Froch vs. Ward: Carl still thinks he’s going to KO Andre
By Scott Gilfoid: Photo: Casino/Showtime – Despite the evidence showing that his power is overrated against the cream of the crop at super middleweight, WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KO’s) is still insisting that he’s going to knockout WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KO’s) in their Super Six finals on October 29th. Poor, poor Froch. He really sounds deluded.
I’m sure Froch would like nothing better than to get a lucky KO of Ward, and all of his prayers would be answered. Froch wouldn’t have to deal with Ward’s superior talent, inside fighting ability and overall boxing skills.
The thing of is is Froch can’t get a knockout against Ward because his power isn’t good enough. I know Froch likes to talk about landing a hard punch on Ward’s mandible and bla-bla-bla, but that’s not going to do anything to Ward.
Froch can land all he wants, when you throw shots as slow as molasses and don’t have much power, you’re not going to get a knockout. Ward can see Froch’s slow shots coming a mile away and there’s not going to be any mystery for him. Sometimes fighters that lack punching power can score knockouts by having fast hands and landing shots that their opponent never seems coming.
Froch doesn’t have speed, so that avenue for a KO is completely nonexistent. And when Froch fights fast guys he tends to throw more arm punches in order to keep from getting tagged while throwing one of his painfully slow power shots. You practically need an hour glass to time how long it takes Froch’s power shots to get to the target.
That’s why he’s not going to be even attempting to throw many of them because of Ward’s much quicker hands and reflexes. Froch will fight a lot like Vitali Klitschko and just stand like a praying mantis looking to club Ward if the opportunity presents itself. I see Froch hitting a lot of air and getting his face turned black and blue by Ward’s fast shots. On the inside, Froch will be like a rookie, getting pummeled and helpless to do anything about it. I hate to say it but this fight is a terrible mismatch.
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