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October 29th, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was the date scheduled for the final bout of the highly publicized, highly regarded, super middleweight “Super Six” tournament.


Photo Credit: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

A tournament featured on ShowTime, has run it’s course over the past two years featuring the best fighters from the super middleweight division.

Participants such as Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler, Andre Dirrell, Andre Ward, Carl Froch and Jermain Taylor.

A tournament featuring substitutes Glen Johnson, Sakio Bika and Allan Green.

The two fighters reaching the finals were certainly underdogs when the tournament first started, and now have emerged as the top fighters of their division and are developing into household names.

Unfortunately, the bout between Andre “S.O.G.“ Ward and Carl “The Cobra” Froch and conclusion of the tournament will have to wait.

During a sparring session, Ward suffered a severe cut above his right eye and according to a medical specialist, will require quite some time to heal.

Both fighters have expressed their disappointment in this unfortunate turn of events.

According to reports from boxingscene, both fighters expressed the opinions on that matter.

Ward said: “This is very frustrating for my camp and I, and I that if the shoe were on the other foot and Froch suffered an injury, I would be extremely disappointed.”

The Bay Area product went even further stating, “I’d like to express my apologies to Showtime, the fans and the Froch camp, but this is a part of boxing. Ward and Froch will still get it on but, unfortunately, the date just has to be pushed back.”

Froch obviously frustrated, stated, “Of course you’ve got to take the medical advice seriously, but for a cut to put you out of a fight five full weeks is ludicrous. To me, he’s showing his weakness. Nothing changes for me. I’ll be ready if and when he shows up.”

Showtime apparently caught the incident on camera and will reportedly show in on one of the upcoming episodes for their program ‘Fight Camp 360.’

A few dates have been mentioned as a potential make up date for the bout, the common mentioned is the date of December 10th, a night that also features a welterweight fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson.

The question is, will the postponement of the fight give either fighter an advantage, or will it hinder their efforts?

It’s hard to judge because both fighters are in the middle of training camp, with a little more than a month to go.

As mentioned earlier, Froch echoed his disappointment in the postponement of the fight, but if anything this may be a blessing in disguise.

Compared to Ward, Froch is a little older, has participated in more bouts and has had a tougher road to reach the finals of the “Super Six” tournament.

When I say tougher road, I do not necessarily mean the level of competition, because Ward has faced great opposition as well.

But because of Froch’s fighting style and lack of reflexes or sophisticated defensive technique, Froch has endured and accumulated a lot of damage in his recent fights.

The Cobra had a war with Jean Pascal and a life and death battle against Jermain Taylor prior to entering the tournament.

Since his entry into the tournament, Froch participated in tough battles against Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler and Glen Johnson.

As tough as Froch is, a little extra time to recuperate may be beneficial to him.

But it is understandable for him to want get on with the fight, and this interruption may have a negative effect as far as timing goes for his upcoming match up.

Only time will tell.

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Saturday June 5th, at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, showcases an intriguing match up between Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson 51-14-2 (35 ko’s) and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch 27-1 (20 ko‘s).

This is the second semifinal in the Super Six Tournament with the winner to face WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward.

Froch is a two time Super Middleweight Champion, with victories over Arthur Abraham, Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell.

Known for his punching power, outstanding chin and toughness, Froch appears to be the odds on favorite going against Johnson.

According to Betfair, Froch is a 1-4 favorite.

Johnson has a nice resume as well, being a long time veteran and former champion himself. Johnson has victories over Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, Allan Green and Clinton Woods.

I think it is a toss up fight, but who is better suited for Ward in the final?

If you ask Ward, he would probably tell you he does not care who he goes up against. He will undoubtedly prepare for either fighter going in at 100%.

What will be the best outcome for boxing?

A final against Froch or Johnson?

I think a majority of the public wants to see Ward vs. Froch in a good ole classic America vs. England battle. The two nations have a strong history of rivalry that far extends across the sport of boxing.

If we go back in recent history, significant bouts between American and English stars include Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton, Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson, Lewis vs. Holyfield, just to name a few.

From a stylistically standpoint, I think Froch is a better fight for Ward.

