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I have to say that was crazy, action packed night, with a great fight card and pay-per-view event that was memorable to say the least. With of course, the so called “controversial” ending to cap off the evening.

There was a lively crowd in attendance, with electricity mounting as the tension in the MGM Grand building in Las Vegas, Nevada, was intensifying second by second, with anticipation for the potential fireworks to take place in the main event.

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Amidst all the controversy that occurred later in the evening, the entire fight card was actually an entertaining one.

Jesse Vargas fought a competitive sea-saw match against Josesito Lopez.

Mexican legend Erik Morales fought a blood and guts war against the tough but relatively unknown Pablo Cesar Cano for some form of a WBC Light Welterweight Championship belt.

While at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, rising Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fought a competitive match against a game Alfonso Gomez. A fight that actually had a controversial quick stoppage in itself.

Now to the juicy stuff.

Every pugilist participating in the event is good fighter in their own right, but the entire boxing world was curious to see the return of perennial top p4p performer Floyd Mayweather, and how he would fair against the younger, stronger, exciting young champion Victor Ortiz.

Ortiz went up against Mayweather who was returning to the ring after a 16 month layoff. A great fight was expected, and through four rounds, an exciting one sided fight was taking place.

Seeming to not have any fear at all leading into the event, Ortiz looked the part at least from a physical standpoint, possessing a solid muscular frame, looking like a well polished army tank and even sported a 14 pound weight advantage.

But his eyes and body language throughout the fight told a different story.

From the moment you heard Michael Buffer’s magical voice introduce the fighters, the look in Ortiz’s eyes indicated to me all of the pressure, the gigantic magnitude of this event, the big moment was getting to him.

From the opening bell, Ortiz was feasting on straight right hand leads, check left hooks, jabs, and right handed body punches all night.

Unable to quite figure out the puzzle that is the Mayweather defense, Ortiz would land an occasional body punch, or a glancing blow up top on a few occasions, but most of his punches were blocked or dodged altogether.

Many of his rampant attacks against the ropes were nullified and ineffective. The most effective blows from Ortiz were his rabbit punches to the back of the head which are illegal, and the head butts he intentionally threw and I counted at least three head butts.

As the rounds went on, Mayweather’s dominance became more apparent and Ortiz’s confidence seemed to dwindle.

It was obvious to any unbiased spectator the difference in class between the two fighters, and if they kept the current the pace, Ortiz was going to wilt under the pressure of Mayweather’s pin point accuracy and power punches.

And with that in mind, some people believe Ortiz looked for a way out.

Ortiz pressed on, trying to impose his size and pushed Mayweather into the ropes towards the end of the 4th round, throwing a flurry of punches that mainly missed the intended target.

Perhaps out of frustration, Ortiz did his best impersonation of a billy goat and head butted Mayweather. He even threw a few punches after the intentional foul.

Referee Joe Cortez called for time to deduct a point from Ortiz.

After Ortiz apologized to Mayweather two or three times, including a hug and kiss on the cheek, referee Joe Cortez said “lets go,” to both fighters.

Bam it happened.

Ortiz offered one more ceremonial touching of the gloves while Cortez looked at ringside officials to check the time, and Mayweather landed a quick left hook, right cross combination that sent Ortiz to the canvas.

And that was it, show was over.

Some people call it dirty, I say it’s an eye for an eye.

Ortiz took it there initially and had been doing so with his tactics all night. And you can’t fault that, if you’re going to fight the best, do what you can to win and do your best.

But if you’re going to get rough, expect it in return. Do not blatantly foul someone and then hug them and expect everything is going to forgotten.

Ortiz forgot the cardinal rule in boxing, protect yourself at all times.

Let’s not forget Ortiz was losing badly as well. Perhaps an argument can be made giving him round two, but even that’s generous and the dominance from Mayweather was apparent.

According to Compubox, Mayweather landed 73 out of 208 punches for 35%, while Ortiz 26 out of 148 punches for 18%.

Call Floyd a jerk, an ass, whatever. I am not going to defend his personal life, or what he does outside the ring, that’s for whoever to judge.

But at the end of the day like him or not, you have to respect his skill and accomplishments in the ring, and he is unfairly criticized by many members of the media.

Especially by so called journalists, trainers and analysts working for HBO.

Their lack of professionalism is disturbing, and they should seriously consider hiring a new commentary team.

