5th June 2011
Carl Froch retained his WBC super-middleweight title and with it booked his place in the final of the Super Six tournament with a majority points decision win over Glen Johnson in Atlantic City on Saturday night.
Johnson 42, as expected, lived up to his ‘warrior’ nickname and gave Froch a hard fight, always on the front foot, the Jamaican challenger pushed forward all fight and was able to catch the British champion with his trade mark over hand right often. But Froch, after a slow start, always have the edge with his busier work.
Judges scores were: 114-114 a draw, with the other two judges scoring the fight in favour of Froch 117-111 and 116-112. Giving the Cobra the win and setting up a mouth watering unification clash with unbeaten American Andre Ward in the tournament final.
Froch 33, was relying on his quick reflexes to try and counter Johnson, who had his hands high, walking Froch down and landing good scoring punches. The Nottingham man was landing his own good shots, but at times just seem to be absorbed without a flinch by the solid Johnson.
Froch looked better when he began to plant his feet and let the shots go and he began to move well behind his stiff jab as the fight wore on and some good right hands of his own were getting through the tight guard of Johnson.
Johnson’s right hands continued to connect as Froch’s low left hand was inviting him to throw it. But as Johnson tired in the fight, Froch’s quicker punches, variety of movement and neater work was enough in the end to finish a deserved winner.
“He’s very tough, very strong and very durable. “I hit him with some great shots but it’s like sparring an oak tree, if you can imagine that. I was in my comfort zone and steady but it’s hard to get out of that comfort zone then.” Froch told Sky Sports after the fight.
He added: “I don’t know what happened with the judge from Japan who called it a draw. That’s a bad score.
“Johnson hit me with a couple of right hands but they didn’t bother me. They caught me off balance, to be fair. You feel it, but I’m known for having a strong chin.”
Johnson admitted Froch edged it, and said: “I felt I was in it and when it’s close like that you really don’t know (how it will go).”