Froch: Johnson is as old as my trainer
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KO’s) has really struggled in the majority of his Super Six tournament fights, winning two of them but looking terrible in two of the three fights. On June 4th, he faces pressure fighter Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KO’s) in a semifinal match-up to determine who will be the fighter that goes up against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the finals of the Super Six tourney.
However, Froch, 33, may be overlooking the 42-year-old Johnson because he’s been talking a lot about Ward and mentioning the age of Johnson, as if his advanced age equates to a win for Froch.
In an article at boxrec.com, Froch said “Let’s be honest, he’s 42; he’s as old as my trainer and I know I wouldn’t want to be fighting now. I know that because he tells me.”
If that doesn’t sound like Froch is already counting the Johnson fight as a win on his resume than I don’t what does. Froch may be in for a big surprise against Johnson, because 42 for some fighters is like the early 30s for others. Johnson is a lot like Bernard Hopkins with the way that he’s aged slowly and looks and fights like a guy at least 10 years younger. If Froch is focused on Johnson’s age come fight time on June 4th, Froch could be in for a big shock when takes a beating from him. Johnson does well against plodders like Froch, and only really struggles against guys with good boxing skills like Chad Dawson. Froch is nothing like Dawson, believe me. He’s much slower and is someone that will be there for Johnson to hit all night.
Froch also had some interesting things to say about Ward, saying “I’d rather have had Ward’s run. He boxed [Mikkel] Kessler when he was out of the ring for ten months and had one comeback fight which was like a sparring session. Kessler had to travel over there [Oakland, California] with his belt and fight Ward in his back yard and he [Ward] got away with murder. He head butted him and cut him up and Kessler was never able to get going.”
For anyone that saw the Ward-Kessler fight, Ward dominated the fight long before there were any head butts. I’m surprised that Froch doesn’t mention this. It wasn’t the crowd that had Ward dominating that fight. He was picking Kessler apart with right hands and hard jabs from the moment the fight started. There were an occasional head butt that occurred as the fight wore on but that was long after Ward had established himself as the better fighter. It wasn’t rust that beat Kessler; it was Ward’s speed and youth.