The Super Six semifinals are finalized. The deal was cemented recently for Andre Ward to face Arthur Abraham on May 14 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and now the Carl Froch-Glen Johnson fight is set, too. Originally planned for May 21, Lem Satterfield of BoxingScene.com reports that the fight has moved to June 4, and will be held in Atlantic City.
Froch (27-1, 20 KO) and Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KO) have the far more compelling fight on paper between the two semifinal bouts, as Ward is a massive favorite against the seemingly defanged Abraham in the other fight. The 42-year-old Johnson replaced Mikkel Kessler in stage three of the event, and knocked out Allan Green on November 6 to punch his ticket to the elimination rounds. Froch has started the tournament with a double-debated 1-1 against Andre Dirrell (win in Nottingham) and Kessler (loss in Denmark) before dominating and downright embarrassing Abraham in the final round robin stage.
Really, I think Froch-Johnson is a mild darkhorse for a possible Fight of the Year type battle. Froch has proven he makes good fights against just about anyone that isn't Dirrell, while Johnson's relentless style should match up and make for a gritty, in-the-trenches battle between a couple of very tough guys.
The moving of the date was likely influenced by HBO scooping up the May 21 rematch between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and the legendary Bernard Hopkins. By moving the fight to June 4, the competition is HBO's Boxing After Dark headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sebastian Zbik.