Abraham questions Froch’s back injury
By Scott Gilfoid: Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) isn’t pleased with having to wait longer for Super Six tourney bout against former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KO’s). Abraham wonders about Froch’s recent back injury, saying in an article at Sport.ru, “Froch is injured, but it is impossible to be assured about it. When a person does not wish to box, it will always be easy to find an excuse. Always its possible to go to a doctor and to receive an excuse.”
It’s hard to imagine Froch trying to use an injury to excuse to get out of fighting Abraham. What could Froch gain? He’s going to have to fight Abraham sooner or later anyway because that’s the only way Froch can make into the finals. The only thing I can see Froch getting from postponing the fight is more time to prepare for the Abraham fight. I can see that, but Froch would have to be really paranoid about fight for him to claim an injury just so that he could get an extra month or so to get ready for the Abraham fight.
It isn’t like Froch hasn’t had a ton of time to prepare for Abraham. Froch’s last fight was five long months ago, and if he needs even more time to prepare for Abraham, then he must be in really bad shape mentally and/or physically. Abraham does think that Froch’s loss to Mikkel Kessler messed Froch up mentally. But, god, it would be terrible if it messed Froch up to the point where he’s making fake back excuses to get out of fighting Abraham. That would be so bad. Froch needs to get the eye of the tiger. Andre Dirrell already showed how it’s done to beat Abraham. Froch should be studying Dirrell’s fight with Abraham like crazy, so he can try and somehow mimic what Dirrell in that fight.
Honestly, I don’t think it’s possible for Froch to copy Dirrell, because what Dirrell did was based on his amazing physical tools and Froch just doesn’t have the same kind of abilities that Dirrell possesses. Froch is more of a basic plodder, whereas Dirrell is lighting quick and beats his opponents with his hand speed and cat-like reflexes. Froch is going to get hit in the Abraham fight, there’s no ifs and buts about it. The question is whether Froch’s steel chin will hold up under him for 12 rounds from the sledgehammer shots from Abraham. I don’t think it will. Abraham hits too hard and I don’t think it’s humanly possible to have a defense as wide open as Froch’s is and to take the kinds of heavy shots he’s going to be taking from Abraham for as long as it lasts.
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