Andre Ward Climbs Over Carl
To The Top Of The Super Middleweights,
& Undercard Results from Atlantic City
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
It seemed as though it
might have been an ominous sign floating in the air
above the ring just before the fight was to start. It
was clear to anyone in Boardwalk Hall, a thick fog
hanging in the building. Surely this is not the first
time that fog has made its way through the open doors
into this Atlantic City landmark, but this time maybe,
just maybe, it carried some meaning to the fight that
was about to begin. Fog is not something too often
associated with California. But England? Froch’s fans
were buzzing. This in their eyes was a good omen.
If William Shakespeare were still alive and writing
about this fight, he might have put it this way. All of
the talk from Froch’s fans was simply “full of sound and
fury, signifying nothing.” All the talk that took place
before the fight was meaningless as soon as that bell
rang. Once the bell rings, it is all about action, not
Although Carl Froch had his moments, that was all they
were, just moments. Andre Ward dominated the majority of
the fight, forcing Froch to fight the way he, Ward,
wanted. From the beginning of the first round, it was
Ward’s fight. Ward landed the first meaningful punch of
the fight. Ward was evading Froch’s punches. As the
second round began, Froch tried to go on the attack.
Ward worked his way inside, backed Froch to the ropes
using little more than his jab. Near the end of the
second round, Ward landed a combination as an unbalanced
Froch looked momentarily like he might go down.
The one thing Froch did seem to have going for him was
that he was able to fight his way off the ropes. The
problem was the he was repeatedly caught on the ropes,
forcing him to fight his way off. In the fifth round,
Froch had one of his moments. He chased Ward to the
ropes, punching him all the way. Ward was able to fight
his way out. Toward the end of the fifth, Froch was able
to knock Ward back into the ropes. However, with the
possible exception of the fifth round Ward easily won
those early rounds, relying on his jab and left hook.
When Ward would fight inside, he simply pounded Froch’s
It seemed as though
Ward’s attack on Froch’s body was paying off by the
sixth round. Although Froch looked stiff from the
beginning of the fight, he was now looking sloppy as
well. He was having trouble landing his right. In the
seventh, Froch seemed to be trying to keep distance
between himself and Ward. Ward would have none of this.
He was using his weight to keep Froch on the ropes. Even
after being separated by referee Steve Smoger, he went
right back to using his weight to put Froch back on the
By the eighth round, Froch’s frustration was starting to
show. Ward landed a shot right at the bell. Rather than
walking back to his corner, Froch decided to return with
a shot of his own to the head of Ward. Froch surely knew
as the ninth round began that he had to something
amazing to win this fight. Every time Froch would throw
his right, he seemed determined to knock out Ward. But
Ward still was the one pressuring Froch to the ropes,
landing his shots to the body.
The tenth and eleventh rounds saw more of the same.
Froch had his moments, but Ward still controlled the
action. Ward kept his distance, causing Froch to miss.
As the twelfth round began, Froch was chasing Ward down.
This was it for Froch. The two tangled. Froch hit Ward
on the back of the head to get his off. Ward once again
used his weight to force Froch to the ropes. The crowd
was on its feet as the fight came to an end. Judge John
Keane scored the fight 118-110, and judges Craig Metcalf
and John Stewart scored the fight 115-113. Obviously,
those moments that Froch had, impacted Metcalf and
Stewart more than Keane, most of the press, and those
watching the fight.
Unfortunately, it cannot be said that Boardwalk Hall was
full for this epic and inaugural battle for the Super
Middleweight Super Six Tournament Final. Sure, the
building was full of boxing’s elite, Bernard Hopkins,
Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, and Lucian Bute to name a
few, but the fans were conspicuously missing. The top
sections were completely empty, and the lower sections
were only half full. Maybe boxing is more of a local
sport than the promoters and television people realize.
I can only imagine that ticket sales would be much
better in California or England.
The other problem with
attendance may be that the fans are being taken for
granted. Typically, a fight that happens in Atlantic
City will have an undercard full of local fighters. This
was not the case. The fighters making up the undercard
came from all around the globe, and only two came from
New Jersey. Moreover, the lackluster fights did little
to excite the crowd.
Just before, if you can call 45 minutes just before, the
Ward, Froch fight, Welterweight Kell Brook of England
made his U.S. debut against Luis Galarza. Brook
dominated the entire fight. In fact, Brook made Galarza
look like an amateur in the ring. Now Galarza has a
record of 18-2, 14 KO’s. That would be impressive except
that the majority of those Galarza has fought have
losing records. The one exception was his last fight
against Paul Delgado, Galarza winning that fight by
split decision. In the fifth round, Brook knocked
Galarza into the ropes, and almost through the ropes.
Referee Alan Huggins stopped the fight. He was doing
both Galarza and the fans in attendance a favor.
The best of the undercard fights was between Light
Heavyweights Edison Miranda and Kariz Kariuki. Although
Miranda controlled much of the fight, Kariuki never
seemed too far out of the fight. In fact, he even
controlled much of the fourth round. However, Miranda
got the best of him in the fifth. Kariuki went down
early in the round. As soon as he was on his feet,
Miranda came running in and knocked him down again;
however, Miranda was never given the command to box. It
didn’t matter. Miranda staggered Kariuki as soon as he
was given the command. He kept up the pressure. Kariuki
was out on his feet. Huggins stopped the fight, making
Miranda the winner by TKO.
Heavyweight John Lennox created the most excitement on
the undercard in his bout with Jeremiah Witherspoon.
These were the only two local fighters. Neither seems to
have any defensive skills, but both go all out. Lennox
got the win by TKO although referee Randy Newman did not
stop the fight until Witherspoon hit the canvas, not
getting up for several minutes.
Light Heavyweight Cornelius White won by unanimous
decision over Yordanis Despaigne. By the end of the
fight, both were covered in blood. Although the fight
looked to be competitive in the first two rounds, White
dominated from the third round until the end of the
sixth. The scores were 60-53, 59-55, 59-55.
Heavyweight Bowie Tupou won by unanimous decision over
Donnell Holmes. The majority of the fight looked like a
drunken street brawl. Holmes went down in the seventh,
but did come back in the tenth and even had Tupou on the
run. Scores for this fight were 95-94, 96-93, and 95-94.
After the Ward, Froch fight, Light Middleweight Boyd
Melson knocked out Daniel Lugo in the third round.