones... he's not pulling out of the fight completely.


    Why do people mix postponing up with withdrawing so often?
     
  6. Mumrik Silver Belt

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    Misleading title. Sounds like Froch withdrew from the Super Six and not just his fight...
     
  7. KOQ24 Gold Belt

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    Froch is only injured so the fight will "only" be delayed.

    Still, it puts Showtime way behind schedule.
    They wanted to have the Final in July 2011, now it's probably end Sep/oct 2011.
     
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    Well if the Super six classic has proven anything, it's that the concept they use has to many flaws, stick to the original tournament format 4/8 man elimination style, the super six had so much potiental yet 2 fights down and we've got a shambles, hopefully the next one showtime steps up and changes the concept to an elimination style rather then the round robin format.
     
  9. GSparky Green Belt

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    I was so excited about this tournament when it first started but like everyone else has said, it's fallen to crap. They do need to stick with the 4 or 8 man single elimination fights instead of this round robin type idea. This is sad to see.
     
  10. reflector Purple Belt

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    I have enjoyed every fight in the Super Six. I hope they just delay the fights and continue the tournament.
     

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