Kessler will still dominate Froch – Prediction
By Scott Gilfoid: After watching last night’s one-sided beating of Mikkel Kessler by the new World Boxing Association super middleweight champion Andre Ward, I have serious doubts whether WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch will win the Super Six tournament. Actually, I give Froch zero chance of winning it. I think Kessler will make Froch look like a bumbling amateur when they fight, and I suspect that Ward knock Froch out when the time comes for them to fight.
Froch, 32, will be facing Kessler in his next fight in the Super Six tournament, which should take place early next year barring any serious injuries or Kessler pulling out of the tournament. Kessler was hopelessly outclassed on Saturday night by the young Ward, beaten to the punch and pummeled for 10 rounds until the referee stepped in and stopped the bout in the 11th due to two deep cuts over both eyes of Kessler.
The referee actually did Kessler a big favor by stopping it because Ward was serving Kessler up and might have been able to stop him if the bout – if you want to call it that – had been allowed to continue. Man, Kessler’s face looked like nine miles of bad road after the fight, lumped up and cut to ribbons. He started squawking early in the 8th about not being able to see, and I smelled fear from him.
It was terrible to see Kessler reduced to a pitiful punching bag from the hard punches from Ward, but I told you this was going happen. Kessler is a good fighter, but there’s a huge divide between Kessler and Ward and Dirrell. I think we saw that on Saturday night. Now it’s Froch’s turn. Luckily for Froch, he won’t be facing Ward or Dirrell. However, he doesn’t need to be because Froch is going to be just as badly in trouble by facing Kessler.
Don’t get things twisted about Kessler’s one-sided loss to Ward. Kessler is still a great fighter and only couple of other fighters would have been able to do what Ward did to him on Saturday night, and Froch isn’t among them in my view. I see Froch taking a vicious pounding by Kessler. Froch will come in standing straight up, leading with his chin, hands down by his sides naturally, and taking shot after shot from the quicker Kessler.
It won’t even be a fight, because unless Froch starts body slamming and firing off rabbit punches like no tomorrow, Kessler is going to badly out-point Froch. It’s too bad that there won’t Kessler’s WBA title on the line when they fight. Froch was really hoping there would be. He was under the illusion that Kessler was going to beat Ward, and that he would get the chance of having a huge fight that would get the boxing public excited.
I’m sure this disappoints Froch. That’s okay, though, the fight will still be vaguely interesting to see how much Kessler has left, and whether Froch can win a fight without resorting to rough stuff to try and get an extra edge. Even if Froch does start fouling, Kessler is fast and plenty tough. I think he’d will handle any rabbit shots and still win a one-sided fight. Froch is too slow, too upright and much too hittable to beat a quality fighter like Kessler.