Ward wins Super Six Tournament with unanimous decision over Froch
After winning four fights over two years, Andre Ward is the last man standing after winning the Super Six World Boxing Classic Saturday with a unanimous decision over Brit Carl Froch. Ward used his superior speed and movement to frustrate Froch throughout. The judges saw it 118-110, 115-113, 115-113.
The 27-year-old has not lost a fight amateur or pro since he was 14 and improved his record as a professional to 25-0. Ward was a gold medalist for the US in Athens as well.
Ward was lightly regarded in the six-man tournament to veterans like Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, and Froch. Ward dominated the field making Kessler, Abraham, Allan Green, and finally Froch his victims. Froch beat Andre Dirrell, lost the first fight of his career to Kessler, and rebounded with decisions over Abraham and Glen Johnson.
Ward dictated the pace from the outset moving in and out and scoring at will with the left hook. Froch was unable to get much going and unable to land any type of power punching. Ward was able to connect on 42 of his punches with 243 of 573 finding the mark. Froch was busier but could connect on just 23% of his punches landing 165 of his 683 thrown. Froch was unable to solve Ward and threw a full 14 less punches per round than he had in the preliminaries.
Ward has made a strong case as Fighter of the Year and must now be included in the best pound-per-pound discussion. Ward won’t have to look far to find quality opponents in 2012.
First up could be a unification with the also unbeaten (30-0) IBF champion Lucien Bute who chose not to participate in the Super Six. Bute is now in the Showtime stable so Ward vs Bute makes incredible sense and would figure to be one of the top three fights of 2012. The main question would be where the fight would be held. Bute is a Romanian by birth but has adopted Montreal as his new home. Ward has fought primarily in California and Atlantic City. Maybe the Mecca of Madson Square Garden would be the place to get this done.