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Froch's Super Six stay remains in doubt after new blow

ESPN staff
April 26, 2010

Carl Froch's participation in the Super Six tournament, which will determine the world's best super-middleweight fighter, remains in serious doubt after his next opponent's promoter refused to guarantee that the bout would take place in Britain.

Froch, who lost both his unbeaten record and his WBC title to Mikkel Kessler in Denmark on Saturday, faces a must-win fight against Arthur Abraham in his final group stage bout of the Super Six.

After his defeat against Kessler, Froch stated that "my fight with Abraham is in England or the fight is not happening" - but Abraham's promoter Wilfried Sauerland is not guaranteeing that he will get his wish.

"Some newspapers have wrongly suggested that I shook hands with Mick Hennessy [Froch's promoter] on an agreement [for the fight to be in the UK], but that is not true," Sauerland said.

"The tournament contracts imply that the Abraham-Froch fight should take place on European territory, or wherever it makes the most commercial sense for everyone involved. I would prefer it to be on neutral territory."

In other boxing news, two-time WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz has announced his retirement from the sport. He was stopped by David Haye in his last fight, leaving him with a final career record of 44-9.

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