Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | 12:43 p.m.
Showtime announced official dates for the first round of its Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament Tuesday. The event features six of the top super middleweight boxers in the world and is based on a win/loss scoring system.
Current WBC champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KO) will face 2004 Olympic medalist Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KO) on Oct. 17.
Also that night, Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KO) will face former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KO).
The final fight will take place on Nov. 21 and feature WBA champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KO) facing another 2004 Olympic medalist Andre Ward (19-0, 12 KO).
All bouts are 12 rounds and will take place in both American and European continents, although official venues have yet to be released.
The tournament will continue throughout the entire 2010 year and conclude is scheduled to conclude in spring 2011.