Individually and collectively as a group you guys are unprofessional. You guys are biased against certain fighters, not just Floyd, and you let your personal feelings get in the way of calling a fight. Call the fight for what it is.

It’s obvious every member on the team dislikes Mayweather, which is not a problem, but it shouldn’t translate over to your professional life.

Jim Lampley arguably is the worse play by play commentator of all time. His inaccuracies are astounding, sometimes I wonder which fight he is watching. Every fight he does folly after folly saying a punch lands when it doesn’t. The only thing saving him is his charismatic voice.

Emmanuel Steward always flips flops and continually harps on Mayweather not constantly throwing combinations, but fails to mention the other positive things Mayweather does do. Not every boxer fights the same, there are different styles and when Mayweather actually did throw some combinations, Steward didn’t even say anything. He talks like he is upset he never had a chance to train him or something.

Larry Merchant, a guy who has contributed immensely to the craft and professions of journalism and television broadcasting should know better by now what is he 83? As the elder statesmen, you should be leading by example and act more professional.

Instead you act just as immature as the fighters you criticize. I’m sure your journalistic contemporary, Rush Limbaugh would be proud.

Especially since you have a history of going at it with black fighters in particular such as Roy Jones, Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright, Marvin Hagler, George Foreman, the aforementioned Mayweather and I am sure the list goes on and on.

The commentary from Merchant was terrible and the post fight interview was humoring. At the end of the day, if you act as immature as the people you criticize then you get what you deserve in the end.

Overall from a boxing purist stand point, the event was a success. Most of the fights were competitive, there was action in every fight, there was just an unfortunate ending, brought on mostly by Ortiz himself.

It will be interesting to see what happens from here on out in the boxing world, but I’m sure all eyes will be watching.


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I’m sure by now many viewers have witnessed the 24/7 episodes and all of the other pre-fight promotional shows leading up to this highly anticipated block buster match up.

Golden Boy Promotions, Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather, and everyone involved from the respective camps are doing a great job so far in regards to hyping up this fight.

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As a result, there are many opinions on how the fight will turn out from media and fans alike.

But it seems the overall consensus from most boxing experts and members of the media is Mayweather is expected to win the fight, either by late round stoppage or unanimous decision.

There are many people who are rooting for the underdog Ortiz, but I highly doubt many believe he has a serious chance to actually win.

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But for those staking the claim Ortiz will emerge victorious have actually made compelling arguments.

Arguing his recent maturity, punching power, size, southpaw style, and youth will carry him to victory.

Which brings into mind a huge question that is the biggest x factor in this fight, and is something that will not be answered until we finally see these pugilistic warriors step inside the ring this Saturday.

Which Floyd Mayweather are we going to see?

Based on what we have witnessed from both fighters throughout their careers, we can estimate who has the edge in categories such as speed, power, durability, technique, ring generalship, etc.

And even the average boxing spectator would probably give Mayweather the edge in most of those categories. At least a prime Mayweather would probably have the edge.

But that’s the thing, we do not know what to expect, especially from a fighter coming off a 16 month lay off.

The self proclaimed main money maker in the sport, hasn’t done himself any favors with his inactivity in recent years.

This being his fourth fight in five years probably is not ideal for any elite boxer and he would have to admit that himself. I’m certain the sport of boxing would flourish even more with an active Floyd Mayweather as well.

An occasional break from such a demanding occupation is a good thing because any sport can be taxing on the body and mind. But historically, constant spans of inactivity does more harm than good for most boxers.

I do believe there has been a slight erosion of athleticism and reflexes in recent fights from Mayweather.

Although he doesn’t get hit a lot or accumulate a huge amount of damage in the ring, he does train incredibly hard so there is probably some wear and tear and as you get older your skills fade little by little.

At 34, Mayweather is no spring chicken.

But it happens with every fighter, every athlete period.

Marvin Hagler, Ray Leonard, Roy Jones, Julio Cesar Chavez, any and everybody slips up eventually because at the end of the day, father time is undefeated.

The question is when will it happen for Mayweather?

He had better hope it doesn’t happen in this fight, because if so he is going to be in for a world of pain.

Although he is not in his prime, I do not believe he is far removed from his prime. And aside from Bernard Hopkins he is probably the best ring tactician so he has that to fall back on but we really won’t know until we watch the fight on Saturday.

This is what makes this fight so interesting to watch.

Yes there is a lot of trash talk and Floyd is the self imposed “villain” so of course people want to watch him get pummeled to a pulp.

