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Rizwaan
Zahid

Allan Green was not
Super Six material

Perhaps Allan Green will prove me wrong in his next fight with Mikkel Kessler, but judging by his woeful performance against Andre Ward, it does not seem that Allan Green is a top super middleweight. Is he good? Definitely. Is he great like the other members of the Super Six? I donít think so.
Originally Green was supposed to square off with Sakio Bika and the winner was supposed to take the vacant spot in the Super Six after Jermaine Taylor dropped out of the tournament. Somehow, though, Green was elected over Sakio Bika. While Greenís only loss was against Edison Miranda at a time when Green was incredibly ill, he has been inconsistent and streaky in his performances. Sakio Bika, on the other hand, wouldíve been a great selection. The Cameroon native has lost twice in over seven years, with those losses coming against Lucian Bute and Joe Calzaghe. No shame at all losing to either.
Lucian Bute is the obvious exclusion in this tournament, however. Bute was not invited to participate in the tournament, according to Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President of Showtime Sports. But why not after Taylor dropped out? Bute probably is earning more money on HBO and is becoming that network's new star, but the fact that he, Bika, Miranda, or even Librado Andrade were not invited as replacements for Taylor -- but Allan Green was -- is surprising and disappointing.
The reason is not all that complex. The best way to promote the tournament was to set up a Europe versus America showdown. Of the fighters mentioned above, Green is the only American. Green however, is entering his last fight with zero points and most wonít pick him over Mikkel Kessler.
It is likely that Green will be one of the two fighters eliminated before the semifinal stage of the tournament. Perhaps we will then see Green, or the other non-semifinalist, take on Lucian Bute.
There are very few criticisms of the Super Six tournament. It is groundbreaking and spectacular for boxing in general by having some of the top fighters compete against one another over a short period of time. One clear negative, however, is that only five of the competitors belong there.

 

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Rizwaan Zahid



Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rizwaan Zahid is in his senior year at Carleton University in Ottawa, pursuing his Mass Communications degree, with the future aspirations of becoming a professional sports journalist.
Although relatively young, Rizwaan has shown his passion of writing the beautiful sport of boxing and has worked with Bragging Rights Corner, Boxing Banter, Diamond Boxing,
Fightfan.com, East Side Boxing as well as The Fight Network for over three years. With Fightfan.com, Rizwaan has been awarded the feature article of the month numerous times.
Over these past few years, Rizwaan has interviewed and conducted conferences with fighters and trainers such as Jeff Mayweather, Jermaine Taylor, Kelly Pavlik, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones Jr., Jackie Kallen, Wayne McCullough, Manny Pacquaio, Wladimir Klitsckho and Emmanuel Steward.

Although boxing has been his main focus over the years, Rizwaan still has a strong passion for many other sports and has covered various sports in The Charlatan, Carleton University's newspaper.
Rizwaan has also worked with PHASE 1 Basketball, a camp based out of Toronto which is a showcase for the best basketball Canada has to offer on various levels, as well as the Out of Left Field blog which attracts numerous readers daily.

Rizwaan Zahid hopes to continue his efforts in journalism in the world of sports.
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