Two years have passed since Showtime began its ''Super Six Boxing World Boxing Classic'' in an effort to find the top super-middleweight boxer.
There were some obstacles along the way. Some contenders, such as IBF champion Lucian Bute, opted not to participate. Injuries forced Jermain Taylor and Mikkael Kessler to withdraw during the round-robin tournament. And Andre Ward suffered a cut while sparring and had to postpone the final bout for nearly two months.
But the search for the best 168-pounder will finally end Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, when Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., puts his WBA title on the line against WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, in one of the most anticipated fights of the year.
''Have there been problems? Sure,'' Ward's promoter, Dan Goossen said. ''But for Showtime to be able to get past the politics of boxing, promoters' egos and everything else to keep this tournament together, has been quite an accomplishment. It wa...