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Froch ready to quit Super Six

ESPN staff
April 25, 2010

Carl Froch is threatening to walk away from the Super Six tournament unless his next fight is guaranteed to take place in Britain.

Froch lost his WBC super-middleweight title after being outpointed by Denmark's Mikkel Kessler on Saturday night in Herning, but the Nottingham fighter is adamant he was the victim of a hometown decision.

The 'Cobra' has one win and a loss from his two tournament showings and next up for the 32-year-old is German-Armenian Arthur Abraham.

And Froch's promoter, Mick Hennessy, claims to have an agreement in place to see the fight held in Britain but Abraham's promoters, Sauerland Events, are adamant the bout will be staged in Berlin - a claim which has riled Froch.

"I am adamant that the next fight, with Arthur Abraham, will be taking place in Britain. I won't be fighting in Germany, it's as simple as that," he said.

"It would mean me pulling out of the tournament if they forced me to fight in Berlin. So I want to get that straight from the start: it has already been agreed that I would fight at home, fight away and a fight back at home. It has been agreed with Ken Hershman at Showtime (Super Six organisers).

"So my fight with Abraham is in England or the fight is not happening and will make a mockery of the tournament. It's as simple as that."

In front of a partisan Danish crowd, home favourite Kessler impressed all three judges and was awarded the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 116-112 as Froch lost his unbeaten record.

And although the Englishman, who was defending his title for a third time since winning the vacant belt against Jean Pascal in December 2008, is willing to quit the tournament, he admits he is desperate to reclaim his belt and unify the division.

"As the Super Six World Boxing Classic rolls on and gets more interesting, a win against Abraham puts me in the semi-final and then there is the final. I can still be undisputed champion in my next three fights, let's not forget that. This fight is going to make me stronger, better and more determined," he added.

German promoter Wilfried Sauerland has insisted any previous agreement was simply for the contest to take place somewhere in Europe and it now looks likely that wherever the match-up will earn the most revenue, is where the fight will take place.

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