Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Super Six

The Super Six World Boxing Classic. How amazing. Boxing fans from around the world get to watch their favorite Super Middleweights duke it out in a round-robin style tournament. Genius! Thanks Showtime.

The tournament's first bout begins on Oct. 17, when Germany's Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 knockouts) takes on Arkansas' Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) from Berlin. On the same night, England's Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) puts his WBC title on the line against Michigan's Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) in Froch's hometown of Nottingham.

On Nov. 21, WBA champ Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs), of Copenhagen, Denmark, meets former Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) at Oracle Arena in Ward's hometown of Oakland, Calif.

And to make it even more salacious, fans can tune in to FIGHT CAMP 360 to watch all of the behind the scenes action on the fighters preparing for battle.

I've got to be honest. This is exciting. Things have been a little hum-drum in the Boxing world lately - with Mayweather blowing Marquez out of the water and Klitschko equally dominating Arreola, it's about time we had something to get excited about.

Jermain Taylor may have gotten the toughest draw, having to fight Arthur Abraham right out of the gate (not that there would be an easy draw in these six fighters). I mean, anyone who can still win a fight with a broken jaw hanging from his face from round 4 is the one to beat, in my book. Abraham is a brawler, with a semblance of defense, but he definitely throws some wild punches. WATCH TAPE JERMAIN!

I'm liking Andre Dirrell against Carl Froch, although I'd love to see Froch fight Taylor again. Dirrell has amazing footwork and will easily be able to out-point Froch, even with Froch's hometown advantage. Dirrell shouldn't go for the KO, because Froch's chin could withstand a freight train.

Mikkel Kessler is another elite athlete that is going to be tough for the comparatively inexperienced Andre Ward. Although Ward has a respectable 20-0 record, Kessler has fought over twice as many fights (43 fights 42-1), twice as many rounds (Ward 104 vs Kessler 222) and has almost three times as many KO victories (Ward 13 vs Kessler 32). That's a tough fight. Ward has the hometown advantage and a clean fighting style that may challenge Kessler's in-your-face forward style, although Ward will only be able to win on points as Kessler's head is rumored to be made of cement.

For Boxing purists, the SUPER SIX tournament is a dream come true. And to start off with the Super Middleweight division was a fantastic idea. I love this weight class. The fighters are big enough to pack a punch, yet small enough to be quick on their feet. I for one, am all-in. I will be watching the FIGHT CAMP 360 series as well as the actual fights. With Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto coming up on November 14th, this fall is shaping up to be amazing for the Sweet Science!

For those of you who will be joining me in watching all things SUPER SIX, please make note of the schedule below:

Air dates for FIGHT CAMP 360:

Saturday, Oct. 10 - 10:30 PM, Showtime
Monday, Oct. 12 - 11:30 PM, Showtime 2
Tuesday, Oct. 13 – 10 PM, Showtime 2
Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 11 PM, Showtime 2
Thursday, Oct. 15 – 10 PM, Showtime 2
Thursday, Oct. 15 – 10:40 PM, Showtime
Friday, Oct. 16 – Midnight, Showtime
Saturday, Oct. 17 – 6:40 PM, Showtime

Note: All times are ET/PT

1 comment:

  1. Great article :)

    I also like Dirrell over Froch; he'll use his speed, footwork, angles, and that smooth southpaw switch that reminds me of a younger James Toney, throwing a lead right hand with double right jabs behind.

    I have a hard time with Jermain being in this tourney...I know he had tons of pressure on him after outpointing Hopkins, but it seems safe to say he's on the decline. He'd be fine if he relaxed in the ring a little and worked on his constant stamina issues in the later rounds.

    I favor Kessler to win this tourney, and would not be suprised if Dirrell made it to the finals. King Arthur will have to prove himself to me: the man is largely untested at 168 and it seems ridiculous that so many experts are favoring him to win when his best opponent was a damaged Edison Miranda. Yes, he showed heart by getting through the first fight with a broken jaw. But Pavlik showed me something more when Miranda slumped into the corner unconsious in the 7th. Hell, Ward showed me more when he battered Miranda around the ring for 12 rounds.

    If Abraham does pull the upset and wins this tourney, I would love to see Pavlik vacate his belts after pwning Paul Williams and challenge Abraham for his SMW belts, a meeting that seems to be fated even though it didn't happen at 160.