There is also a chance of witnessing greatness from one of the truly remarkable fighters of his generation, Floyd Mayweather, and the potential rise of an exciting star in the making Victor Ortiz.

There is a chance of fireworks taking place in the ring because Ortiz is a hungry fighter with something to prove. But with that said, Mayweather is hungry as well.

I’m certain the constant talk of Manny Pacquiao being heralded as his pound for pound superior is getting to him.

Although he may constantly talk about the importance of making money, deep down he has the heart and mind of a fighter and is a true competitor. Even his detractors can’t dispute that.

He wants to prove he’s the best of his era and an all time great. He’s arguably the best of his era and a hall of famer already, but we won’t know how truly great he is until it’s all said and done.

With that in mind, a fight with Manny Pacquiao or Sergio Martinez is inevitable. I think he has to fight one of the two, Pacquiao in particular, if he wants to receive the all time great recognition he desires.

But in order for either one of those match ups to re enter the conversation, Mayweather must get past Ortiz.

Will he be able to do so?

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Once again the Klitschkos, this time with Vitali entering the ring, showcased his brilliance with a completely one sided pummeling of former two division champion Tomasz Adamek.

The champion traveled to the challenger’s hometown of Wroclaw, Poland and fought in front of a stadium packed with Adamek supporters in attendance.

Many consider Tomasz Adamek the third best fighter in the heavyweight division behind the Klitschko brothers.

And while Adamek’s position amongst the current heavyweight contenders may be up for debate, but one thing is certain.

The Klitschkos brothers are clear cut and above the best heavyweights in the world right now and of their respective era.

Either brother hasn’t had a competitive fight in years and their knockout ratio is historically high. In fact Vitali has a knockout ratio of 88.89%, while Wladimir sports a modest knockout ratio of 83.05%.

There seems to not be any fighters in sight capable of dethroning either one of them.

Over this past weekend, Vitali showed the world once again how dominant of a fighter he is.

Seemingly toying with Adamek fighting most of the fight with his hands below his waist, Vitali controlled the pace, spacing and distance the entire fight.

Landing his jab at will, and many other punches at a high frequency, Adamek endured all kinds of punishment until the referee stopped the fight in the tenth round.

A typical performance from a Klitschko in recent years.

Controlling their opponent, systematically breaking them down, and dealing the final blow but also doing so without rarely losing rounds.

They’ve virtually cleaned out the entire division, with only Alexander Povetkin from Russia, and Robert Helenius from Germany on the horizon.

With all due respect to both fighters, they probably do not stand a chance against either Klitschko.

The main problem when dealing with the Klitschkos is their combination of size, skill and power. Although the brothers share many common traits, there are differences with their fighting style and even their mentality in the ring.

They are both gigantic physical specimens, and cerebral in the way they break down their opponents. The jab is their main weapon of choice and have shown the ability to control the pace with ring generalship.

The differences are Vitali, the older of the two is more willing to mix it in with his opponent. He has the stronger chin out of the two.

Wladimir is more protective of his chin, more so fighting like a traditional tall boxer, relying on keeping his opponents at a certain distance and rarely likes to mix it in like his brother Vitali.

But either way, their respective styles work for one another and compliment their mentalities.

The only competitive fight we will see in the heavyweight division is between the brothers, which unfortunately may never happen.

Looks like the Klitschkos will continue to rule with iron fists.

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Last Saturday, rising star Amir Khan put the finishing touches on the former multiple division belt holder Zab Judah.

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It was a dominant performance from Khan, who controlled the action from the opening bell.

Landing his jab at will, Khan nullified any kind of offense Judah tried to apply, and with his long reach, Khan kept Judah in range to throw combinations and land which ever punch he wanted.

As a credit to Khan’s dominance, Judah could never seem to find his rhythm in the fight.

At times defensively Judah looked good, slipping punches, dodging a few combinations and moving away from impeding danger.

The only problem was Judah could not return back the punishment he was evading. Many times because of Khan’s reach and physical prowess, Judah was out of range to even throw anything significant back.

Khan systematically broke Judah down and it was apparent from Judah’s body language he didn’t want to continue fighting.

A questionable body shot or borderline low blow, put an end to things towards the end of round five and Khan was awarded the KO victory.

There were some questions heading into the match for both fighters. Many of those questions were answered.

For Khan, the questions of whether he is the best in his division and how does he fair against solid opposition has been addressed.

