Johnson: I’m going to take advantage of Froch’s low guard and stop him
By Scott Gilfoid: Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime – 42-year-old warrior Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KO’s) plans on taking advantage of WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s had habit of keeping his guard low when fighting. On Saturday night, the two sluggers square off in the Super Six semifinals bout to pick a winner to meet the talented WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the finals of the Super Six tourney.
For Froch and Johnson, this is a make or break fight. The winner goes on to the huge finals of the tourney where they will be showered with glory for just having made it that fight. The loser limps home and will have to lick his wounds and figure out what to do next with his career. Thus far, Froch is the favorite to win tomorrow night, but of course that means absolutely nothing because Johnson has been an underdog for much of his career and he’s often found a way to prove boxing experts wrong by knockout out the favorite.
Speaking with eastsideboxing.com’s On The Ropes Boxing Radio program, Johnson said “If Froch has got his hands lower than they should be I’m going to capitalize on it…I certainly think I will stop Carl Froch right around the 8th round or so.”
I agree with Johnson. Froch is probably going to have his guard lowered to around his ankles tomorrow night, leaving his exposed lantern jaw just begging to be hit with a peach of an uppercut. Froch’s head movement is slow to say the least. He does a bit of leaning and that’s about it. The head doesn’t really move, just the torso and he’s slow and mechanical looking when he does move. Since Froch’s inside fighting ability is pretty much limited to holding and hitting, Johnson is going to really have it when he gets Froch in close. As long as the referee is on his job and isn’t permitting an anything goes type of fight, Froch will be getting hammered while in close. I expect Froch to be penalized if he gets a little rambunctious in close to try and pay Johnson back. Froch will have to try and keep it as an outside war, because he can’t fight Johnson at close quarters because he lacks the needed tools.
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