Froch and Kessler tower over Abraham

Super-MiddleweightsPictures of the press conference, media tour and photoshoot for Showtime’s forthcoming Super-Middleweight tournament left me aghast. Six headline fighters, in their respective primes from multiple promotional houses, numerous countries and varied sanctioning bodies coming together for a single organised format, spread out across two years. Its logical, coherent, understandable and exciting – in fact, it just isn’t boxing. Without wishing to become too lavish in my appreciation ahead of the first bell, it is the most welcome development I can remember. And the first pictures are already getting fans talking.

Most notable in the first promotional snaps of the three most prominent fighters int he group, Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham was the size disparity between current Middleweight belt holder Abraham and his two 168 pound contemporaries Kessler and Froch. Though perspective and angles play their part, it clearly indicates Froch and Kessler are naturally the bigger men and they already appeared to carry a focus and intensity Abraham was struggling to summon. Of course, the stare down pictured is entirely for the purpose of promotion but Kessler v Froch will happen at the turn of the year and the bristling confidence of Froch will have demanded he tried to assert a degree of authority over proceedings.

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Kessler of course, though a rugged, fearless fighter struggles to keep a straight face in these types of scenario, famously breaking into a laugh with Joe Calzaghe when asked to do the press conference nose to nose. The tournament reflects a degree of necessity in these economically gloomy months and equally demonstrates the loss of notable television coverage back home for Froch, but any focus on those more negative prompts is to overlook the huge determination all parties have shown to set-up such a notable sequence of fights.

Froch, Taylor, Abraham, Kessler, Dirrel and Ward have side-stepped the sanctioning bodies, deferred a fear of travelling, opted for riskier, competitive fights and negotiated their way into the most compelling series boxing has ever compiled. It leaves the likes of Lucian Bute on the periphery, and potential Super-Middleweight Kelly Pavlik too, but it doesn’t feature a single grey hair, a single ‘patsy’ and crucially, if promoted correctly, could establish one or more of the contenders as a cross over star. The format has huge potential.

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  1. One aspect of paramount importance the die-hard boxing fans have been on about for ages is that they want the best just to fight the best and not avoiding risks by fighting hand-picked tomato-cans in front of their home crowd avoiding losses by all means. Well, this tournament is a big step in the right direction.

    Of equal importance, though: Many boxing fans have turned their backs on the sport because of obviously “fixed” fights and totally unfair decisions.
    Therefore: As Showtime will put up this tournament along with the promotion teams, I ask myself who will chose the referees and judges for all those bouts?
    Seriously, I don’t want Mikkel Kessler to lose a UD against Andre Ward after ouboxing him for 12 rounds without a knockout just because the fight will take place in the US. The same thing could happen to Jermain Taylor vs. Arthur Abraham in Berlin, to Andre Dirrell vs Carl Froch in Nottingham, etc.

    Briefly: Make sure, there’s perfectly fair and neutral scoring going on regardless of the fighters and teh venues. Who’s gonna name refs and judges for the fights?

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