May 24th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
THEY FIGHT ONE ANOTHER AGAIN TO FACE ANDRE WARD AGAIN!
BOXING ALIVE & WELL IN 2013!
In the face of MMA’s rise, boxing critics have begun to sing the regular chorus that, “The sport is dead.” But it’s difficult to make that case when one looks at all of the high-profile exciting match-ups which have already taken place this year. This weekend’s bout between these two European stars will most likely be added to this list given the drama of their first encounter. Not only that, but there will be over 18,000 fans packed into the 02 Arena in London. Would nearly 20,000 people pack an arena for a dead sport?
KESSLER HAS HAD INJURIES & ISSUES
Since toppling Froch three years ago Kessler’s career has been stagnant. The eye injury that compelled him to quit against Ward and then withdraw from Showtime’s Super Six Tournament might just be a permanent issue Mikkel just has to deal with. Since then he has faced a string of no-hopers and lost all momentum the Dane may have gained from their first bout. A win this weekend reverses the trend and makes Kessler a hot commodity again.
FROCH ON UNPRECEDENTED FIVE YEAR ROLL
It’s hard not to like Carl Froch. He says what’s on his mind, is willing to fight anybody, generally in action packed bouts, and has a smoking hot fiance in model Rachel Cordingley. Froch’s a “fighter’s fighter” in every sense you could imagine. One can make the argument that no one in boxing has had a tougher recent ten fight schedule than the Englander. Dating back to 2008 he has faced Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson, World champ Andre Ward, Lucian Bute, Yusaf Mack, and now Kessler again. Since his tough loss to Ward in 2011, “The Cobra” has a pair of knockouts over previously undefeated Bute and tough contender Mack. In this fight Froch is looking to erase one of the two blemishes on his record.
WHAT HAPPENS HERE?
Carl will out work, out punch, out fight Kessler in every department as the Nottingham native seeks redemption.
KELLY COULDN’T SOBER UP FOR WARD?
168 lb. kingpin Andre “Son of God” Ward has had trouble securing a marquee opponent since toppling light-heavyweight (175) champion Chad Dawson last September. He was scheduled to smack around Kelly Pavlik in February before being forced to undergo shoulder surgery that was followed by Pavlik announcing his retirement. This San Francisco native has been so desperate for a big matchup that he has even resorted to calling out Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
DEATH SENTENCE FOR “PUFF, PUFF….PASS” MEXICAN
Fortunately for Chavez (and Mexican fans everywhere) we may never see this assault take place since Chavez is promoted by Bob Arum who knows how to protect his cash cows. Plus he’s still on suspension for popping for Marijuana after Sergio Martinez. The winner of this bout will be rewarded with an opportunity to face the 2004 Olympic Gold medalist with the slim potential to even up the series at 1-1. Andre Ward will be rewarded with a marketable opponent IF the winner doesn’t instead decide to take on living legend Bernard Hopkins in an easier and possibly more lucrative bout. Either man’s chances of beating Bernard are probably slim, which is still better than their chances of ever beating Ward!
EVERYTHING POINTS TO FROCH HERE
The man most likely to be faced with these options is Carl Froch. He seems to have improved more than his Danish rival since their first meeting, having added a more well-rounded boxer’s mentality to his arsenal when necessary. Not only that, but Carl has faced the more seasoned competition which has added to his experience immensely. “The Cobra” is hot right now, while “The Viking” is warm to the touch. Another factor which must be considered is the fact that Froch will be enjoying the hometown advantage this time. Unofficially this means that he will already be ahead by 2-3 rounds on most scorecards before the start. But when the fight gets close again and each men grow tired in the championship rounds, you can bet that the rowdy and animated British fans will scream, sing, and chant all the motivation necessary to propel their hometown hero to victory.
Jason B. Nava