Originally Posted by Farmboxer
Abraham needs to go back down to middleweight. Abraham gave the blueprint to beating Ward early though, but he stopped using his jab. Bute will knock Ward out if they ever fight, but doubt if Ward will be allowed to fight Bute. Johnson or Froch will give Ward pure Hell, could knock him out!
AA is clearly NOT a smw,he always looks like the smaller man,and cannot assert himself physically against the likes of Ward,Froch,Dirrell.He was having plenty of success in the early rounds when he was boxing Ward,but he obviously has serious stamina issues,because after the 4th round he just stood in front of Ward doing what AA usually does (hands high,no lateral movement) and Ward spent the rest of the fight teeing off on him.
One thing is certain,Froch,Johnson and Bute will have enjoyed what they seen in the first 2 or 3 rounds,Ward does not like fighting off the back foot,as small and unskilled as AA is,he was having a fair amount of success when he tried to box Ward,he was landing the Jab and stung Ward a couple of times with the left hook.Ward was very hesitant about trying to counter AA in the early rounds.
I'm convinced Wards '0' will go in the super 6 final.Froch and Johnson are both heavy handed,have superb stamina,and can box behind the jab.I know they will have studied Wards fights and don't see them being drawn inside and bullied as Kessler did,or wasting punches and energy throwing wild shots against Wards arms and shoulders and being countered as Bika did.