WBA super middleweight champ Andre Ward won a twelve round unanimous decision over a determined Sakio Bika in Oakland, California. It's hard to look good against the rugged and awkward Bika, and Ward ended the fight bruised and bloodied due to a combination of butts and elbows. Ward, however, demonstrated his toughness and was clearly the superior fighter. Scores were 120-108, 118-110 and 118-110. This bout was outside of the Showtime Super Six super middleweight tournament but Ward, to his credit, wanted to stay busy against a tough opponent in preparation for the tournament semi-finals.
In Helsinki, Finland, the Super Six match-up between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham for the vacant WBC super middleweight title was expected to be a close, competitive bout ... but Froch had other plans. Rather than getting lured into a slugfest with the shorter but heavy-handed Abraham, Froch demonstrated incredible discipline in executing his game plan to perfection. Froch used his jab effectively from a safe range and simply outworked Abraham, who made no adjustments during the fight's first eleven rounds. Abraham, knowing he needed a KO to win, finally applied pressure in the 12th round, but it was too little, too late. Scores were 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109.
With the third round of Super Six Tournament complete, the semi-finals are now set as follows:
#1 Andre Ward vs. #4 Arthur Abraham
#2 Carl Froch vs. #3 Glen Johnson