8th June 2011
Carl Froch has been given the added incentive of adding the Ring Magazine belt to his WBC super-middleweight belt, plus become the first Super Six Classic winner, when he will come up against American Andre Ward.
The date and location is yet to be decided but one aspect of the anticipated showdown between Andre Ward and Carl Froch has been determined by The RING Magazine – ‘The bible of boxing’ who recognise one fighter in every weight division as the number one fighter. The famous belt is also known by fans as the ‘Rocky’ belt – Having featured around Sylvester Stallone’s waist in the iconic film series.
Froch 33, who beat Glen Johnson on Saturday to defend his title and reach Super Six final, was elevated to the No. 2 position behind No. 1-rated Ward in THE RING’s super middleweight rankings based on the quality of his recent opposition.
The Nottingham man, who holds the WBC title, was the No. 3 – in the Ring super middleweight rankings going into the Johnson fight. While Undefeated IBF belt holder Lucian Bute was No. 2, a possible future foe of Froch. (right, gets a kiss off girlfriend after beating Johnson)
It seems like now Froch is getting the recognition he deserves for his career achievements to date and his fighting plan to take on all the top world rated super middleweights, before moving up to do the same at light-heavyweight.
THE RING’s championship vacancies are filled by box-offs between the magazine’s Nos. 1 and 2 contenders.
“Every member of THE RING’s Ratings Advisory Panel who contributed this week strongly advised that Carl Froch be elevated above Lucian Bute based on superior opposition,” said Nigel Collins, Editor-in-Chief of THE RING magazine.
“They made an excellent case, as there is no comparison between Froch’s three most recent adversaries (Glen Johnson, Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler) and Bute’s (Brian Magee, Jesse Brinkley, Edison Miranda). Therefore, the Editorial Board is in full agreement with the Advisory Panel.”
The winner of Froch-Ward will become the seventh reigning RING champ along with Wladimir Kitschko (heavyweight), Bernard Hopkins (light heavyweight), Sergio Martinez (middleweight), Juan Manuel Marquez (lightweight), Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (flyweight) and Giovani Segura (junior flyweight). See the Ring Magazine rankings here.
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