Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch
Revision as of 00:09, 27 May 2012 by Sweetscientist
2011-12-17 : Andre Ward 168 lbs beat Carl Froch 167½ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
- Referee: Steve Smoger
- Judge: Craig Metcalfe 115-113
- Judge: John Keane 118-110
- Judge: John Stewart 115-113
- WBA Super World Super Middleweight Title (4th defense of Ward)
- WBC Super Middleweight Title (2nd defense of Froch)
- The Ring Magazine Super Middleweight Title (Vacant)
- Super Six World Boxing Classic Final
Andre Ward Versus Carl Froch Super Six Tournament Super Middleweight Final
- Andre Ward, BoxRec # 2 Super Middleweight, remains undefeated by barely decisioning the BoxRec # 3 Carl Froch on two scorecards in a battle between the WBC and WBA world champions.
- Ward appeared to win eight or nine of the first ten rounds on technical skill by out jabbing Froch and staying out of range.
- Froch landed the power shots when he did land. He won rounds eleven and twelve as Ward tired and hung on, with Froch unable to knock Ward out late as he did with Jermain Taylor.
- No power shots from Ward, but Froch just could not find the target, and when he did Ward tied him up very effectively.
- Two judges-American and Canadian-had the bout 115-113 for Ward, meaning if Froch won one more round the bout would have been a majority draw.
- The British judge surprisingly had the bout 118-110 for Ward.
- Clean bout, no fouls or point deductions, outstanding job by neutral referee Steve Smoger who was favored by both sides
- Froch did hit Ward after the bell of one round, but it appeared unintentional, with Froch perhaps unable to hear the bell due to the loud noise of the crowd in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
- Ward retains the WBA Super World Super Middleweight title, ins the WBC and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight titles, and the Super Six Tournament Super Middleweight Finals trophy.
- Boxing commentator Barry McGuigan stated "He (Ward) has capulted himself into the top ten pound for pound. That was a most magnificent performance. He diffused Froch's power by coming (moving) back, really beautiful stuff."
- Boxing commentator Glenn McCrory stated "When you see Ward slipping punches, and moving in and out of range, and beating Froch to the inside, Ward beat Carl at his own game."
- Boxing commentator Amir Khan noted the bout was "A top performance by both fighters."
- Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins were at ringside. Hopkin's name was mentioned with Lucian Bute as possible future opponents for Ward.
Surprisingly, judge John Stewart had Froch ahead 49:46 after five rounds. After ten rounds, Stewart had the fight as a draw.