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Team Ward: If No Injury, Froch Would Have Been KO'd

By Ernest Gabion

Virgil Hunter, the trainer of WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), is pretty confident that if his boxer had two healthy hands, he would have scored a knockout victory over Carl Froch last year in the Super Six finals. Ward won a twelve round decision, but his left hand was broken in two places during the contest.

On Saturday night in Oakland, he put on a brilliant display with a tenth round knockout of WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs).

According to Hunter, they made a decision, prior to the fight with Froch, to start stopping opponents inside the distance.

"We always knew that he could knock guys out, but this is professionbal boxing and the first priority in his career was to learn how to win and then seek the knockouts. At one time he was 16-0 with 11 knockouts and everyone was calling him a puncher, but we were in the B-leagues and C-leagues. A champion who has a lot of knockouts, 90% of them [knockouts] was when he was fighting B-leaguers. Elite fighters don't get knocked out," Hunter said.

"We would have knocked out Carl Froch, if his hand hadn't have been broke. We made the decision last year that were going to start stopping guys inside the distance. We began to adjust the training and we always knew he had a world-class left hook and could go punch for punch with anybody with the left hook."

In the opinion of Ward, knocking opponents out is the "final piece of the puzzle."

"Right now, everybody in boxing is knockout hungry. Everybody wants a knockout. I tell people that you can still entertain without getting a knockout. But, a knockout is always great and that's the last piece of the puzzle in my game that I want to keep working on," Ward said. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 09-11-2012

[QUOTE=Own3d;12501348]No, the best LHW fighting at SMW is.[/QUOTE] I'll put the Dawson that fought Ward last weekend against Kessler Dirrell Froch and Bute,and I doubt any of umm stop him..Hell Dawson might beat most of um...Stop with the excuses...Sad..

Comment by Jam Jars on 09-11-2012

[QUOTE=Alpha & Omega;12498438]Ward knocked out a bum? So The best LHW in the world is a bum? I don't think half the people who write in here know what they are talking about. If Ward and Froch fight again, I…

Comment by ddangerous on 09-11-2012

I love Andre, but shoulda coulda woulda. Dumb to even bother stating this. You fought Froch and outclassed him, but you did not knock him out.

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 09-10-2012

Ward knocked out a bum? So The best LHW in the world is a bum? I don't think half the people who write in here know what they are talking about. If Ward and Froch fight again, I bet he…

Comment by Cutthroat on 09-10-2012

It wasn't like it was a minor injury, his broken hand was pretty damn bad. He stunned Froch a few times even though his hand was badly broken, I wouldn't be surprised if he could TKO Froch with all the…

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