After two years of fights, the Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament has reached its finale. Carl Froch defeated Glen Johnson via majority decision to advance to the finals where he'll face East Bay-native Andre Ward. Although Lucian Bute has an argument as far as top super middleweight is concerned, the winner of Froch-Ward will likely be considered the top super middleweight at this point.
Froch faced a tough opponent in Johnson and it showed in the scorecards as Froch was not able to pull out the unanimous decision. Froch won with scorecards of 117-111, 116-112, 114-114. He fought a tactical bout to secure victory, but it's safe to say he'll have to go beyond tactical when he faces Ward later this year. Ward fights what some may call a dirtier fight and others just look at as a more physical style of boxing that has worked for the likes of Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins.
However you view the fight, Froch and Ward have easily been the big winners thus far in this tournament. Mikkel Kessler and Arthur Abrahama both entered the WBC as favorites to win it all and both have seen their stock plummet. Andre Ward has arguably seen his stock rise the most primarily because of his win over Kessler. Now he gets to face Froch in a fight that could really secure Ward's place at the top of the division. He'll likely need to face Bute to further secure that position, but a win over Froch leaves Ward as the proverbial king of the hill.
There is no word yet on when Froch and Ward will fight later this year but the date remains to be determined. I'd imagine they'll face off in October or November. It will be interesting to see how they decide on the site for the fight. Ward has only fought in California during this tournament, while Froch has shown more of a willingness to travel for his fights.