Nigel Benn picks Ward to beat Froch
By Scott Gilfoid: Former boxing star from the 80s/90s Nigel Benn is picking American WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward to do a number on WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch and walk off with the Super Six tournament trophy. This has got to hurt Froch, because Benn is British like him and it doesn’t look good to him Benn siding for the American.
But you can hardly blame Benn for picking Ward, because the American’s talent is clearly a level above Froch’s and you have to go with the smart pick.
Benn said to the BBC Sport “I fancy Ward to win it. He’s very slippery, a very good fighter. Don’t get me wrong, Carl’s a good fighter, a strong guy, and it will be a close fight, but Ward will edge it.”
You got to like Benn’s honesty. A lot of ex-fighters would have lied and gone with Froch, but not Benn. He’ll tell you the straight scoop every time.
Froch really has his hands full with Ward. Froch doesn’t defend well and has problems with fighters with fast hands. We saw Froch take terrible punishment against Jermain Taylor and Jean Pascal, before those fighters both faded. They didn’t fade because of Froch, but rather because they both are noted for having questionable stamina. Ward is every bit as fast as those two guys, but his stamina is so much better.
Ward will not only dominate Froch in the early part of the fight but continue to dominate into the second half to win what will likely be a lopsided 12 round decision. Don’t rule out a disqualification win for Ward if Froch goes wild and starts fouling when he falls way behind in the fight. We saw some of that from Froch in his fight against Andre Dirrell in 2009. Froch fell behind early in the fight, and seemed to get angry and that’s when the fouling started from Froch.