last saturday andre ward defeated carl froch to win the super 6 tournament.
injuries, promotional in-fighting and the round robin format itself dragged this tournament on for over two years. but it also answered some questions along the way about who the best fighters are in a stacked super-middleweight division. questions that all too often go unanswered in other divisions.
some of the biggest problems of the super six were the length of the tournament and the fact that 3 of the initial 6 participants dropped out. but i think the biggest issue might have been where the fights were staged. in the first two rounds of the group stage, all six of the winners were fighting in their backyard. not surprisingly though, they also had the biggest gates.
there are many (endlessly frustrating) reasons why the best fights today aren't getting made. while the super 6 was not an unqualified success, the tournament confines may be the best chance we have to get the best fights. but obviously it has to make financial sense. one of the biggest challenges of future tournaments will be to figure out a way to stage the fights in the fairest yet most profitable location.
with some tweaking of the tournament format and flexible contingency planning, i still believe that another tournament is the best way to get the best to fight the best.
i think an 8 man single elimination format would be interesting. as far as home field advantage, perhaps for the semis and finals, offer it based on performance in the previous round of the tournament? i don't know the solution, but i think it's a worthwhile problem to tackle if it will make another tournament possible.
do you guys want another tournament? if so, what divisions and fighters would you like to see? and how should the tournament be formatted?