Sunday, 26 May 2013

Redemption No.2 for Carl Froch?

By Jack Price @PriceyJ97

Last night at the O2 Arena in London, England, Carl Froch continued his impressive and seemingly unstoppable run of form with a unanimous decision victory over friend and old foe Mikkel Kessler to avenge the first loss that was put on his record back in 2010.

It was a clear victory for the 35-year old, he looked better than ever, and now people are calling for him to get another shot at super-middleweight king Andre Ward, the only other man to defeat him. There are some people who believe this fight is still pointless, because no matter how much Froch has improved, Ward is basically unbeatable and has already proven it. But the question to ask those people is; who else is there to challenge 'S.O.G' at 168lb?Ward is currently in a difficult spot. The American has already cleaned out at 168, defeating every contender and champion there is. He has also already beaten the No.1 light-heavyweight (175lb), WBC champion 'Bad' Chad Dawson. So again, who else is there? Ward has a win over Carl Froch in 2011, but not the Carl Froch of 2013. At 35-years old, the Brit seems to have more hunger and be fighting better than ever. I'm sure there aren't many fans out there that will say he doesn't deserve a second chance.

So, if Froch does get the fight, which I think he will eventually, will he get redemption once again?

Its hard to see anybody taming the beast that Froch has been in the ring in his last 3 fights. It will take somebody very special to do it, but Ward is a very special fighter. In my opinion, there are only two unbeatable fighters in the world today and they are pound-for-pound king Floyd 'Money' Mayweather and Ward himself (you could argue for Guillermo Rigondeaux too but he's not as proven as the other two yet).

If the fight happens later this year in the US, I see the same sort of outcome as the first fight with Froch just having a little more success, but if Eddie Hearn can pull off a miracle and get Ward over here to the UK the outcome could be different. Ward has never fought out of America as a pro and we just don't know how he'd respond with around 40,000 hostile fans all there to watch him lose. Froch thrives on having home support, we've seen that against Bute, Mack and now Kessler. Maybe Ward could become the next name on that list.

To sum this all up, I am in no way whatsoever saying Froch could beat, or is a better fighter than Ward, but I am saying that he 100% deserves the rematch. There is no fighter that deserves it more. For now Froch probably doesn't even have Andre Ward on his mind. He will be content that he has once again defied the odds and proven that he should be regarded as the very best. I would like to congratulate 'The Cobra' on a fantastic win and wish him the very best in the future against whoever he takes on.

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