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Carl Froch is to defend his WBC super-middlweight belt against Andre Dirrell in the first fight of a 'Super Six Boxing Classic' series of bouts.

Nottingham's Froch has signed up for the new concept along with Dirrell, Arthur Abraham, Jermain Taylor, Andre Ward and WBA champion Mikkel Kessler.

All six super-middleweight boxers have agreed to fight any - and possibly all - five other contestants.

Froch, 32, is set to fight Dirrell in his home city in October.

"The stars have truly aligned," said Ken Hershmann, the boss of American cable TV broadcaster Showtime Sports.

"It began as an intriguing concept, and through a tremendous amount of hard work on everyone's part, we are going to pull off one of the most exciting events in boxing history.

"The 168lb division is the most talent-rich in boxing right now, and the Super Six structure will deliver one compelling match-up after another."

The six boxers involved have a combined tally of 161-4-1 with 117 knockouts, with Froch's record standing at 25-0 (20 KOs).

IBF middleweight champion Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs), of Germany will move up to challenge at 168lb.

United States Olympic bronze medallist Dirrell has a record of 18-0 (13 KOs), and Denmark's Kessler is 41-1 (31 KOs), his sole defeat coming against Joe Calzaghe.

Former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor is 28-3-1 (17 KOs), and US Olympic gold medallist and number one-ranked contender Ward is 19-0 (12 KOs).

In the first phase of the event, each fighter will face three different opponents over the next 12 months in a points-based competition. A win is worth two points, a draw one, with no points for a loss.

The four leading points scorers advance to the semi-finals, with the top-ranked facing the fourth, and second facing third.

The winners will meet in early 2011 for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic trophy.

As well as Froch v Dirrell, the first group stage will also feature Taylor v Abraham, and Kessler v Ward - the latter for Kessler's WBA title.

Froch successfully defended his WBC title against Taylor last April in Connecticut with a dramatic stoppage 14 seconds from the final bell.

Not sure about this in terms of Froch winning but shows he's not afraid to take on anyone. At least we will know who the undisputed middleweight champ is

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Great idea. Boxing is in need of a shake up. Prizefighter has done it in Britian and now the Americans seem to by trying as well. Not sure i agree with the guy saying super-middleweight is the most talet rich division (welterweight obviously is) but it will still make fights that may not have sparked interest before seem more exciting.

I still think the major problem with boxing though is the fight card. 9 times out of 10 a shit undercard then a big fight where the main two fighters are paid too much. They should copy UFC and have 4 or 5 fights on the card with almost equal pay for each fighter. Amir Khan undercard looks good though. 9 fights. Cant wait.

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Should be interesting, some VERY good boxers in there and should make a good spectacle its a shame there isnt really a channel dedicated to bringing you top quality boxing its always got to come out your pocket to watch an interesting fight with most of them on PPV

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