Abraham vs. Froch: Is Carl about to see his Super Six dreams die?
By William Mackay: Assuming that former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KO’s) does eventually find a venue that’s agreeable to him for his fight with Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) in September, is Froch about to get knocked out and then knocked out of the Super Six tournament? Froch, 32, can no longer afford to lose another fight if he wants to continue on into the semifinals of the Super Six tourney. Froch was beaten pretty conclusively in his last fight by Mikkel Kessler in Herning, Denmark, although Froch would be the last one to admit it.
Froch still thinks he won the fight for some reason. Hopefully, Froch can put the loss behind him enough so that he can concentrate at his task at hand and try to figure out a way to beat Abraham. It’s not going to be easy for Froch, because Abraham likes to go direct at his opponents to try and take off their heads. Froch is pretty much the same kind of fighter. He doesn’t use a lot of lateral movement and likes to stand and trade power shots with his opponents.
Normally, Froch is the bigger puncher and is able to get away with his straight ahead style of fighting. However, Froch has had problems in the past year in his fights against Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell and Kessler. Froch has won two of the three fights, but the fact that he’s getting hit a lot and barely winning now seems to suggest that his style is now longer working for him.
And if Froch thinks he can run over Abraham, he finally have met a fighter that can not only beat him, but knock him out to the point where there can be no excuses. Froch liks to punch, but Abraham is clearly a better puncher. Since Froch doesn’t have good hand speed or ring movement, he won’t be able to depend on just moving away from Abraham to prevent him from catching up to him and battering him.
Froch most likely will have no other choice by to fight Abraham’s style of fight if he wants to try and win. He won’t be able to move, because Abraham has shown the ability to cut off the ring against much quicker fighters than him in the past. Froch won’t likely be able to stay clear of Abraham, and I really doubt he’ll try. I think Froch’s pride will be too much for him to even consider running from Abraham.
That will make Abraham’s work much easier, because Froch will come right at him and be standing in Abraham’s power alley as he starts to tee off with his massive shots. Froch has been hurt in his last three fights now, and that’s not a good sign. That tells me that Froch’s chin is starting to show cracks and it’s getting worse every time. I think Abraham is going to bust open Froch’s chin and leave him on the canvas before long unless Froch can somehow completely revamp his style of fighting before September.
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