As an aside to start, I don't know why anyone is critical of Showtime "stealing" this idea. Sure it was new to boxing (sort of), but it's not like it took geniuses at HBO to think of having an intimate, sit-down interview with two rivals or competitors or whatever. It has been done before. And even if, so what? Jimmy Page stole all the time.
Anyway, here's a preview of Showtime's "Staredown" interview with Andre Ward and Carl Froch, who face one another on December 17 in Atlantic City, with the winner not only the WBA and WBC super middleweight titleholder, but also the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament winner, and in all likelihood, largely considered the top super middleweight in the world, and one of the best in the sport pound-for-pound. The Ring Magazine world championship -- which we consider the legitimate championship of the sport -- will also be at stake.
Ward (24-0, 13 KO) and Froch (28-1, 20 KO) weren't the favorites to be here when this tournament started, but both have legitimized themselves as top forces over the last two years, and in the minds of many, are already the two best 168-pound fighters in the world. This fight is arguably the biggest in the division's history, with only a couple of bouts serious contenders too that title, with only Calzaghe vs Kessler in 2007 having much of an argument.