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Ward Outclasses Froch
Cobra beaten in Super Six finale
Posted Dec 19, 2011 by Chris White
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Ward was stronger and more consistent in the fight in Atlantic City, proving to be too quick for his British opponent. The 2004 Olympic champion is now unbeaten in 25 professional fights and could choose to fight Canadian IBF champion Lucian Bute, or a bigger name could be awaiting him at light-heavyweight level in Bernard Hopkins.
Froch struggled to get to grips with his opponent in a cagey opening round of the fight, with Ward landing some sharp jabs, and he began to improve in the second. Froch managed to land several blows to the body in round three as he started to find his feet in the fight, but Ward responded well and began to assert his dominance on the contest.
By the halfway stage in the fight, it was becoming increasingly likely that the only chance Froch had of winning the fight was by knockout. However, while that sounds simple on paper, it was highly unlikely, as Ward continued to outclass his opponent. The Nottingham boxer was becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of punches he could land on his opponent, and although Ward began to tire towards the end of the fight, the damage had been done and the victory almost assured.
The three judges all went in favour of Ward, two scoring it 115-113 to the American, and the other 118-110, as the ‘Son of God’ retained his WBA title and took Froch’s WBC belt.
Despite the relatively easy nature of the fight, Ward admitted that he was surprised by Froch’s speed in the ring. “I was shocked how slow he was,” he said. “We were able to beat him to the punch. You don’t get points for leaving the chin open. You can’t fight like that and expect not to get hit.”
Froch meanwhile said that he just couldn’t get near the American. “He was too slippery, I just couldn’t get anything going. I wanted to put my shots together but he moves low and slips and slides and he’s very clever up close which was very frustrating.”