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Carl Froch beats Arthur Abraham to win back WBC belt

Carl Froch (right) and Arthur Abraham
Froch consistently breached Abraham's guard on his way to victory

Carl Froch regained the WBC super-middleweight title with a unanimous points win over Arthur Abraham in the Super Six series in Helsinki.

Nottingham's Froch, who lost the belt to Mikkel Kessler in April, dominated from the off, breaching Abraham's high-held guard with left jabs throughout.

The punishment was relentless, although Abraham managed to rally in the last.

But the judges were in no doubt who was the victor - scoring 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108 in Froch's favour.

"It's not sunk in. I think when I look at it later it will sink in," the Englishman told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I am so, so proud of myself. I've done this for my son Rocco - he is five months old and he is going to look back on this fight with me.

"It's unbelievable: I've got this title back and I've got my son at home waiting for me and I'm elated."

Both Froch and Abraham had already qualified for the Super Six semi-finals, however Saturday's result in Finland has set up a last-four re-match between the pair.

The Germany-based Abraham will need to drastically change his tactics if he is to have any chance next time.

Froch, at 6ft 2in the taller of the two by four inches, kept his distance and landed jabs and upper-cuts to the plodding Abraham from the first bell.

Froch was moving well and on the rare occasions Abraham did move forward the 'Cobra' proved elusive - although Abraham did connect with a vicious right-hand at the end of the second.

Former IBF middleweight world champion Abraham was coming under fire from a vast array of body and head blows and found it difficult to anticipate where the next shot was coming from.

Abraham slipped and touched the canvas in the sixth, but the referee intervened as Froch moved in for the kill.

The pummelling resumed in the next, however, as Abraham was pinned into the corner with a cluster of shots to the head and body.

More left-right combinations with the jab rocked the increasingly statuesque Abraham in the ninth, while Abraham looked in dire trouble in the 11th but somehow managed to absorb the onslaught.

Only a knockout could save Abraham, 30, in the last and, remarkably, he unleashed a couple of thunderous rights which clearly shook 33-year-old Froch.

But it was too little too late for Abraham as Froch held on for a thoroughly deserved victory.

Froch was delighted with the way he executed his game plan.

606: DEBATE

"I wanted to move in behind the jab, have a go and put some combos together and get the fight going," he added.

"The old me would have done that. I may have got him out of there but I may have got chinned myself so why take that gamble?

"I listen to Richie Woodhall in the gym, I obviously listen first to (trainer) Rob McCracken and it's all about boxing and moving.

"This isn't fighting, this is boxing. It was my boxing ability, it was my brain.

"I don't even feel like I've been in a fight and I've picked up the WBC world champion (belt) which is rightfully mine and wrongfully taken off me in the last fight."



see also
BBC man on Froch-watch
28 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Froch v Abraham build-up photos
24 Nov 10 |  Boxing
I'll end Froch's career - Abraham
22 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Froch fit for Helsinki title tilt
18 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Froch-Abraham bout for WBC title
06 Oct 10 |  Boxing
Froch gets new date for Abraham
24 Sep 10 |  Boxing
Froch set to remain in Super Six
27 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Kessler snatches title from Froch
24 Apr 10 |  Boxing


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