December 18, 2011

Andre Ward defrocks Carl Froch, wins The Super 6!

The Son of God Andre Ward
By Jeffrey Freeman -- In the end it was all Andre Ward as the Son of God soundly defeated Carl "The Cobra" Froch by unanimous decision Saturday night to win the Super 6 World Boxing Classic and unify the WBC & WBA versions of the super middleweight title. The 4-1 favorite Ward looked downright supernatural at times as he skillfully outboxed and out-punched the surprisingly slower-than-slow Carl Froch over twelve exciting rounds in Atlantic City. The left hook was there all night for Ward and he controlled the early part of the fight with it before mixing in his other punches including big right hands that found Froch's chin later in the contest. From the beginning, Froch looked uncharacteristically timid and it was obvious very early on that it would be a long night in the ring for him.

Despite the closer than expected scoring on two of the judge's cards, this was not a close fight in the ring or on paper. KO Digest scored the fight 118-110 in favor of Andre Ward. The three official judges returned scores of 115-113, 115-113, and a more ironically realistic 118-110 from the British judge John Keane.

After easily winning the first five rounds with quick boxing and that great left hook, Ward turned up the heat considerably in the sixth stunning Froch with you guessed it - the left hook. In the eighth round, Froch's frustration began to show as he took a backhand swipe at Andre Ward that fortunately missed. Referee Steve Smoger warned him for it and then continued doing an outstanding job of officiating the match by simply letting the combatants fight. The backhand seemed to irritate Ward though and he drilled Froch with a fierce right hand to the head just moments later.

Froch's frustration continued to show as he hit Ward after the bell to end the eighth round.

Never one to say die, Froch surprisingly had his best round of the fight in the ninth, trading on even terms with Ward to avoid what up until that point had been an apparent shutout. By winning the ninth round, Froch may have convinced Andre Ward that he wouldn't be able to finish him - so from this point on it looked less and less likely that Ward would.

Ward slays The Cobra
The fight slowed in the tenth and then got a little roughhouse in the eleventh but as he was all night - Ward was faster, busier, and more accurate than the Cobra in front of him. In the twelfth, Froch rallied with a nice combination to open the round and he won it on the KO Digest scorecard but by this point it was too little too late.

With the win, Andre Ward stays undefeated, improves to 25-0 w/ 13 KOs, and stakes his claim to the Undisputed Super Middleweight Championship of the World as well as the upper echelon of the current Pound for Pound ratings.

For Carl Froch, it was a disappointing though not entirely unexpected defeat and he falls to 28-2 w/ 20 KOs, defrocked for all the World to see. ~ "Ward is very slippery but that's boxing and he's very good at it."

Indeed, Andre Ward is very good at boxing.

You might even call him supernatural.