Andre Ward beats Arthur Abraham to make Super Six final
WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward defeated Arthur Abraham on points on Saturday to advance into the final of the Super Six tournament.
American Ward dominated the 12-round contest to win a unanimous points verdict, the three judges scoring the bout 120-108, 118-110 and 118-111.
Abraham never threatened to cause Ward any problems and is eliminated from the tournament after three defeats.
Ward will now either face Britain's Carl Froch or Jamaican Glen Johnson.
WBC champion Froch and Johnson meet in Atlantic City on 4 June, with the final expected to be staged some time in the autumn.
"We're going to the finals, baby," said Ward after his victory.
Ward, a 2004 Olympic gold medallist, improved to 24-0 with 13 knockouts. He displayed his trademark tactical style, methodically wearing down Abraham.
The challenger had started aggressively, rattling Ward with a right hand in the third round. But Abraham had no response when Ward stepped up the pressure in the fourth.
"I fought hard, I gave it my all," said Abraham. "He didn't hit me cleanly. I tried to go for the knockout, and I couldn't get it."