Although Froch has made steady improvements to his fighting style, progressively getting better with each fight, he has shown he does not fare to great against quick fighters who possess a great deal of athletic ability and or boxing skill.

Take a look at the controversial fight Froch had against Dirrell in the opening round of the tournament. Froch was awarded the split decision, albeit on his home turf, but in many people’s eyes he lost that fight.

Froch was the aggressor and pressed the fight, but he was out boxed, consistently being hit with clean punches, and was far from accurate when he attempted to attack.

His most damaging or consistent attack was when he would rough house and wrestle Dirrell to the canvas.

Dirrell, perhaps being intimidated by Froch’s force or by the chaotic atmosphere surrounding him was too gun shy and waited too late to respond back, as far as fighting with mean intent and stepping up against the tactics from Froch.

Taking it a step further, look back at the fight Froch had against Taylor a few years back.

The former middle weight champ from Arkansas was winning on the scorecards before he gassed out and succumbed to the pressure in the last seconds of the final round.

Before falling from exhaustion, he was hitting Froch at will and even managed to drop the Cobra in the third round. Taylor does possess above average hand speed and a great jab, but certainly is not a stalwart defensively and throughout the later stages of his career has shown a tendency to tire out half way through a fight.

Using these fights as a barometer, it can be seen how Ward can pull off the victory against Froch.

Ward is faster and has more athletic ability than Taylor, and is certainly more defensive and does not get tired. Although Ward may not be as skilled or as technical as his childhood friend Dirrell, the margin between the two is not significant and he has certainly shown he is tougher.

Ward will work in the trenches, and will get dirty if he has too, especially with everything on the line in this final match of the tournament.

Ward has the skill, speed and overall athletic ability to outbox Froch like Dirrell did the opening round of the tournament. Ward also has the mental toughness and to match Froch.

Although I believe Ward has certain advantages over Johnson, I believe a fight against Froch is a better match up overall for the betterment of boxing.

It’s a fight between young champs, who proved themselves and are original participants in this very tournament.

I think a match up featuring Froch and Ward will draw more attention from the fans, and out of the two I believe Ward would get more credit for beating the a younger Froch as opposed to a 42 year old Johnson.

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The first semifinal of the Super Six Tournament will finally take place Saturday May 14th, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca.

A great matchup pitting contrasting styles against one another as Andre Ward faces Arthur Abraham with a spot in the finals on the line.

Ward enters this Super Six semifinal bout possessing many skills and advantages.

The difference in hand speed and lateral movement will immediately be apparent from opening bell.


Abraham Photo Credit: Marco Krause / Team Sauerland

Cat like reflexes and a blue collar mentality are also present with the young fighter from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Not just relying on speed, Ward is a versatile fighter, displaying the ability to effectively fight on the inside as he showed against Super Six participant Allan Green.

Earlier in his career, Ward demonstrated the ability to move around on his feet, throw quick pot shots, counterpunch, and showed his ability to throw combinations like his childhood friend and fellow Super Six participant Andre Dirrell.

Speaking of Dirrell, this is an important thing to keep in mind because Dirrell had success against Abraham in his disqualification victory last year.

Before the disqualification took place however, Dirrell was pitching out a dominant performance and wonderful display of pugilistic excellence.

Leading on all scorecards, the bout was abruptly ended after Dirrell suffered a punch from Abraham when he slipped to the canvas in the 11th round, resulting in a disqualification for Abraham.

Amidst all the controversy from how the fight ended, the blueprint for beating Abraham was set.

Combination punching, accurate counter shots, moving around the ring, all key components leading to Dirrell’s success and Ward may have to emulate the game plan to be successful.

Contrasting from Ward’s style showcased in earlier fights, most recently, critics of Ward compare his fighting style to Bernard Hopkins.

The comparison is with the defensive fighting approach, which may consists of throwing one or two punches at a time, fighting close in the trenches, clinching, rough house tactics which may include head butting and an elbow here and there.

Any comparisons to Hopkins should be a good thing, considering he is a future first ballot hall of famer.

Entering Saturday’s showdown, the jab will be the most important punch of the fight.

