Will Froch accept the decision if/when he loses to Ward on Saturday?
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch has taken issue with the scoring in two out of his last four fights in the Super Six tournament, and still refuses to acknowledge that he deserved to lose a 12 round unanimous decision to Mikkel Kessler last year in April 2010 in a fight that took place in Herning, Denmark.
To this day, Froch maintains that he would have won the fight had it taken place in his home city of Nottingham, England. Sadly, Froch may be correct about that belief but that’s nothing to really shout about, because Froch won a really controversial 12 round decision over Andre Dirrell in Nottingham two years ago.
On Saturday night Froch faces WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the Super Six finals at Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight officials will be as follows: John Keane from England, John Stewart from the United States and Craig Metcalfe from Canada. There isn’t going to be more than one American, so if Froch has issues with the scoring, it’s going to be tough to claim bias because each judge is from a different part of the world.
The referee is Steve Smoger, an American noted for letting fights go to their conclusion without interrupting the action. Smoger rarely penalizes fighters and almost never gets in the way of action. Froch shouldn’t have any issues with this guy or the judges working the fight.
However, the past can give you a pretty good glimpse of the future. Froch has a habit of not accepting the scores of judges and I expect that to continue on Saturday when he loses to Ward. I think even if the fight is completely one-sided and Froch appears to be completely schooled by Ward, Froch will have problems with the scoring and will feel he should have won it. I just hope Froch doesn’t come with the tired old line that he would have won the fight had it taken place in Nottingham. He’d be right, of course. Short of a knockout loss, I think Froch wins against anybody in Nottingham if it goes to a decision. Thank god the fight isn’t Nottingham.