Khan is one of the best fighters in his division along with Timothy Bradley. The only thing missing from Khan’s resume at 140 is a fight with Lucas Matthysse or with Bradley himself.

As far as opposition faced, Khan beat Maidana who is a good but not great fighter, a really good fighter in Paulie Malignaggi, and has defeated whoever else they put in front of him at 140.

Although it’s fair to say Judah is no longer an elite fighter, he is still a really good fighter and Khan made quick work of him.

The only questions that remain of Khan is the durability of his chin and who he decides to face next.

For Judah, the story is all too clear.

While Zab hinted at not being finished fighting with his post fight interview, he is no longer a factor fighting competitively at the elite level and has been done for awhile.

Judah’s last victory against elite opposition came against Cory Spinks in 2005.

Since then, loses to Carlos Baldomir, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey and now Amir Khan.

Even in his recent wins, he hasn’t looked to spectacular.

Sure he has beaten up on mediocre opposition, but even against the likes on somewhat elite fighters like Lucas Matthysse, Judah barely got by and in many eyes lost that fight.

When discussing the career of Zab Judah, he will probably be remembered as a fighter with tremendous talent, but never really lived up to his potential.

Judah had talent that even rivaled Floyd Mayweather, but the difference was the mentality each fighter.

Mayweather strived to be perfect in the boxing ring.

Training when every one else is resting, learning the fundamentals of the game, perfecting his craft, constant dedication, has enabled him to remain on top of the sport for more than a decade.

Judah trained hard, but probably could of trained harder in some instances early on in his career.

Perhaps he relied too much on natural athleticism and talent instead of thinking the game through.

Outside distractions, or whatever the case may be derailed Judah from reaching his full potential, and in most instances, lead to him coming up short in his biggest fights.

Even with the addition of the legendary Pernell Whitaker in his corner, it is too late for Judah to be a serious threat to anyone at the elite level.

Out with the old in with the new is the theme I took from this fight.

Amir Khan is the rising star, and undoubtedly will have huge fights in the coming years.

Judah, on the other hand is at the twilight of his career, and if anything, may have to come to the realization that he now is a gate keeper of which ever division he chooses to reside in.

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By the time perennial pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather steps into the ring in mid-September, it will be approximately 17-months since he saw action.

Mayweather’s last fight took place in May, against then the top welterweight in the division, “Sugar” Shane Mosley.

Much has changed since his victory over the future hall of fame fighter in their anticipated block buster match.

Former welterweight contemporaries such as Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Mosley are no longer a factor in the division, and in the eyes of many, Manny Pacquiao has risen to the ranks of undisputed pound for pound king.

In Mayweather’s anticipated return, he is already accomplishing something Pacquiao has neglected to do for several years now.

And that is facing a young, talented fighter in their prime, like Victor Ortiz.

Ortiz recently stepped up to the welterweight class and already has established himself as one of the best in the division, by completely dominating the undefeated Haitian star Andre Berto.

Granted, Ortiz isn’t the clear cut best fighter in the division, and has flaws just as most fighters do.

But after a overcoming some mental issues inside the ring, Ortiz has bounced back from his unexpected loss from Marcos Maidana.

With a rejuvenated attitude, the Kansas born brawler looks to live up to the potential many critics saw in him when he was coming up as a prospect.

Sometimes referred to as the new “Golden Boy,” Ortiz looks to make well on that name and what better way than facing one of the truly great pugilists of this era in Mayweather.

Some people see this as an easy fight for Mayweather, but that may not be the case in this match up.

Ortiz is a strong fighter, with a swarming style, and he tries to overwhelm his opponents with his aggression and power. Ortiz also has good speed, and as a southpaw, will undoubtedly put up the best effort he can.

As mentioned earlier for Mayweather, he is facing a prime, upper tier fighter, who is entering the with a ton of momentum. Ortiz just ended a fighter’s undefeated streak, and he looks to end another.

Pacquiao as great as he is, has faced questionable opposition in recent years.

After finally getting around to facing Marquez for a third time, it seems at least most fans will be getting what they wished for.

I wish this third fight would of happened a few years sooner.

The match up looks great on paper but more than likely it will not live up to expectations.

Marquez is one of the all- time great fighters in his era, but he will be 38 when he steps in the ring with Pacquiao, and in recent fights he has shown the effects of his age.

Pacquiao faced Mosley who was 39 years old, and coming off two terrible performances. Mosley was completely dominated by Mayweather in May of last year, and “Contender” star Sergio Mora fought Mosley to a lack luster draw.

