by Cliff Rold
Andre Ward was already considered by most one of the better fighters in the world. However, prior to last Saturday’s Super Six final, his record had only one really superlative win. It now has two and in style.
Carl Froch had faced some of the stiffest competition in all of boxing dating back to his first title win over Jean Pascal. Some of the fights were close, but no one had soundly defeated him. Ward did, building a lead and then enduring some strong late rallies, winning almost every round in almost all but two judges eyes.
Now reigning as the lineal Super Middleweight king, Ward joins the upper echelon, vaulting over the previously more accomplished Froch. Froch exits to just outside the top ten, his quality run not forgotten. Only three surefire Hall of Famers reside ahead of Ward. Is he on his way to punching his own ticket to Canastota?
Only time will tell.
Also re-entering the top ten is Bantamweight Anselmo Moreno. Arguably the best defensive fighter in the game after Floyd Mayweather, Moreno pitched a gem against Vic Darchinyan. Moreno has been an underground favorite for a while. The rest of the world is catching up.
Without further ado, the final pound-for-pound update of 2011.
Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]