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2011 fighter of the year: Andre Ward

Updated: December 27, 2011, 4:58 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

When Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic began in late 2009, Mikkel Kessler was the favorite to win the tournament featuring six of the best super middleweights in the world. Arthur Abraham was widely considered the second choice, with Carl Froch also expected to do well.

Andre Ward, despite a 2004 Olympic gold medal and a winning streak that stretched back to 1996, when he was just 12, was not a popular pick.

Dan Rafael's fighters of the year

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