When Pacquiao faced Antonio Margarito, he was coming off a tune up with a tomato can. And before that tune up against the mediocre Roberto Garcia, Margarito was suspended for a year.

Before Margarito’s suspension, he was outclassed and knocked out by Mosley. It’s bad enough Margarito had to cut an extra four pounds to make the catch weight he and Pacquiao fought at.

Miguel Cotto as well entered in fight against Pacquiao looking not too good in his recent fights. Cotto also had to meet Pacquiao at a catch weight losing and extra two pounds, which I am sure didn’t do him any favors.

Leading up to their fight, Cotto looked bad in his controversial victory over Joshua Clottey, and many argue Cotto hasn’t looked the same since he was beaten to a pulp by Margarito in their fight that took place in 2008.

Ricky Hatton was on the downslide as well. The addition of Floyd Mayweather Sr. in his corner was a miscalculated error, and the best of Hatton was taken out of him when he was knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Just look at Hatton’s come back fight against Juan Lazcano. Hatton was rocked a few times late in the fight, and had the benefit of a hometown referee who used questionable tactics to intervene because Hatton was on the verge of being knocked out.

Oscar De La Hoya was obviously a done deal before he even stepped in the ring against Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s head trainer Freddie Roach knew this, that’s why they took the fight.

De La Hoya was entered this fight meeting at a catch weight in the welterweight division, a division he hasn’t stepped foot for seven years.

The “Golden Boy” was also coming off a loss against Mayweather, and a tough fight against Steve Forbes, and it was obvious De La Hoya wasn’t the great fighter he used to be.

Now it’s easy to find faults in Pacquiao’s recent opposition.

But the same can be said for a lot of fighters. No one has a perfect resume, and even if the guys he faced may have been coming in at a disadvantage, they still signed up and took the fight. If they lost the fight or took a brutalizing beating, that’s on them.

But I wanted to recognize and highlight what Mayweather is doing with his comeback fight.

No Ortiz isn’t the best fighter in the world. But he is a promising fighter on the upside that can be a threat to any fighter out there.

That’s all we should ask of our champions. Take a challenge, and fight some good opposition. Hopefully this fight against is the first step, assuming Mayweather wins, to going against Pacquiao in one of the biggest fights in boxing history.

For now we shall have to wait and see.

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Last Saturday at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, thousands of fans cheered to the punches of rising star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Accompanied by his legendary father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., and lead by hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach, Chavez accomplished what many thought he would do since the beginning of his career.

Chavez captured championship gold, in the form of the WBC Middleweight Championship.

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This can be perceived in many ways depending on who you ask or from which angle you are looking at.

A championship should be celebrated and recognized as a great accomplishment, especially at the highest level of competitive pugilism. But as HBO analyst Max Kellerman points out, “A championship belt is more so used as a promotional tool nowadays”.

Basically stating, Chavez hasn’t really done anything out of the ordinary, and many people including myself, agrees with Kellerman’s opinion.

Not to take anything away from Sebastian Zbik or Chavez, but this event is apart of something that has been in the making since the beginning of Chavez’s career.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has carefully guided the young star, bringing him along slowly and matching him against questionably soft opposition. This past weekend was the icing on the cake.

Zbik is actually a good fighter, but not good enough to be a threat and is not necessarily a dangerous opponent.

From the weigh in, up to the actual night of the fight, Zbik was the smaller man even being outweighed by at least fifth teen pounds by Chavez on fight night who came into the ring weighing 180 pounds. That’s five pounds over the light heavy limit by the way.

Zbik although having a stellar amateur background, is not a powerful puncher. Coming into the fight he was undefeated with 30 wins, with only ten of his victories coming by way of knock out.

Zbik also has a recent history of fading late in fights, as he did against one of his last opponents Domenico Spada.

As for the fight itself, it was an entertaining affair. It was the fast hands and seasoning of Zbik vs. the determination and body punching of Chavez.

There were some close rounds, and some were difficult to score. Throughout the fight, Chavez would land the more authoritative punches and Zbik threw more and landed more punches. Zbik out landed Chavez ten out of the twelve rounds.

A fight that was even extending into the championship rounds, Chavez gained momentum and pulled away towards the end.

It was the will, body punching, and weight advantage that pulled through for Chavez. He forced Zbik into fighting a bar room styled fight, and made life difficult for Zbik.

It was essentially a war of attrition, with the stronger, larger, determined Chavez prevailing in the end.

