Froch: The best Ward can do is try to steal a points decision; I can stop him with one punch
By Scott Gilfoid: Carl Froch’s confidence seems to be going off the chart with some of his recent hyperbolic statements about his upcoming October 29th fight against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward. I think confidence is a good thing to have up to a point, but Froch seems too confident for the limited talent that he has. Someone needs to sit Froch down, give him a good cup of coffee and let him watch his past fights one by one to show him how average he is compared to the much more highly skilled Ward.
Froch said this in an article at espn.co.uk: “If there is a knockout in this fight, it will come from me, that’s for sure. I’ve got the ability to hit Andre Ward on the chin with one shot and stretch him out. He hasn’t. The best he can do is try to win a points decision, which is fair enough. He’s got to try and use his abilities to the best he can and try to steal a points verdict off me. I’m in there trying to take him out, simple as that.”
I think Froch is confused. It was he that got a gift decision against the talented Andre Dirrell in 2009. Ward isn’t stealing decisions. He dominates guys and leaves no doubt tat he’s the better fighter. Froch is the one that got a controversial decision over Dirrell, and then lost a narrow decision to Mikkel Kessler. None of Ward’s fights have been even slightly close up to this point.
As for Froch talking about having one-punch power, he’s got to be kidding. Froch hasn’t knocked anyone out in over two years. Froch has fought four times since then and not even come close to knocking anyone out during that time. It’s Froch who was the one that was badly hurt by both Dirrell and Kessler. He doesn’t have knockout power. Froch is an arm puncher and the guys he mainly accumulated all his knockouts against were 2nd and 3rd tier fighters earlier in his career. He’s not knocking anyone out now that he’s fighting first level opposition.
Believe me, Ward won’t be stealing anything on October 29th. He’s going to dominate Froch and make him look like newbie. It’s not going to be competitive. I see this as a step down for Ward from his fight against Sakio Bika in November 2010, and Ward won every round of that fight.