Time for Another Super Six

By Ted Sares on October 25, 2012
Time for Another Super Six
Right now, Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios are the ones calling the shots. (Ed Mulholland)

The Super Six World Boxing Classic was a 2009 through 2011 super middleweight tournament organized by Showtime in cooperation with Sauerland Event. WBA champion Andre Ward went on to beat WBC champion Carl Froch in the Final on December 17, 2011.

With Danny Garcia’s swift demolition of Erik Morales coming on top of Brandon Rios’ brutal stoppage of teak tough Mike Alvarado, a number of fan-friendly possibilities have emerged in the light welterweight division—possibilities that could be far more entertaining than what we saw in the aforementioned Super Six.

Maybe it’s time to consider another Super World Boxing Classic including fighters from the following list(s):

First Tier
Danny Garcia (25-0)
Lucas Matthysse (32-2)
Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1)
Brandon Rios (31-0-1)
Lamont Peterson (30-1-1)
Zab Judah (42-7)
Amir Khan (26-3)
Mike Alvarado (33-1)

Second Tier
Viktor Postol (19-0)
Carlos Molina (17-0)
Kendall Holt (28-5)
Khabib Allakhverdiev (17-0)
Denis Shafikov (30-0-1)
Joan Guzman (33-0-1)
Cesar Rene Cuenca (43-0)
Alberto Mosquera (18-0)

The above list will get smaller after Postol faces off with surging DeMarcus Corley, while Kahn meets Molina in December.

The thinking here is that Garcia, Matthysse, Judah, Rios, Peterson, and Marquez get first call. Garcia could start things by fighting Judah in Brooklyn. “Swift” could continue to win over Flatbush fans if he takes out Zab in Zab’s hometown. The highly regarded Matthysse just might have the gravitas to send JMM into retirement (assuming Manny Pacquiao doesn’t do it first). Lamont Peterson still has a legitimate claim to a top spot at 140 and can give anyone trouble with his grit and tenacity. Right now, Garcia and Rios are the ones calling the shots. Accordingly, the fights in any tournament—official or otherwise—should be scheduled so that the odds favor these two meeting at the end. Bam Bam Rios vs. anyone becomes a must-see fight, but if it ends up being against Danny Garcia, oh my!

Amir Khan is next on my list and could replace Juan Manuel Marquez depending on how Marquez does against Pac Man. Mike Alvarado also remains a factor, but how strong he will be after three straight wars (against Prescott, Herrera, and Rios) remains to be seen. After Kahn and Alvarado, the list pretty much becomes a pick ‘em.

One final note: Argentinean Cesar “El Distinto” Cuenca has the best record at 43-0-0-2 and has fought an impressive 341 rounds. However, his KO percentage is very Distinto (i.e., distinct); it is an eye-popping 2.22%—yes, just one KO in 45 fights.

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  1. raxman 01:59pm, 10/28/2012

    lets not go jumping the gun on danny garcia - he beat an ancient morales and a technically exposed chinless khan. i think you’ve got carried away with rios but at least rios has some legit victories under his belt

  2. Don from Prov 08:04am, 10/26/2012

    The list would translate into a hell of a tournament—

    Get into those Showtime offices!!

  3. Darrell 08:19pm, 10/25/2012

    Great idea.  Some exciting fighters & fights in prospect if the idea were to come to fruition.

    As an aside, Zab Judah lost that fight against Matthysse.

  4. Tex Hassler 04:43pm, 10/25/2012

    Seems like an excellent idea.

  5. pugknows 02:00pm, 10/25/2012

    These guys offer a much better selection than the first Super Six did. IMHO, that is.

  6. john coiley 09:56am, 10/25/2012

    It feels like Wladimir has been around for quite awhile. How old is he? How long’s he been punching for pay?

  7. dollarbond 09:54am, 10/25/2012

    He had so much more to give. May our Lord grant him eternal comfort and peace.

  8. Boxing Analytics 08:11am, 10/25/2012

    I like it.  However, I would like to see a traditional single elimination tournament instead of a round robin.  Rankings or drawing out of a hat can determine seeding.

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