Abraham is known for having a strong jab and an authoritative punch to follow. Just ask Jermain Taylor or Edison Miranda about the Armenian’s punching power.

This will be important in trying to control Ward. Abraham has to deter Ward and keep him from establishing his game plan. He cannot allow Ward to set his pace and find comfort inside the ring.

Abraham has a strong, compact physique, which serves his boxing style.

Defensive minded for the early rounds, Abraham typically uses his arms to shield himself from punches, similar to the cover up defense Joshua Clottey and Winky Wright use.

Abraham consistently employs his jab, and as the fight progresses and he has analyzed his opponent, he presses the attack.

Although Ward has certain advantages in this match up, Abraham is a former champion and no push over.

Expect Ward to out- work Abraham and use his overall speed and versatility to his advantage.

While he does not have freakish knockout power like Abraham, he does possess enough sting to have affect on Abraham and don’t be surprised if Abraham goes down from an accumulation of punches.

This will be a grueling fight, and a dirty affair can be expected as well.

Both fighters also have a history or bad reputation of dirty fighting.

Ward is accused of questionable tactics against Sakio Bika, Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green, while Abraham is accused in his encounters against Jermain Taylor, Edison Miranda, Andre Dirrell and a few others.

To add to that Abraham is coming off an unimpressive streak of fights and will be extremely desperate for a victory, especially over a quality opponent.

With that in mind, Ward has the savvy of a well experienced general inside the ring. The ability to slip punches, shift his shoulders, land accurate hooks and upper cuts to the body while also displaying precision upstairs as well.

Versatility is extremely important and Ward will continue to show his pedigree boxing from the inside and outside, on route to earning a tough victory over Abraham, advancing to the Super Six finals.

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Late Falcons rally not enough to overcome deficit

Kirk Jackson

Solano Community College suffered its third conference loss of the season last Saturday falling to Laney College 7-8.

Laney infielder Julian Coffin-Lennear started things off in the second inning driving in a run from his single earned off a throw from Solano pitcher Chris Witschi.

Utility hitter Ellis Stephney doubled driving in three RBI’s. Infielder Juan Carrillo added an RBI off a single and Laney College held the lead 7-0 at the end of the second inning.

In-fielder Ard Derron doubled and drove in an RBI to put Solano on the scoreboard in the third inning.

After a double from infielder Trevor Matern to start off the fifth inning, catcher Victor Romero homered sending in two RBI’s.

Infielder Cody Golden drove in another run off a single and Solano trailed Laney at the end of the fifth inning 4-7.

Utility hitter Tony Uyeno placed an RBI on the board for the Falcons with a double to begin the seventh inning. Uyeno, also scored a run off a double from short stop Patrick Johnson to close the gap at the end of the inning 6-7.

Laney’s Ellis Stephney scored from third base off a passed ball pushing the lead up to two runs. Solano catcher James Mossholder added an RBI off a double, but it wasn’t enough as Solano fell one run short losing to Laney 7-8.

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Solano Dives Into Season

Kirk Jackson

Solano Community College’s swimming program is looking to make more than a splash this upcoming season.

Coming off an Inter Squad Meet this past Friday, head coach Scott Parrish looks to lead this vast collection of athletes to a successful season.

“Our goal is to win the Bay Valley Conference,” said Parrish.  “You prepare differently every year. That’s the creativity of coaching. You work with who you have and try to maximize your strengths.”

Assistant coach Sally Baldwin echoed the same sentiment; “With coaching you work on making adjustments; [for example] breathing patterns, rotating in water, [and] finding the right placement.”

The numbers advantage and great conditioning are the strengths of this team, Parrish explained, especially for the women.

“Every person practices twice a day,” said Parrish. “And sometimes over the weekends as well.”

Tough teams that the Falcons will face during the 2011 season include: Golden West College, Ventura College, Orange Coast, and Diablo Valley College, which historically hold a high status according to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA).

Nonetheless, Parrish enjoys the great chemistry of his team.

“This is a close group, there is a family feel, and everyone [is] friendly,” said Parrish.

The Falcons swim team will kick off the regular season on Feb. 19 with the Laney Invitational in Oakland.