On Saturday night, the final piece to the Showtime Super Six Middleweight Tourney was moved into place as Carl Froch (28 – 1- 20 KO’s) defeated Glencoffe Johnson (51 – 15 – 35 KO’s) by majority decision to advance to the finals. One judge scored the fight 114 – 114, while the other two scored the fight for Froch 116 – 112, and 117 – 111 respectively. This fight was tuff ‘said Froch when asked about the 42 year-old Johnson’s constant pressure throughout the fight. With that being said, Froch was consistently countering by throwing punches in bunches at the slower Johnson.
Johnson did well in the early rounds by applying pressure, and was able to find Froch with the jab. In the middle rounds, Froch made an in fight adjustment that speaks volumes to his versatility, and began peppering Johnson with combination after combination. By the late rounds Froch had the fight in control, but rather than coast to a decision, Froch continued to venture into harm’s way by attacking Johnson till the final bell. When asked after the fight by Showtime’s Jim Gray, Froch said “Johnson has got to have one of the toughest beards in the sport”, which tells everyone how tuff Glencoffe Johnson is even at 42 years-old.
When Johnson’s promoter Lou DiBella was asked to comment on Carl Froch’s performance he said “”Carl Froch is one of the most underrated fighters in the world, great chin, great footwork, straight punches. I think he is a tremendous technical fighter; he has huge b—s and a tremendous chin. And he rumbles when he has to”. Needless to say, mutual respect was earned by each fighter and their people.
So that sets up Froch vs. Ward in the final, which will most likely take place in the late fall. What a fight that is going to be. Andre Ward is 24 – 0 – 13 KO’s including a TKO against Mikael Kessler, the man who won a close fight against Froch in stage 2 of the tournament. “He’s a great fighter, an Olympic gold medalist, but it’s going to be a totally different kind of fight than this was,” Froch said of facing Ward for the big silver trophy, two belts and a lot of money. “[Ward] was a great amateur fighter, I was a great amateur fighter. We’re both great professional champions and this was what it is all about. We were original Super Six [participants] and we’re in the final.”
Ward who happened to be ringside for the fight said “Froch is supposed to be confident, if he wasn’t then what would be the point of fighting him”. Both fighters are ready and feel that they are the legitimate champion at 168 pounds in the world. Both are in their primes, and both can adapt to adversity in the ring during a fight. All this, plus the huge stage that the finale of the Super Six Middleweight Tourney will be fought on, adds up to a recipe that should leave fight fans breathless with excitement and be a candidate for fight of the year honors. I for one “CAN’T WAIT”.