By Karl Freitag
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a highly anticipated showdown, Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) scored a surprisingly one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over “King” Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) in the final Group Stage 3 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and for the vacant WBC super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. Fightnews had it 118-110 for Froch, who regained the WBC 168lb belt for the second time.
Froch had good results with his jab early on. Things heated up in round two with Froch still busier. More of a brawl in round three as the notoriously slow-starting Abraham began to heat up. Froch boxed from the outside in the fourth. Good two-way action in round five with both fighters landing good shots. More good rounds for Froch in the sixth and seventh as Abraham was unable to force the more mobile Froch to engage in many exchanges.
Abraham’s trainer Ulli Wegner was very upset with Abraham’s performance during the fight, scolding him between rounds “this is really cowardly, he’s laughing to himself that you’re half dead! Press him properly, don’t screw around!”
Abraham tried to up the pressure in the eighth but it was still Froch’s round. Froch’s domination continued in the ninth and tenth. One-sided in the eleventh in Froch’s favor. Abraham came out strong in the twelfth round and landed his best punches of the fight, but it was too little to late.
“It was my boxing ability and brain,” said Froch after the fight. “I don’t even feel like I’ve been in a fight and I’ve picked up the WBC world championship which is rightfully mine and wrongfully taken off me in the last fight.”
Abraham merely stated “He was better. Today wasn’t my day.”
The scoring in the Super Six Tournament after the completion of the third round is as follows:
Andre Ward – 6 points
Carl Froch – 4 points
Glen Johnson – 3 points
Arthur Abraham – 3 points
Based on SHOWTIME’s tie-breaker formula, it appears the semi-final pairings will be top seed Andre Ward vs. bottom seed Arthur Abraham and #2 seed Carl Froch vs. #3 seed Glen Johnson.