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Andre Ward: Abraham Will Just Look For One Big Shot

By Robert Morales

WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) appears to be the favorite to win Showtime's Super Six tounament. Aside from his victory over Mikkel Kessler in the first stage of the Super Six, he easily defeated Allan Green over 12 rounds and he took a win by forfeit when Andre Dirrell had to pull out with an injury. Later tonight he squares off with Arthur Abraham in the tournament semifinals at Home Depot Center.

In Abraham, Ward is taking on a hard-hitter who was thoroughly out-boxed by Carl Froch, losing by 10, 12 and 12 points last November. This does not bode well for Abraham because Ward is a clever fighter who can make opponents look bad. But Abraham is confident he has figured out how to go about dealing with someone more technically sound than himself.

With a knockout percentage of 76.4 percent compared to Ward's 56.5, Abraham would appear to have a clear advantage in the power department. But most of Abraham's work has been at middleweight. This will be only his fifth fight at super middleweight since moving up in October 2009. He is 2-2 at this weight, with two knockouts.

"The problems he represents remains to be seen, but his strengths are he believes in his punching power," Ward said. "They call him a puncher, they say that he hits hard and that he is physically very strong. But I believe that my physical strength is right up there with the best ever and I think he will see and notice that I hit a lot harder than what people perceive me to be.

"With that being said, it's going to be the same Arthur Abraham, in terms of stylistically. He's going to cover up and maybe open up a little bit earlier, but he is going to look for that one big shot. That's what he does."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-14-2011

[QUOTE=ChopperRead;10538506]I just can't cheer for someone who calls himself "Son of God," no matter what his reasoning is.[/QUOTE] You just can't give credit to an American fighter unless he's one of those sucky, old or fatass bums that the Klitschkos…

Comment by WESS on 05-14-2011

Johnson schools froch.

Comment by WESS on 05-14-2011

Ward will destroy AA.

Comment by the mesiah on 05-14-2011

ward's ring generalship and just plain smarts won't let AA catch him.whether people want to call his style "dirty" or his tactics dirty , ward in a wide UD.

Comment by ChopperRead on 05-14-2011

[QUOTE=King Jaffe Joffer;10538020]When has Ward ever had stamina issues.. AA was out boxed by Dirrell and Froch of all people.. Ward should be a HEAVY favorite.. But this is boxing and anything can happen, AA does have a punchers chance..…

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