Showtime Super Middleweight Tourney Format and Rules
FORMAT - All bouts will be contested under the unified rules of boxing; All bouts scheduled for 12 rounds; Both the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Association (WBA) titles will be on the line at the outset of tournament competition; Each boxer will fight three bouts against different opponents in the Group Stage— round-robin, points-based competition.
Article posted on 13.07.2009
Arthur Abraham Berlin, Germany (30-0, 24 KOs)
Andre Dirrell Flint, Mich. (18-0, 13 KOs)
Carl Froch Nottingham, England (25-0, 20 KOs) WBC 168-lbs Champion
Mikkel Kessler Copenhagen, Denmark (41-1, 31 KOs) WBA 168-lbs Champion
Jermain Taylor Little Rock, Ark. (28-3-1, 17 KOs)
Andre Ward Oakland, Calif. (19-0, 12 KOs)
Points will be awarded after each bout. Scoring is as follows:
Win – 2 points (with a 1-point KO/TKO bonus)
Draw – 1 point
Loss – 0 points
Following the Group Stage, the top four point scorers qualify for the Semi-Finals with the bottom two eliminated (In the event of a tie on points, a tie-break mechanism is in place);
Semi-Finals will match the point leader against the fourth place fighter and the second versus the third in single-elimination bouts (In the event of a draw in the Semi-Final bouts, a tie-break mechanism is in place);
The winners of the Semi-Final bouts advance to the Final.
DATES and VENUES
Fights will be contested on both American and European continents. Dates and venues will be announced in the coming weeks.
GROUP STAGE MATCHUPS
GROUP STAGE 1
CARL FROCH vs. ANDRE DIRRELL (for WBC World Championship)
JERMAIN TAYLOR vs. ARTHUR ABRAHAM
MIKKEL KESSLER vs. ANDRE WARD (for WBA World Championship)
Matchups in Group Stages 2 and 3 will be announced in the coming weeks.
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