Froch regains title

Sun, 28 Nov 03:57:00 2010

Carl Froch regained his WBC super-middleweight title with a unanimous points victory over Arthur Abraham in Helsinki.

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Armenian-born Abraham struggled to get past Froch's jab and launch his attacks, and Nottingham fighter Froch's dominance was reflected in the judges' scores of 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108.

In the sixth round, two blows from Froch looked to have forced Abraham down but referee Frank Garza ruled it as a slip.

Froch hammered Abraham on the ropes in the eighth and although Abraham made a desperate attack for a knockout in the last round it was to no avail.

The 33-year-old Froch, who lost his title to Mikkel Kessler in April, improved to 27-1.

Froch said: "I wanted to move in behind the jab, have a go and put some combos together and get the fight going.

"The old me would have done that. I may have got him out of there but I may have got chinned myself so why take that gamble?

"I listen to Richie Woodhall in the gym, I obviously listen first to (trainer) Rob McCracken and it's all about boxing and moving.

"This isn't fighting, this is boxing. Tonight I showed my amateur pedigree, I showed why I was the first guy to win a medal at the world championships.

"It was my boxing ability, it was my brain. I don't even feel like I've been in a fight and I've picked up the WBC world champion (belt) which is rightfully mine and wrongfully taken off me in the last fight."

The fight was part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic and helped set the seedings for the semi-finals where top seed Andre Ward will face Abraham, while Froch will fight Glen Johnson.

Johnson was added to the Super Six after Kessler withdrew in April due to an eye injury.

"I have to take one fight at a time, then it's the final. Johnson seems to be a puncher," Froch added.

"I came here trying to preserve myself physically. I'm 33 and have two or three years left at this level."

In Oakland, Ward successfully defended his WBA super middleweight title by unanimously out-pointing Cameroon's Sakio Bika.

Unbeaten Ward won all 12 rounds on the scorecard of one judge and was ahead 118-110 on the other two.

Ward was supposed to be fighting as part of the Super Six but took the fight with 31-year-old Bika after Andre Dirrell pulled out of the tournament.

In Las Vegas, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico defended his WBA and WBO lightweight titles by stopping Australia's Michael Katsidis in the ninth round.

Referee Kenny Bayless halted the bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena with 37-year-old Marquez leading on all three cards, despite being floored with a left hook in the third.

Undefeated Andre Berto successfully defended his WBC welterweight title by stopping Mexico's Freddy Hernandez after 2:07 of the first round.

Berto improved to 27-0, with his 21st knockout coming with a straight right. Hernandez got up off the canvas but the fight was stopped.


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