Blogs & Opinion


Boardwalk beckoning

Boardwalk bout has all the makings of a classic, says ex-champ

Glenn McCrory Posted 13th December 2011 view comments

The Super Six reaches a climax in the early hours of Sunday as the top two super-middleweights in the world, Britain's Carl Froch and America's Andre Ward, put their belts on the line at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City - and it's a fight worth staying up for.

Ward is very, very good. I spent a week over there in the King's Gym in Oakland. I took my boxing team there last January and he was great - in the gym every day, training really hard. It's a really rough area where that gym is - Oakland's a tough, tough place.

Froch v Ward: 'Mouth-watering'

Froch v Ward: 'Mouth-watering'

He's a really nice, down-to-earth kid. He's a respectful guy but he can fight. He's undefeated since he was 12 and he's got a fantastic record. He should be a bigger star than he is in America because he's an Olympic gold medallist and a world champion, but he's quite unassuming and he's not brash. He's a family man and religious and maybe that holds him back in terms of exposure, but his talents are there.

I thought Khan v Peterson was excellent action but I think Froch v Ward is going to a classic. It's absolutely mouth-watering. If Froch can win, it is such a massive victory for Britain.

Glenn McCrory
Quotes of the week

LIVE INTERNATIONAL FIGHT NIGHT Carl Froch v Andre Ward

12am, Sun, Sky Sports HD1
Click here to remote record

His Olympic gold was at light-heavyweight so he's a big guy. Having said that, he makes super-middleweight well and he's big and strong. I saw him against Mikkel Kessler and he boxed in and out, then I saw him against Allan Green, who's supposed to be a bit of a tough guy, and Ward just pushed him against the ropes and bullied him. He is capable of employing both styles equally well. That's the mark of a good fighter.

Style

I think against Carl Froch, he'll fight more like he did against Kessler - at least early on. If he went out to have a row with Froch, I think he'd be playing into his hands slightly. If anyone can beat him it's Froch, because he's got great self-belief, is a tough kid with a great jaw and punches hard. The only problem is Froch is a bit unorthodox - his hands are quite low and he gets square on. As a result, he gets hit quite a lot but like I said, he's tough.

The form goes in favour of Ward but if anyone can do this then it's Froch. Never underestimate his power - he really hits hard. I can see exactly what Froch is trying to do in the pre-fight hype, really getting in Ward's face, being bullish and threatening to knock him out. He wants Ward to come out and have a fight with him. The problem is even if Ward does come out and have a fight with him and Froch goes in there thinking he's the tough guy, he needs to have a look at what it's like in Oakland...

I think these two are rightfully in the final. Froch has got the one defeat against Kessler but his preparations were wrong. I think he's a better fighter than Kessler and these are the best two super-middleweights in the world. It's a great clash of styles and a great clash of temperaments. I think it's going to be a super, super fight for us to end the year with.

Finale

I thought Khan v Peterson was excellent action but I think Froch v Ward is going to a classic. It's absolutely mouth-watering. If Froch can win, it is such a massive victory for Britain. This is to decide who is the super-middleweight in the world - end of story.

In terms of what the winner of this fight will do, Ward would take IBF champion Lucien Bute but he would only take him in USA. Kessler got badly beaten by Ward but if Froch won then there's a score to settle there. Having said all that, at the end of the day the winner of the day can confidently claim to be the best in the world - AND they'll be up there in the pound-for-pound ranks too.

If Froch wins, it's one of the best British wins we've ever had abroad. It will be there with Lloyd Honeghan beating Don Curry and all the rest. For Ward, victory for him would finally see him become the American superstar he has deserved to be for quite some time.

I just think Ward is a bit too special. You've got to be if you're going to call yourself 'Son of God', which I believe is his nickname. It's going to be close, and of any fight this year, THIS is the one I'd stay up for without question.

Glenn's prediction:WARD ON POINTS.

Comments (2)

  • Page 1 of 1
  • 1

Steve Patrick says...

Oakland isn't as tough as it used to be and ward ain't all that - he hasnt got the style or the personality to become a boxing megastar but still unfortunately think he'll have enough to beat froch on points

Posted 23:24 13th December 2011

Liam Bolton says...

I have to agree Glenn. I cannot wait and have looked forward to this for months and it amazes me all of my 'boxing mates' seem to be giving it a miss. It hasn't really got that superstar appeal just yet but its going to be epic. Like yourself, i think Ward is just that much better than Froch unfortunately. Having said that, i love Ward and have followed his career since near the start so i'm actually not too fussed who wins. Both fighters will suffer from the 'Calzaghe factor' in that division though because its not one of the marquee divisions and a very hard division to become a superstar in and its an awkward one. You cannot really cut weight and make Middleweight and they are all abit too small to make Light Heavyweight. However, all you can do is beat the people in front of you and beat everyone in your division at the end of the day and i think Ward is going to do that for a while to come. Don't quite know where both fighters will go after this though. Hopefully a rematch if it turns out to be as good as it could!

Posted 13:47 13th December 2011

  • Page 1 of 1
  • 1

back to top

Other Boxing Blogs:

Latest Posts in Boxing:

Johnny Nelson

The best of friends

It will be tough but Johnny Nelson expects mates Anthony Crolla and John Murray to serve up a classic....

Glenn McCrory

Manny happy returns

Manny Pacquiao is back to his best and could yet get it on with Floyd Mayweather, says Glenn McCrory....

Johnny Nelson

Delighted for DeGale

James DeGale's Matchroom switch is the perfect move to get him back in the mix, says Johnny Nelson....

Latest News RSS feeds

Klitschko in no rush to quit

Wladimir Klitschko plans to stretch his boxing career for another decade in his bid to break the record of Joe Louis.

Quigg seeks unification fights

Scott Quigg believes he is ready for a world title unification fight after his destructive win over Tshifhiwa Munyai.

Crolla wins bloody battle

Anthony Crolla won the battle of Manchester with a stunning 10th round stoppage victory over John Murray.

Hall agrees to face Butler

Stuart Hall will make the next defence of his IBF bantamweight title against Ellesmere Port banger Paul Butler.

Quigg demolishes Munyai

Scott Quigg defended his WBA super-bantamweight title with a brutal second-round stoppage victory over Tshifhiwa Munyai.

Features

Fight Night - Live!

Fight Night - Live!

Re-live a great night in Manchester as Scott Quigg won in style and Anthony Crolla beat John Murray.

Ringside Toe 2 Toe

Ringside Toe 2 Toe

We catch up with Scott Quigg, James DeGale and battling buddies Anthony Crolla and John Murray.

World P4P rankings

World P4P rankings

We assess the current state of world boxing and pick our 10 best fighters on the international scene.