Originally Posted by Since 1985
It's a shame it's almost like he's too good for his own good. If Hopkins beats Cloud I wouldn't mind seeing Ward vs Hopkins at LHW. I don't know if/when Dirrell will get back in the ring but he was the fighter who I thougt would trouble Ward the most in the Super Six. It's too bad that that fight never happened. I don't think Dirrell had the mental toughness to beat Ward but I think his movement and overall athleticism would have given Ward a little bit of trouble. I suspect that we'll never know. I wish Ward would have just fought Dawson at 168. I think Ward is capable of moving up to LHW right now.
I've said it before Dirrell has more natural talent than Ward, I mean he's SO fast, great footwork, movement, combinations, in the skill department he's a nightmare for anyone but sadly he's another Zab Judah and lacks mental fortitude.
Froch beath him with mind games, he got in his head and for the first 9 rounds of that fight had Dirrell thinking he was the second coming of Julian Jackson.
By the time Dirrell figured out what Froch was and wasn't it was too late.
A guy that can be hoodwinked that easily will never beat Ward.