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WBC strips Kessler, Mandates bout between Ward and Dirrell.

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  1. 11b83

    11b83 Purple Belt

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    By Dan Rafael
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    Although the format of Showtime's remaining Super Six World Boxing Classic bouts remains in limbo due to the sudden withdrawal of super middleweight titlist Mikkel Kessler due to an eye injury on Aug. 25, there were two significant decisions made Monday as it relates to the stakes.

    The WBC, which has supported the six-man tournament from the outset, announced that it has stripped the injured Kessler of his 168-pound belt and named him the organization's "champion emeritus." That means when Kessler, who is expected to be sidelined for about nine months, returns the WBC will allow him to immediately challenge for the title.

    Further, the WBC said it voted unanimously to fill the vacancy with the winner of the bout between Andre Ward, who holds the WBA's title, and Andre Dirrell, who is the WBC's No. 1 contender.

    The WBC also sanctioned the Oct. 2 Super Six bout between former titlist Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham as a final title eliminator, which means the winner of Ward-Dirrell will be mandated to face the Froch-Abraham winner next.

    "The WBC accepted to support the Super Six Tournament organized by Showtime and five different promoters from around the world and have participated at all times to support its progress and its success," WBC president Jose Sulaiman said in a statement.

    Kessler, who suffers from "a weakness of the superior oblique muscle of his left eye," according to eye specialist Dr. Gerhard Lang, was supposed to defend his belt against Allan Green in Group Stage 3 on Sept. 25 before dropping out of the tournament.

    That has left Showtime trying to figure out how to proceed with the final stage of the round-robin portion of the tournament as it tries to set up the semifinals. Although it has not been formally announced, multiple promoters involved in the tournament told ESPN.com that Showtime probably will eliminate Group Stage 3 and have Ward-Dirrell and Froch-Abraham serve as the semifinals, a scenario that matches the plan laid out by the WBC. Those four fighters are also the four highest seeds remaining in the tournament.

    If Green, who replaced Jermain Taylor after his departure following Group Stage 1, is dropped, promoter Lou DiBella said he expects Showtime to give Green another bout to fulfill its obligation to him.

    The big question remaining is when and where will Ward-Dirrell take place? The 2004 U.S. Olympic teammates and friends are scheduled to fight Sept. 25, according to Showtime. However, that is not going to happen. There is no site, no tickets on sale, no undercard in the works and there has yet to be a news conference or any semblance of a promotion. Neither fighter is in heavy training either, which is extraordinarily unusual for a significant fight slated to take place in less than three weeks.
     
  2. TexasDrugAddict**

    TexasDrugAddict** Silver Belt

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    Good. I didn't like the idea of him taking the title and leaving with it. Ward and Dirrell should get a shot it over Froch/AA.
     
  3. consortium11

    consortium11 Slip The Jab

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    I opened this page expecting it to be some standard ABC idiocy... but you know what, this isn't bad.

    The titles stay in the Super Six, it's additional pressure for the finals (assuming Green is dropped and the current fights become the semis) to come off (although Ward/Dirrell is the fight looking most difficult to make) and Kessler gets a crack at the winner.

    Not bad actually...
     
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    Good idea. Can't wait to see these fights. Dirrell/Ward and Froch/Abraham are two great fights.
     
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    Biggus Dickus** Orange Belt

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    Clearly a money grabbing move by the WBC in order to grab more sanctioning fees. Titles fights = higher sanctioning fees

    No way Kessler deserves that status after not even defending the belt once.
     
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    Good Work by the WBC!
     
  7. dust

    dust Yellow Belt

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    Their(and all the others) belt is meaningless. All the WBC is doing is lining their scumbag pockets with money Ward and Dirrell could be putting into the American economy.
     
  8. ThirdPartyView

    ThirdPartyView Keeping Jack Dempsey from ducking

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    You mean you don't like having at least 3 champions in a division for one organization (Interim, Regular & Super) with the possibility of more (Platinum, Silver, Diamond, Zirconium, etc.)? :eek:
     

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