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Froch eyes status as a superstar

Arthur Abraham (L), Carl Froch (C) and Mikkel Kessler
Froch (centre), Germany's Arthur Abraham (left) and Denmark's Mikkel Kessler

Nottingham boxer Carl Froch believes winning the Super Six series would make him an international superstar.

Froch will compete with Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham, Jermain Taylor, Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler in a six-way tournament, beginning later this year.

"To win this tournament will make me an international superstar, it's as simple as that," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"There are six top world-class fighters here, all facing off against each other. It's an unbelievable concept."

The WBC super-middleweight champion is excited to begin the tournament, but admits the format is somewhat of an unknown quantity for any professional fighters.

"It's a new concept for professional boxing. You're not in a team but you feel part of a team," Froch said.

The six fighters all met up for the series launch in New York this week, but Froch knows that any friendships that are built over the course of the coming months will have to stay out of the ring.

I will have achieved far more than [Joe] Calzaghe ever achieved in his career [if I win]

Carl Froch

"I've befriended Mikkel Kessler, we've had a good chat and exchanged numbers. We're on talking terms and we're getting on, but there's still that look in his eye," he said.

"I told him 'Mikkel, respect before the fight, respect after the fight but not during the fight,' and he said 'Of course, of course'."

Froch has long been striving to earn the level of recognition that Joe Calzaghe held during his career, and the Nottingham native believes this series is the chance for him to surpass Calzaghe in the eyes of the boxing world.

"I will have achieved far more than Calzaghe ever achieved in his career [if I win], because I'm in a position here where I'm fighting the other five best five fighters in this division," he said.

"I think winning this tournament will mean you're not only the best in your division, but it's going to give you status as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, in any division."

In the first phase of the event, each fighter will face three different opponents over the next 12 months in a points-based competition. A win is worth two points, a draw one, with no points for a loss.

The four leading points scorers advance to the semi-finals, with the top-ranked facing the fourth, and second facing third.

The winners will meet in early 2011 for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic trophy.

Froch will defend his title against Dirrell this October in Nottingham in the first group stage. The other fights see Taylor v Abraham, and Kessler v Ward - the latter for Kessler's WBA title.



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