Ward-Froch: Look For The Better Technician To Win A Non-Controversial Decision...LOTIERZO

BY Frank Lotierzo ON December 14, 2011
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07 Press ConferenceWell, after postponements, injuries and fighter replacements, Showtime's Super Six tournament is about to culminate this weekend. The final bout will feature a matchup between American Andre Ward 24-0 (13) and England's Carl Froch 28-1 (20) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The winner will be recognized as the baddest Super middleweight in the world, at least according to the WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine. That said, a fight between the Ward-Froch winner and Lucian Bute 30-0 (24) of Canada would even be a bigger draw among boxing fans and observers. 

For the record, I didn't really care for the point system and format of the Super Six tournament from the beginning. It's taken over two years to complete and there's been too many substitutions and filler bouts along the way. I would've preferred a single elimination format like the one set up by the WBA in 1967 to find Muhammad Ali's successor after he was stripped of his undisputed heavyweight title for refusing to be inducted into the US Army. Although I applaud the effort and despite not being crazy about the format, the intentions were refreshing and ending up with a true champion in any division serves the sport of professional boxing well.

The pairing of Ward and Froch is very compelling and some even predicted before the beginning of the Super Six that they'd eventually meet in the final.

In Andre Ward, age 27, you have a fighter who has to be one of the most improved boxers that we've seen in the past couple years. He's very hard to catch with a solid shot and is equally effective moving to or away from his opponent while putting punches together. Andre is very disciplined and technically sound and everything works off of his left hand. He takes whatever his opponent gives him and checks his ego in his dressing room before he enters the ring.

Ward doesn't do any one thing particularly great, but he does everything well and sees everything coming at him. He's not the type of fighter who will be outdone or outfought by an opponent who is predictable and unimaginative. Show him a steady diet of the same thing and he'll neutralize it and shut it down. When all is said and done, he's clearly a better fighter than Froch. Most likely he'll wait to see if Froch wants to push things from the onset of the fight. If Carl leads, Ward will counter-punch and move out and then counter. 

Froch, age 34, relies almost entirely on toughness and physical strength. He punches from weird angles and isn't very imaginative offensively. He's a big and strong super-middleweight. He's shown that if he's facing an aggressive opponent, he has the legs to circle and pot-shot them on the way in. However, if he gets nailed good, he'll gladly stand his ground and trade due to his confidence and toughness. Froch often keeps his left low, but he's not easy to hit and basically uses that as a ploy in trying to lure his opponent into initiating the exchange.

He might try to bait Ward into pressing the fight, then catch him with wild shots but I'm guessing that won't be his approach. My guess is that he'll try to force the fight, then use his strength and unorthodoxy to throw Ward off his game to make him a less measured fighter.

Ward-Froch should be a tactical battle. Ward has shown that he can handle tough guys who can hit, and Froch barely handled Andre Dirrell's athleticism and speed in Nottingham, which doesn't bode well for him facing a better fighter on neutral soil. Ward isn't as fast as Dirrell, but he's a better and stronger fighter with a sturdy constitution. Froch will no doubt have a few moments because he'll somewhere along the line try and rough Ward up and even make it ugly. His size and underrated strength will afford him that luxury.

However, it won't work. Ward is the better and more complete fighter. Andre is a little too shrewd and calculating to be upended by a tough and strong, but vanilla fighter like Froch. When it's over, Ward will win a non-controversial decision having controlled the tempo and ring geography most of the way.

Frank Lotierzo can be contacted at GlovedFist@Gmail.com

Comment on this article

FighterforJC says:

Ward is genetically superior to Froch but you can't count out Froch.

mortcola says:

And F4AGrip is back! Don't let that last batch of reasonable, well-written opinions fool you - the insane-rhetoric monster is alive and kicking!

Radam G says:

Hehehehehe! I'm luvin' da FJC-mortcola American exchange witty program. You dudes are making da world laugh its arse off. Holla!

