Ward will avenge Dirrell’s loss to Froch by whipping him on 12/17
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward is set to even the score against WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch on December 17th in the final bout of the Super Six tournament. This is the fight that boxing fans have been literally drooling over for months now and Ward is set to capture the Super Six trophy and bring it back to his home city of Oakland, California.
But in whipping Froch in the finals, Ward will be avenging the earlier loss of his fellow American the talented Andre Dirrell (19-1, 13 KO’s), who many intelligent boxing fans feel deserved to get the win in his fight with Froch in October 2009 in Nottingham, England. The fight was dominated by Dirrell, who used skills that are almost unrivaled nowadays. It was as if Dirrell was untouchable with the way he made Froch whiff with his punches all night long. Finally, Froch resorted to fouling in the 5th and got away with it for five consecutive rounds until he finally started fighting cleanly after Dirrell badly hurt him twice in the 10th.
Ward is going to avenge that loss and win in an impressive fashion. I mean I don’t expect Ward to do as well as Dirrell did, because Dirrell is a special talent and he’s made for guys like Froch. But I think Ward will do well enough to win a lopsided decision and win almost every round of the fight. Ward doesn’t have Dirrell’s power, hand speed or defensive ability, but he’s good in a different way. Ward has got great inside fighting ability, which will come in handy when/if Froch starts with the fouling on the inside. Ward will teach him a lesson if Froch starts getting rough in close.
Ward is a lot better inside fighter than either Froch or Dirrell. Ward also has a great lead right hand that he likes to throw as well as a powerful jab. His jab out of this world and unstoppable. It’s like a power punch. And that lead right hand is so quick that his opponents can’t react quickly enough to prevent it from landing. Froch is going to really struggle in this fight and will be shifting gears from 1st to 2n, to third trying to find a way to beat Ward. Froch will quickly find out he can’t beat him. There’s nothing in his limited toolkit that will enable Froch to beat Ward on December 17th, and he’ll have to go home a beaten fighter to lick his wounds.
I hope Dirrell shows up at the fight and sits and ringside because it will make for great television to see his face when Ward gets the win. I’m hoping they can get Dirrell in the ring to congratulate for getting the win that was taken from him in his fight against Froch.
I think Froch is still bothered by the Dirrell fight because you can see anger on his face when Dirrell’s name is mentioned. Froch knows what the boxing public feels about his controversial decision and it probably eats him up inside.