by David P. Greisman
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (Ward): ďI know Carl Froch and I know Andre. I think Andre is the best Ď68-pounder in the world. I donít think nobody is going to beat Andre. He has his game plan on. He has great people around him. Andre can do it all. He can box. If itís neccessary, heíll stand there and punch with you, and hit and donít get hit. Heís a great fighter.
ďAnd we havenít seen the greatness yet. Andre is still a baby. I think heíll decision Froch. Both of these guts are rugged type individuals. Carl Froch is a rugged type of fighter. Heís going to bring his A-game and Andre Is going bring his A-game.† I think Andre is going to be too fast for him and out-box him and just beat him to the punch all day.Ē
John Scully (Ward): ďThatís a very tough fight. I like both guys. I think Froch is a very good fighter, but I think that Andre Ward, heís got that something special about him. One thing a lot of people have been saying is he knows how to win. He knows how to dig down, and he can fight, he can bang, he can punch, he can box.
ďI think with his youth and the momentum that he has right now ó being undefeated and coming into his own as a pro, ó Iím going to go with Andre Ward to win a decision in a good fight, probably in a very competitive fight.Ē
Henry Ramirez (Ward): ďIím going with Andre Ward. I like Andre Ward to out-box Froch over 12 rounds, to out-fight him on the inside, use his smarts, his underrated toughness and his craftiness. I think itíll be a hell of a fight, though, because Froch is just a rugged, ballsy-type guy who comes to fight. I think itís going to be a great fight. I just think that Andre Ward, the difference in hand speed, and just all the little things, all the little nuances that Andre Wards does, I think heíll win a decision.Ē
Kevin Cunningham (Ward): ďAndre Ward is probably one of the best fighters in the world right now. I see Andre Ward winning this fight by unanimous decision. He has an excellent knack for adjusting to whatís in front of him. I think heís going to go out and make the necessary adjustments. And once he makes that adjustment, heís going to dominate the fight for 12 rounds and win the unanimous decision.
ďWith that being said, Carl Froch has a herky-jerky style, and heís good at what he does, and he could be tricky. So itís not that itís going to be an easy fight, but I think Andre Ward will make the necessary adjustment and win.Ē
Ronnie Shields (Ward): ďMan, let me tell you something. Iíve been watching Andre Ward for a very, very long time. Iíve watched Carl Froch only a few times. Carl Froch, man, he is a beast. He is a really, really good fighter. But I donít think anybodyís going to beat Andre Ward, man. I think Andre Wardís going to be one of those guys that go undefeated through his whole career. Unless he fights one of my guys. Iím just kidding.
ďI learned a lot when I had Sakio Bika fight him. Andre Ward, heís not the strongest guy in the world and heís not the hardest puncher in the world, but he has skills out of this world.
ďIíve seen him fight guys that were so strong like that kid [Edison] Miranda. When he first fought Miranda, I really thought Miranda was going to beat him, that Miranda might be too strong for him. Because Andre, when he first started as a professional, he was getting dropped a lot. I was saying, if this kid ever hit him, man, itís going to be all over, but he proved to me in that fight, and thatís when I said nobodyís going to beat him.
ďLook, Miranda can punch with both hands, and he beat Miranda like he wasnít even a contender. And when I had Sakio Bika fight him, I thought the fight was a lot closer than what the judges had, but at the same time Sakio hit him with some good shots and he took them shots. I think it all has to do with the weight. At the beginning he was just too light. When they moved him up to 168, I really think that thatís the weight for him. I think heís going to even be a better light heavyweight.
ďIn this fight, I have to go with Andre Ward, because I think he can box, and if he ahs to sit there and go toe to toe with you, you know what, heís not afraid to do it. I just think heís the better fight. I think itís a 12-round decision. I donít think either one of these guys can really hurt the other enough to knock him out. But I really and truly believe that Andre Ward is going to out-point him.Ē
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