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Super Six Final: Ward vs Froch

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New York, NY – It was hard to tell who was the hunter and who was the hunted when Andre Ward and Carl Froch took to the stage at the Highline Ballroom Tuesday afternoon to announce their Super Six World Boxing Classic that will take place Saturday, October 29th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The tournament started last October with 8 fighters in 3 stages featuring Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler, Andre Dirrell, Andre Ward, Allen Green, Glen Johnson and Jermaine Taylor. By the time it came down to the semi-finals, Ward, Abraham, Froch and Johnson were left standing. Ward kept his undefeated record in tact dominating Abraham with a 12 round unanimous decision last May while Froch won in a similar fashion a month later over Johnson setting up the championship bout.

 

“I truly believe if there is going to be a knockout, it will come from me,” said a confident Froch. “I’m a beast and a freak of nature. I’m going into the fight fully expecting to win.” Ward, on the other hand, was not impressed with the words coming from the Welshman. When asked what he thought of Froch’s proclamation he said, “I love it.”

Ward’s road to this point began in 2004 after wining the Olympic gold in Greece. His 24-0 record includes 13 knockouts. Many question whether or not he has the chin to make him one of the elite in the division as he was knocked down in his 7th fight against Darnell Boone. But he got off the canvas to win a unanimous decision. His first title belt came in 2008 when he won the WBO/NABO super middleweight title with a 8 round TKO against Jerson Ravelo. In his fight against Abraham, Ward was accused of head-butting at least 5 times. A tactic that Froch is fully prepared for. “If it gets dirty,” said Froch, “I’ll get dirty.”

It has been an uphill battle in this tournament for Froch as after opening with a win over Dirrell, he lost the next fight against Kessler giving him his first loss after  26 straight wins. Six months later he would step in the ring against Abraham and make up for the loss, dominating all 12 rounds and reclaiming the WBC Super Middleweight World Championship. He successfully defended the belt advancing to the Super Six Championship stopping Johnson thus setting up the fight against Ward.

Two belts will be at stake when they step into the ring. Based on their paths to get to this point, it will be hard to tell who will be the hunter and who will be the hunted.

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About William Gerena-Rochet

William Gerena Rochet, is the former Latino Sports baseball editor. He is a retired NYC teacher who divides his time living between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He started writing for Latino Sports during the inaugural World Baseball Classic when a series was played in Puerto Rico in 2006. On of his favorite moments was covering the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. During his time with Latino Sports, he covered several divisional and League championship series games and the 2009 World Series. He also covered the last game at the old Yankee stadium and the first game of the current one. In closing, William has covered multiples Latino Sports MVP Awards ceremonies and Spanish Language Press Conferences including the Jorge Posada retirement one. Now a contributor, Willie will occasionally cover the Yankees.