Undefeated Ward dominates Froch to win
ATLANTIC CITY Andre Ward couldn’t knock out Carl Froch.
That was about the only thing Ward wasn’t able to do against the brave British brawler on Saturday night.
The undefeated Ward mostly dominated Froch en route to winning a unanimous decision before a sparse crowd at Boardwalk Hall. Judges John Keane (118 110), Craig Metcalfe (115 113) and John Stewart (115 113) all scored the 12 round fight for Ward.
Ward, of Hayward, Calif., improved to 25 0, defended his WBA super middleweight title and took Froch’s WBC championship. The favored Ward also won Showtime’s "Super Six World Boxing Classic," a double elimination, 168 pound tournament that began in October 2009.
"I told you that this was what we wanted to do," Ward said. "We wanted to fight on the inside and we wanted to fight on the outside, and we pulled it off [Saturday night]. We were able to beat him to the punch, and that’s what won us the fight."
Froch, of Nottingham, England, fell to 28 2.
Ward controlled Froch from the opening bell, using a stiff jab, hard left hooks and straight right hands in what at times was an entertaining action fight. The technically superior Ward was regularly able to exploit the defensive deficiencies of Froch, who fights with his left hand low and rarely moves his head.
"It was a bad night for me, obviously," Froch said. "I couldn’t get anything going, and that’s obviously due to Andre Ward. He’s very slick, slippery and tricky in close. I wanted to put shots together, but he ducks and he slips and he slides. He’s very good at that.
"I never found myself in the zone. He was either too close, smothering me, or too far out of range. He won the fight fair and square."
Froch landed a good left hook with less than a minute to go in the sixth round, but Ward responded by landing two flush left hooks of his own before the round ended to let Froch know he wasn’t bothered by his hardest punch of the fight.
Froch, who has been down just once in his nine year career, repeatedly displayed a granite chin.
He had difficulty all night, however, contending with Ward’s hand speed and movement. The defensively effective Ward often avoided Froch’s wild swings from awkward angles, too.
The Froch Ward fight was originally scheduled for Oct. 29 at Boardwalk Hall, but it was postponed seven weeks when Ward sustained a cut over his right eye during a sparring session Sept. 22.
Ward, 27, earned $900,000 for the fight. Froch, 34, was paid $600,000, plus a portion of British television revenue.
Ward extended a remarkable run that began after he last lost as a 12 year old amateur in 1996. Ward went 4 0 in the "Super Six," including a tournament opening victory over Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler (44 2, 33 KOs) in November 2009, a fight that resulted in an 11 round technical decision when Kessler couldn’t continue due to four cuts around his eyes.
The 2004 Olympic gold medalist also out pointed Allan Green (31 3, 21 KOs) and Arthur Abraham (32 3, 26 KOs) in 12 round "Super Six" fights. Kessler and Abraham were considered the favorites entering the "Super Six," but beating both of them helped establish Ward as about a 3 1 favorite entering the Froch fight.
Froch finished the "Super Six" with a 3 2 record. He also lost a close 12 round unanimous decision to Kessler in April 2010.
Froch’s "Super Six" wins came against Andre Dirrell (19 1, 13 KOs), by split decision, Abraham, by unanimous decision, and Glen Johnson (51 16 2, 35 KOs), by majority decision.
Froch also stopped former
replica ray ban sunglasses undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28 4 1, 17 KOs) in the 12th round and beat ex light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal (26 2 1, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision in his two bouts before the "Super Six" began.
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