Andre Ward Is An Amazing Fighter
- December 18th, 2011
By Scoop Malinowski
I was amazed at Andre Ward’s dominant performance against Carl Froch in the final of the Showtime Super Six tournament in Atlantic City. Ward has so many different styles, it’s hard to count.
Against Froch he exhibited so many dimensions. He boxes, he slugs, he counter punches. He attacks with one shot, he attacks with two shots, he attacks with a three punch combination and then leaps back. You never know what is coming next. He leads with the hook, he leads with the right. He leads with a heavy, jarring jab. He throws straight punches, then sometimes he throws them wide. Sometimes he throws textbook strikes, sometimes he throws unorthodox awkward shots.
Ward is comfortable in any part of the ring too, he boxed well at range and also when he wanted to bull and wrestle, he was able to dictate Froch to the ropes and work him inside.
It was a never-ending puzzle for poor Froch, who is a superb fighter himself, though you would barely know it from how he performed last night. But he never had even a remote chance to beat Ward. If they fought ten times Ward would win all ten, and easily too.
Just when Froch started to seem to have some success vs. Ward in the later rounds, when he landed a couple of shots, Ward suddenly changed it up and utilized his southpaw stance, which once again befuddled Froch.
The word is that Ward’s only weakness is that he supposedly doesn’t have enough heft in his punch – as stated by former victim Arthur Abraham – but I don’t buy that. Ward nailed Froch with several clean hits and several times during the fight and between rounds, there was a look of confusion in Froch’s demeanor, and a hopelessness about his spirit, like saying, What the hell did I just get hit with? I’ve never seen such a complicated and complex warrior as this phenomenal Ward chap.
Ward is one of the most complete fighters in the game today. You can see flashes of so many different great champions in his arsenal, throughout the 12 rounds I thought I saw glimpses of Roy Jones, Bernard Hopkins, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Aaron Pryor, Nonito Donaire, and Sergio Martinez.
And not once in during the 12 rounds vs. Carl “The Cobra” Froch, did Ward show even a hint of vulnerability or weakness. This is an extraordinary athlete and champion we are talking about, a very, very special gladiator. Full credit to Ward and his trainer Virgil Hunter for this remarkable performance. Come to think of it, Ward completely dominated everybody in the tournament. Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch were all considered pound-for-pound top fighters. Now Ward must be seriously considered as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters, if not THE VERY BEST. Something tells me we haven’t even seen the best of Andre Ward yet.
And on top of it all, the 27-year-old Ward is a classy, quality, grounded human being, as articulated by this quote: “I want to continue to be Blessed, I have to stay humble.”
We’ve seen a lot of marvelous fighters in the history of this amazing sport and after watching Andre Ward dominate and win the Super Six tournament, I believe we just saw a new all-time legend in the making.
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