Is Froch vs. Abraham For Super Six Stage 3 in Jeopardy?
It looks increasingly like Carl “The Cobra” Froch, the former WBC Super Middleweight Champion who has repeatedly claimed he is the best fighter in his division, better even than retired future Hall of Famer Joe Calzaghe, is looking for a way out of his scheduled Super Six bout with Germany’s Arthur Abraham.
Froch recently dropped the first loss of his career to Danish super middleweight Mikkel Kessler. The Briton described the judges’ verdict in that bout as a “sham” and went on to say that if the fight had been held in his hometown of Nottingham “I would have won that fight. I would have got the decision.”
Given how the sole stinker of a decision in the Super Six so far was Froch’s ugly win over American Andre Dirrell, he is probably right. That means, however, that other fighters should complain about having to fight Froch on his home turf, and not the other way around.
First Froch declared that he categorically would not fight Abraham in Germany. Fair enough – Germany has a terrible reputation when it comes to hometown judging and refereeing. Keeping the career of Sven Ottke firmly in mind, what boxer in his right mind would want to fight a German-promoted fighter in Germany if they had a choice? And Froch does have a choice.
However, Froch then rejected both Sweden and the Spanish island of Majorca as potential fight venues. I don’t know about Sweden, but British promoters have more influence in Spain than Abraham’s backers at Sauerland. Froch would certainly get a fair shake in Majorca, and the fight would earn a big gate there. Yet still Froch balks. One has to wonder if he isn’t looking for a way to justify backing out altogether.