BHarper85 says:

Well-written article and pretty on the money from my standpoint. Ward is very versatile and adept at adjusting his style based on his opponent. I definitely give Froch a chance to win. He's tough as nails and definitely won't back down. But I think Ward will effectively use Froch's agression against him with his superior boxing skills. I agree with Lotierzo's prediction. Ward by UD with scores around 116-112, 117-111.

FighterforJC says:

Hehehehehe! I'm luvin' da FJC-mortcola American exchange witty program. You dudes are making da world laugh its arse off. Holla!


If I weren't such a huge fan of the Partridge family I wouldn't be so respectful towards Mortcola.

amayseng says:

Mortcola wins thatbattle 1-0 against f4fagc.

Froch reminds me of a power forward with slow

Footwork and the inability to dribble and create his

own shot, he must rely on banging around for rebounds and

Quick garbage points to score.

Ward is like a point gaurd. Quick. Good handles.

Agile. Can score outside or inside with the ability

to adapt on the fly.

I see ward winning 8 rounds cleanly.

How about that analogy Radam?

FighterforJC says:

Mortcola wins thatbattle 1-0 against f4fagc.

Froch reminds me of a power forward with slow

Footwork and the inability to dribble and create his

own shot, he must rely on banging around for rebounds and

Quick garbage points to score.

Ward is like a point gaurd. Quick. Good handles.

Agile. Can score outside or inside with the ability

to adapt on the fly.

I see ward winning 8 rounds cleanly.

How about that analogy Radam?


LOL. Looking for someone else to win your "battles" for you? I'm 100-0 against you, agayseng. LOL.

gibola says:

Froch really goes for the gusto on Saturday night and lays it all on the line. Ward gets the better of it early on and lands fast, flush shots but Froch hangs tough and hurts Ward at some point in rounds 7-9 and stops Ward in about ten rounds. Let's hope the referee doesn't decide the result and the fighters are allowed to fight. Froch has to stop him to win because any close decision isn't going his way.
Carl Froch - Pascal, Taylor, Dirrell, Kessler, Abraham, Johnson and now Ward. The toughest schedule in boxing, he is the real throwback warrior - whatever happens Saturday night.
Gibola

amayseng says:

"OL. Looking for someone else to win your "battles" for you? I'm 100-0 against you, agayseng. LOL"

fc4 fag...

youve never had a battle against me in anything, if you did you would lose..

your a big mouth on here, but what have you done in real life? nothing im sure. your as far away from an athlete as there is..you can tell by your poor perspective.

i was all state basketball and baseball...

skipped college and played baseball beyond...

achieved records in athletics you couldnt even think of...

i train 3 teenagers, what do you do play fight night?

im 33, and would still put you out of your misery in 25 seconds...

try to leave your daddy issues aside and discuss boxing like a man.

amayseng says:

gibola..........

froch was out boxed by a shot taylor before getting the ko, but out boxed badly nonetheless. dirrel honestly beat him as well, im not a dirrel fan, but dirrel really won that fight.
froch also lost decisively to kessler, who was past his best at that point as well..

johnson is solid and tough but not elite. of course tough competition does prepare you.

what do you think?

DaveB says:

I'll tell you what I think. I think I need to go back and look at some of these fights again. I can't honestly tell you without looking it up who fought who. This dang tournament has gone on a long time. Still I pick Ward but I give props to Froch and all these guys really. This fight makes me a little nervous and that is a good thing. It means there is a little doubt and uneasiness. I like that before I watch a fight.

mortcola says:

Froch has improved as a boxer tremendously - more than I've seen a fighter improve in a relatively short period of time. I think Ward will be too slick for him, but this Froch is not the same fighter who was being outclassed by Taylor.

amayseng says:

i hope not, im looking forward to an extraordinary fight from both guys implementing their strengths...

i think this fight will be so good there will be a rematch.. i would also like to see bute get the winner, he has an athletic and exciting skill set as well.

the Roast says:

This is the last big fight of the year, right? It's got to be good. I hope Froch wins. He will have to go above and beyond to get a UD. I cant see Froch getting the nod, he's gonna have to get two knockdowns at least or maybe get that ref from last week to take two points off for pushing, better yet get Russel Mora to ref and ignore 30 low blows. That would add up to Froch by UD in my book.

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