Sports Gal is at it again, breaking down another boxing match. Gals, take notes, your boyfriends are gonna love this!
On April 27, Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch met for their second stage bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, the round-robin tournament created by Showtime Networks featuring the top six super middleweights in the world.
Boxers gain points depending on the outcome of their bouts: 3 points for a knockout, 2 points for a decision win and zero points for a loss.
The original six boxers were Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham, Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell and Jermain Taylor. In the first stage bouts Froch beat Dirrell in a decision and gained two points. Ward beat Kessler in a decision and also gained two points. Abraham knocked Taylor out and gained three. That knockout also knocked Taylor out of the remainder of the tournament due to health concerns. He has been replaced by Allen Green.
The first bout of the second stage, Dirrell beat Abraham in the 11th round by disqualification after he had already won the fight and was cruising to a decision victory.
Which brings us back to April 27. One of the key features of the Super Six is home bouts for each fighter at some point in the tournament. And thus far, the home fighter has won every bout, which has certainly set a mental precedent.
In the first stage, Kessler fought in WardΓÇÖs hometown, while Froch stayed home to fight Dirrell; therefore it was KesslerΓÇÖs turn for home field advantage. Did that make difference? Despite FrochΓÇÖs belief that it might have, being home probably did not help Kessler score the victory.
The bout was fairly even, neither fighter really hurt the other. Both fought every minute of every round. Kessler having his back against the wall responded accordingly. He used his jab a bit more effectively. And he fought with more determination and scored more big hits than Froch to come away with the decision win and pick up two much needed points.
Kessler’s victory reshapes the tournament. Now every fighter (except Green) has one win and at least two points; only one fighter, Ward, remains undefeated. Ward and Green fight in June with Ward the heavy favorite at the moment. Only four fighters will advance to the semi-final round.
At this stage, there are so many possibilities itΓÇÖs mind-tingling. Showtime should be thanked for putting together a competitive event that boxing fans can enjoy until 2011 when the championship bout occurs. IΓÇÖll definitely be engaged. Hopefully you will be too.
photo credit: Showtime