Ahead of this weekend’s eagerly anticipated fight between Carl Froch and Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six tournament, former World Champion Nigel Benn has been giving his thoughts on the battle as Paddy Power report free bets on the betting for the fight.
Benn believes that American WBA Champion Ward will come out on top against English WBC title-holder Froch when the two meet in Atlantic City on Saturday evening.
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The 47-year-old said: “I fancy Ward to win it. He’s very slippery, a very good fighter. Don’t get me wrong, Carl’s a good fighter, a strong guy, and it will be a close fight, but Ward will edge it.”
Ward is indeed the favourite to win this weekend having won all 24 of his professional fights. This includes a victory against Mikkel Kessler who has beaten Froch in the past, the Nottingham fighter’s only professional defeat.
Many pundits do believe that the bookies have got this one right in picking Ward as the favourite, but Froch always puts on a good show and Manny Steward – the former trainer of Lennox Lewis – believes the underdog has a chance.
He said: “Ward is the best technical fighter of the two but Froch is so mentally strong, you can never rule him out.”
“He doesn’t realise his own limitations – he’s so strong-minded his will sometimes overcomes the other man’s talent.”
“Also, the fact the fight is on the east coast will favour Froch because Andre has always fought in his comfort zone and Carl should have a lot of support from British fans.”
This is indeed the case with many British boxing fans already in America to support Froch. They will be at their vocal best before, during and after the fight and hope that their man does British sport proud.
One man keen to give Froch advice about this weekend’s fight is Amir Khan. The fellow Brit lost his fight with Lamont Peterson last weekend and has since lodged an appeal about particular refereeing decisions.
He said: “Carl needs to finish it inside the distance because if it goes to the judges he won’t win.”
Whether or not this proves to be the case remains to be seen. We can find out on Saturday evening when Froch and Ward step into the ring.