Going forward, if I was a fan of Chavez I would not be too optimistic. There is much room for improvement, and with three fights under Freddie Roach and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, I haven’t seen much progress.

There were many moments in the fight, were Chavez looked like he was in limbo. He didn’t know whether he wanted to fight on the inside, or fight from the outside.

Ineffective from the outside, he eventually just settled with trying to make a it a war on the inside. The only problem is standing at 6’1” his height makes it difficult for him at time on the inside.

Foot work is another issue and something to work on in the future. It sets up offense and defense and will be a key component for Chavez going forward as he looked awkward at times in the ring.

Defensively Chavez appears to be very easy to hit, and is fortunate Zbik lacks punching power, because he caught Chavez with clean effective punches quite often.

Perhaps it is good fortune, or even better promotion and match making.

Going forward, many fans would love to see a match with Chavez and the lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.

The fight would be a huge event and a major step up in class for Chavez. As mentioned earlier many fans and boxing critics would love to see this fight happen, but I have a feeling Arum has other plans.

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Saturday June 5th, at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, showcases an intriguing match up between Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson 51-14-2 (35 ko’s) and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch 27-1 (20 ko‘s).

This is the second semifinal in the Super Six Tournament with the winner to face WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward.

Froch is a two time Super Middleweight Champion, with victories over Arthur Abraham, Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell.

Known for his punching power, outstanding chin and toughness, Froch appears to be the odds on favorite going against Johnson.

According to Betfair, Froch is a 1-4 favorite.

Johnson has a nice resume as well, being a long time veteran and former champion himself. Johnson has victories over Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, Allan Green and Clinton Woods.

I think it is a toss up fight, but who is better suited for Ward in the final?

If you ask Ward, he would probably tell you he does not care who he goes up against. He will undoubtedly prepare for either fighter going in at 100%.

What will be the best outcome for boxing?

A final against Froch or Johnson?

I think a majority of the public wants to see Ward vs. Froch in a good ole classic America vs. England battle. The two nations have a strong history of rivalry that far extends across the sport of boxing.

If we go back in recent history, significant bouts between American and English stars include Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton, Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson, Lewis vs. Holyfield, just to name a few.

From a stylistically standpoint, I think Froch is a better fight for Ward.

Although Froch has made steady improvements to his fighting style, progressively getting better with each fight, he has shown he does not fare to great against quick fighters who possess a great deal of athletic ability and or boxing skill.

Take a look at the controversial fight Froch had against Dirrell in the opening round of the tournament. Froch was awarded the split decision, albeit on his home turf, but in many people’s eyes he lost that fight.

Froch was the aggressor and pressed the fight, but he was out boxed, consistently being hit with clean punches, and was far from accurate when he attempted to attack.

His most damaging or consistent attack was when he would rough house and wrestle Dirrell to the canvas.

Dirrell, perhaps being intimidated by Froch’s force or by the chaotic atmosphere surrounding him was too gun shy and waited too late to respond back, as far as fighting with mean intent and stepping up against the tactics from Froch.

Taking it a step further, look back at the fight Froch had against Taylor a few years back.

The former middle weight champ from Arkansas was winning on the scorecards before he gassed out and succumbed to the pressure in the last seconds of the final round.

Before falling from exhaustion, he was hitting Froch at will and even managed to drop the Cobra in the third round. Taylor does possess above average hand speed and a great jab, but certainly is not a stalwart defensively and throughout the later stages of his career has shown a tendency to tire out half way through a fight.

Using these fights as a barometer, it can be seen how Ward can pull off the victory against Froch.

Ward is faster and has more athletic ability than Taylor, and is certainly more defensive and does not get tired. Although Ward may not be as skilled or as technical as his childhood friend Dirrell, the margin between the two is not significant and he has certainly shown he is tougher.

Ward will work in the trenches, and will get dirty if he has too, especially with everything on the line in this final match of the tournament.

Ward has the skill, speed and overall athletic ability to outbox Froch like Dirrell did the opening round of the tournament. Ward also has the mental toughness and to match Froch.

Although I believe Ward has certain advantages over Johnson, I believe a fight against Froch is a better match up overall for the betterment of boxing.

It’s a fight between young champs, who proved themselves and are original participants in this very tournament.

I think a match up featuring Froch and Ward will draw more attention from the fans, and out of the two I believe Ward would get more credit for beating the a younger Froch as opposed to a 42 year old Johnson.