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 Last update:  12/13/2011       Read more by Keith Idec         
Froch: If Ward Lands Flush, I'll Walk Through It and Smile
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by Keith Idec

NEW YORK Virgil Hunter has repeatedly predicted that the fighter he trains, Andre Ward, will knock out Carl Froch in their highly anticipated super middleweight title fight Saturday night in Atlantic City.

Froch cannot envision losing the fight, much less by knockout. The supremely confident fighter from Nottingham, England, has been knocked down once in 29 professional fights, and he overcame that third-round knockdown to stop Jermain Taylor in the 12th round of their super middleweight title fight in April 2009.

Im going into that [fight] thinking that I can inflict some serious damage on Andre Ward, when I connect, said Froch, whos 28-1 (20 KOs). And Im not worried about getting caught with a shot. If he hits me with a shot flush on the jaw, Im not concerned. Im really not concerned. Ill walk through it, Ill smile at him and Ill keep coming.

If I connect with my shot on his jaw, I think people are going to know the effect. If hes not knocked out on the floor cold, hes gonna be hurt, hes gonna be in serious trouble. Thats the difference, and that could be the deciding factor in the result in this fight.

The undefeated Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) has displayed a reliable chin in fights against such capable punchers as Arthur Abraham, Sakio Bika, Allan Green, Mikkel Kessler and Edison Miranda over the past 2 years. Froch cannot help, however, but remember watching Ward get dropped by journeyman Darnell Boones right uppercut in the fourth round of Wards seventh professional fight six years ago.

Ward withstood that knockdown and went on to beat Boone (19-18-3, 8 KOs) by unanimous decision in a six-round fight. Froch figures Ward wont be as fortunate when he lands a flush punch to Wards chin at Boardwalk Hall (Showtime; 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST).

Hes got what, a 50-percent knockout ratio?, Froch said of Ward. And I dont think hes got the ability to hold a shot. If you look on YouTube, Andre Ward getting knocked down in round four against a guy thats had 40 fights and lost half of them. I think hes up to 38 fights, won 18, lost 18, or whatever his record is, with seven or eight knockouts. So hes clearly not a puncher and he put Ward flat on his face, and then Ward hung on for round five and round six.

Now, can you imagine when I hit him with a similar uppercut on the face? Im not going to leave him alone. Im not going to let him hold. So unless he has developed a muscle around his jaw since that fight, or has developed the ability to hold a better shot, which he may have done. You know, its been done in the past, where if youre not fit or if youre ill-prepared sometimes you take a shot, he stuns you, you go over and you dont recover. Thats never happened to me. Ive been put down once in my career against Jermain Taylor. I got up after eight seconds and I was fine for the remainder of the fight, and then I forced a stoppage in the last round. But I think there is a little bit of a question mark around Wards chin.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and

Tags: Carl Froch , Andre Ward , Ward-Froch , Ward vs Froch


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comment by ..David.., on 12-13-2011
LOL ... Well i hope he does because i wanna see a good fight, and Ward will definitely gonna hit him flush.

comment by Alpha & Omega, on 12-13-2011
I am glad you seem to think that Froch...keep on believing that lol. He may not get stopped or knocked down, but Carl is going to take a decisive beating on Saturday. He can then tuck his little cobra fangs between his legs and go back to the hot ass wife he bought with all his $$$. Someone pleas...

comment by Best in Boxing, on 12-13-2011
[QUOTE=bojangles1987]LMAO, if Froch believes the stuff he's saying he's in serious trouble.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Dedication]I was just gonna say the exact same thing[/QUOTE] LOL. Me three!! I hope Froch believes he can easily walk through Ward. He's gonna have a rude awakening and I'm gonna lov...

comment by UglyPug, on 12-13-2011
[QUOTE=Joeyzagz]Im betting real dough on Froch. Time to get paid.[/QUOTE] you already put it down? he was almost a 3-1 'dog at one point, which is absolutely crazy. . last i checked he had gone down to like +225; he had been gradually going down and varying between 250 and 225. . . . ...

comment by Apathetic, on 12-13-2011
[QUOTE=throbk1974]Froch does have a solid chin, and can take a good punch there. It's the shot to the temple or above the year that is going to knock him out. Those are the shots that have dropped him, in the past.[/QUOTE] Froch has only ever been down once and that wasnt a shot to the templ...

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