Lennox Lewis: Froch needs to improve to beat Andre Ward
By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis was pleased with IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s win last night over WBA champ Mikkel Kessler, but Lewis is realistic about Froch’s chances in a rematch against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward.
Lewis feels that unless Froch improves a whole lot over what he showed last night against Kessler, he’ll get taken to school by Ward if he chooses to ever fight the talented American again.
Ward beat Froch with a broken left hand two years ago in a one-sided fight, and he says it’ll be even easier with two healthy hands.
Lewis said to Sky Sports “He [Froch] cannot fight the same way he fought in this fight…Andre Ward is a serious hombre and he’s coming there to fight and he’s looking for that knockout. If he sees a chink in your armor in any way he will seize that opportunity.”
Lewis thinks Froch threw away his technique during parts of his fight with Kessler last night and just looked to slug with him. He sees this as something Froch can’t do in a rematch with Ward because he’d take advantage of Froch’s wildness and wide open defense while he’s trying to slug. You have to remember that Ward’s best moments two years ago in their fight in 2011 came when Froch was trying to slug.
Ward would duck or block Froch’s wild shots and tag him in the head each time. When they got in close, Ward totally dominated Froch to the point where Froch would look over at the referee for help, as if he didn’t realize that inside fighting was part of the sport of boxing.
I don’t blame Froch for not having good inside fighting skills because he comes from the background where most of the fighting is done on the outside, so he never learned how to fight on the inside like Ward.
I honestly don’t think Froch can improve enough to beat Ward. I don’t even think Froch will do as good as he did last time. In a rematch, I see Ward really beating Froch bad to the point where his corner might want to consider stopping the fight.
With two healthy hands, Ward would be a terror to Froch and it wouldn’t matter where the fight was staged. Ward could beat Froch on the moon if they had a way of staging it there. The talent level between them is so far apart that it’s not even funny.
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