Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Froch Charged Up to Halt the Livewire

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Froch Charged Up to Halt the Livewire

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Byline: David Smith

[bar] ARL FROCH has claimed victory in the phoney war against Andre Ward, and now believes he is on course to win the real war when he challenges the unbeaten American for the Super Six World Boxing Classic title in Atlantic City tomorrow night.

Whoever prevails at the Boardwalk Hall will become undisputed king of the super-middleweight division. And the Briton, who pits his WBC title against that of the WBA belonging to Ward, is convinced he has rattled his rival even before the first bell has sounded.

The 34-year-old, nicknamed The Cobra, was spitting venom as he said: "I've already got in Ward's face and told him the truth: that we both know he's not a puncher, that we both know I'm far stronger and more powerful.

"I've constantly made him aware that l can knock him out but he can't knock me out, and that for every moment of those 12 three-minute rounds I'll be trying to render him unconscious."

Froch's record bears the small stain of a disputed decision which went the way of Denmark's Mikkel Kessler in April last year. Of greater significance, 20 of his 28 victories have been inside the distance.

Ward, seven years younger than his opponent, has yet to taste defeat in 24 fights but only 13 of his wins have come by way of stoppage.

"He likes to grab and hold," said Eddie Hearn, Froch's promoter. "That will be his plan this time, to try and win the rounds and win a shut-out points victory."

There can be no doubting the danger that Ward, with fists flashing as fast as those of Amir Khan, poses to Froch's ambition to rule at super-middleweight and cement his standing as one of Britain's best boxers of the modern era. The Californian has an Olympic gold medal in a drawer and what passes for solid iron in a skull that inflicted a terrible fight-stopping cut in his own clash with Kessler two years ago.

"Everyone knows Ward's a dirty b*****d who stuck the head in several times when stopping Kessler on cuts," said Froch. …

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