Froch’s three-fight plan is doomed for failure
By Scott Gilfoid: Normally fighters don’t plan their fights well ahead of schedule because there’s too many chances of something going wrong, which is why am more than a little amused with hearing IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch talking about his three-fight plan for next year.
After Froch’s fight this month against Yusaf Mack on November 24th, Froch plans on fighting the following guys in 2013: Lucian Bute, Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward. It’s thought that Froch will then retire from boxing and wrap up his 11-year pro career at that time. The problem with Froch setting up his itinerary for all to see is it’s so improbable.
It’s like Froch talking about climbing K2 in the middle of a snowstorm during the winter. It’s just so improbable that Froch will be able to make it through even two of his three-fight plan without suffering a loss, and that in turn would cancel out the remaining fight of the plan. I can see Froch even losing to Lucian Bute next March in the first fight of Froch’s grand three-fight vision.
I mean, Bute will be fighting at home and he’s going to be on his toes looking to move the entire fight. Bute will be fighting in front of a packed house of 16,000 Canadians at the Bell Centre in Montreal. If you don’t think that will have Bute fighting at a high level then you’ve never seen him fight there. Froch will be in against a much different fighter than he defeated last May in his own hometown of Nottingham, England.
Bute is going to put a serious hurting on Froch in Montreal. But for the sake of argument, let’s pretend that Froch does beat Bute again. Froch will still have his three fight plan cut short in his next fight against Kessler, because he’s already been beaten by Kessler once before and I can see him losing a second time. The rematch will take place in Denmark where Kessler fights really well in front of his home fans.
I can’t see Froch winning that fight. But if he does, what’s left of Froch will be easy pickings for the talented WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward to finish off his boxing career by totally dominating him in the United States. Ward easily beat Froch last year in December in the Super Six finals, and I see it being much easier for Ward in a rematch, especially with Froch having fought two tough fights against Bute and Kessler previous to meeting Ward.
Froch will essentially be still licking his wounds from those two fights as he limps into Oakland, California to fight Ward in front of 10,000 pro-Ward fans. Froch won’t have a chance, believe me. I know Froch has been yapping about he can beat Ward if he fights as well as he did in defeating Bute last May, but that’s not going to happen.
You could have inserted Ward in place of Bute last May and Froch would have been whipped just the same as he was last December, only it would be in front of his own fans this time. Ward is simply a superior fighter and he’s going to ruin Froch’s dream of sweeping those last three fights and possibly going into retirement in a blaze of glory. Froch may go into retirement, but it won’t be off of a victory over Ward. Ward’s boxing skills are just too damn good for the likes of Froch.