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Froch-Abraham signed for October 2 in Monte Carlo

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Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reports that negotiations have finally settled and a deal has been struck for the Super Six World Boxing Classic fight between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham. The two, who both refused to fight in the other's backyard, will clash on October 2 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Both are, as you'd expect, promising victory, and both need it not only to ensure that they'll be in the elimination rounds of the Super Six (though Abraham could advance even if he loses), but to rebound from the first loss of each man's career. Abraham lost a disqualification against Andre Dirrell in Detroit in his last bout, and Carl Froch dropped a decision to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark.

This will be the first fight of the tournament held at a neutral site. The dispute over a site for the bout had raged since both men were done with their stage two fights, as Froch and his promoter Mick Hennessey felt they had an agreement to fight in England, but Abraham and Kalle Sauerland argued that they'd never agreed to anything of the sort. Many neutral site ideas were knocked around, including the United States, but Monte Carlo is more or less in the middle of their two home countries, meaning that hopefully, they'll both bring their fans.

In other third stage action, Andre Ward will meet Andre Dirrell, tentatively set for September 25, and Mikkel Kessler faces Allan Green, with that date yet to be determined.