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Can Froch outwork Abraham?

By Sean McDaniel: Without question, Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) is the bigger puncher of the two going into his November 27th Super Six stage 3 tournament fight with former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KO’s) at the Hartwall Arena, in Helsinki, Finland.

Few boxing fans or experts would argue that Abraham isn’t the bigger puncher. But Abraham has a problem with his stamina and because he tends to tire out if he fights hard for the full three minutes of every round, he tends to do zero until the last seconds of the round.

This will leave Froch to do pretty much as he pleases for most of the round, and if you let Froch tag you for 2 ½ minutes of every round, he’s going to cause problems. He hits hard enough for him to build up a sizeable lead. Froch with a big lead could be a bad thing for Abraham, because he might not be able to rally at the end of the fight and score a knockout.

Froch may end up winning this fight easily because he doesn’t let off and tends outwork most of his opponents. That’s how Froch had been fighting before his last bout with Mikkel Kessler. Oddly enough, in that fight Froch held back and let Kessler take charge and win rounds.

Froch then attempted to put in a late to steal a decision, but he had given away far too many rounds for him to make them up at the end without a knockdown or two. However, Abraham could make this a very easy fight for Froch if he’s unwilling or unable to let his punches go with any regularity.

The fight isn’t going to be in Germany, so Abraham isn’t going to be given rounds just for throwing a late flurry in the last seconds of the round. And Froch won’t be landing only jabs like Andre Dirrell and Jermain Taylor were doing against Abraham.

Froch will be putting his punches together and landing bombs. It’s going to be very easy for the judges to see who’s winning the rounds, especially if all Abraham is doing is throwing ineffective flurries at the end of the round.

Abraham says he’s going to fight differently against Froch and throw more punches, because he doesn’t want to end up losing another fight due to giving rounds away. Abraham lost to Dirrell simply because he let Dirrell do all the punching until the last seconds of the round.

When Abraham would try to steal the round, Dirrell would make him miss by dodging his flurries. Unless Abraham fights a lot differently this time around, Froch will have landed a massive amount of power shots while Abraham just covers up.

Abraham isn’t going to be able to steal rounds. He’s going to have to earn them by working hard for the full three minutes, and I don’t think he can do that. He’s too economical now that he’s starting to age.

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