Abraham vs. Ward: Andre ready to eliminate Arthur from the Super Six tourney on 5/14
By Scott Gilfoid: On May 14th, boxing fans will likely be seeing the last of former Super Six tournament lead Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KO’s) when he faces the talented WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KO’s) in the semifinals of Showtime’s Super Six tourney at a still to be determined venue inside the United States. The fight won’t likely take place in Ward’s home city of Oakland, California, if that matters to anyone.
It won’t make a bit of difference to Abraham, because he stands no chance in this fight no matter where it takes place. They could fight in Germany or even in England, and Abraham wills still end up getting beaten so soundly that there isn’t a judge that would even consider giving him the win over the American Ward. We’re talking different levels of talent here. Ward is up on a perch a couple rungs above Abraham and looking to be the eventual winner of the Super Six, while Abraham is going to have to settle for getting beaten and hope that he doesn’t lose every round.
The best that Abraham can hope for is that he gives a good account of himself and doesn’t resort to fouling when things get really out of hand as they did when he fought media darling Andre Dirrell last year in March. Abraham was getting spanked in that fight and in the 11th when he let loose with a right hand after Dirrell has slipped and fallen on the canvas. It was the worst possible time to foul someone and it cost Abraham the fight, as he was immediately disqualified. Abraham doesn’t have the work rate to compete with Ward, not the hand speed or the inside fighting ability.
The only thing Abraham can do is try to load up with shots like he did in his fight with Carl Froch and his recent fight against Stjepan Bozic last weekend. Abraham looked terrible in that fight and was getting punches around by Bozic until he hurt his left hand in the 2nd. Had that injury not occurred, Abraham might have had three consecutive losses going into the Ward fight. Two was bad enough, but three would be terrible. I don’t count the Bozic fight as a win for Abraham because of how it ended. If anything, it was more of a no-contest fight without a real victor. Abraham wasted his time in that fight and came out looking even worse than he was going in.