Is it Froch’s time to shine? Prediction
By Jay Ross: Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime: Well for us fight fans in the UK, its that time again when one of our homegrown boys puts his world title on the line, when WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch takes on Jamaican Glen Johnson!
On paper, the champion Carl Froch is the favourite to win the fight in Atlantic City, but as us fight fans know, these fights aren’t always won by the favourite. Froch is an all action fighter, would it be wrong to say he’s your typical British fighter? He is always ready for a dust up and would rather have a fight like that than play the technical game. All you have to do is look back in history to see that we have produced a lot of fighters like that in recent years, the main one obviously being Ricky Hatton. My worry for Froch, is the same one I had with Hatton. You can get away with ‘scrapping’ until you get to world level as the Hitman showed mainly in his fight with Mayweather. Saying that, I personally feel Froch is a better fighter than Hatton, but that’s one for you guys to argue about!
We have also seen many different sides to Carl Froch. He got some good wins against Pascal, Direll & Abraham, but then showed his weaknesses against Kesler, who went onto beat him. The fight I think that most showed Froch’s Jeykll & Hyde side was the Jermaine Taylor fight. For 11 rounds he looked poor, Taylor was easily winning and fighting well, not in every round, but he was ahead. Then the other side of Froch came out in the twelfth when he stopped Taylor with a round of power, speed, determination and heart. Maybe that’s why people are starting to like Froch?
So what about Glen Johnson? Too many people who aren’t big boxing fans when they’ve heard Froch was fighting Glen Johnson there response has been ‘What’s the Liverpool right back doing fighting?’. If only it was that simple! Johnson is a veteran of the ring, who even though he is 42, has never had to change his fight style that much as hes got older. In his younger days, he never possesses great speed but has always been a dangerous fighter. If you look at his record its not actually that great 67 fights with 51 wins, that isn’t a great record for a fighter getting a world title shot! Also when you look at Johnson’s record, its very inconsistent. In his last 5 fights he has won-lost-won-lost-won. But there will be guys sat reading this saying ‘That record counts for nothing when they step between the ropes!’.
So what can we expect tomorrow?
I honestly expect Johnson to give Froch quite a few problems early on. I don’t think Froch has underestimated Johnson by any means, but my only fear for Froch is that he’s not looking ahead to the Ward fight. But we could say the same for both fighters. I personally feel that both trainers will have tried to make their fighters forget about the Super Six tournament. Although the concept for the fans is a great idea, because we get to see all the fights that we possibly wouldn’t, for fighters it gives them the opportunity to overlook fights and get complacent.
I got asked a very good question about this fight earlier by someone, which I will expand on. ”How will Froch’s comeback against Jermaine Taylor in the 12th play on both fighters mind?’
I thought about this for a while and too be honest, I think it wont have a negative effect on either fighter. Froch, it will give him that belief that even if he is down on points going into the final round he has the heart and power to stop the fight, but I also don’t think it would effect Johnson. If Johnson was a rookie in the game I think it could possibly playing on his mind, but as we’ve stated he’s had 67 fights and Froch isn’t the first guy he’s been in with who has the heart and desire to win fights like that.
I’ve really tried to talk about this fight as a neutral, but it obviously is hard to (Although I haven’t been as one sided as certain ‘writers’ on here that have no idea)…so nows the time for my prediction, this is the first time I’ve written about a prediction so Ill look forward to the bias comments!
But Im gonna stick with the Cobra, Carl Froch to win. I think Johnson is going to cause him quite a few more problems than many are expecting, especially early doors. But I just think Frochs quality will shine through. As i’ve stated again, he’s not the best technical fighter in the world, but he is actually quite an underrated fighter in my opinion and with it being his first big fight on Sky, id expect him to come out and put a show on. I’m not going to go as far as saying he will stop Johnson, but I see him winning and setting up a fight with Ward for the WBA Super Middleweight title.
As always guys, thanks for reading, tried not too be too bias, but its not that easy!
Feedback always appreciated!
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