By James Slater
Welsh legend, the never beaten Joe Calzaghe has given his early thoughts on what might happen if Carl Froch again faces the gifted Andre Ward. Froch promoter Eddie Hearn recently stated that he feels the rematch of the December 2011 fight that Ward won on points will likely happen next spring in the U.K. And Calzaghe, who walked away from boxing an all-time great at 46-0 told Sky Sports how he feels Froch will have a tough time simply because “The Cobra” is unable to adapt.
“Very difficult because I don’t think Carl can adapt,” Calzaghe said when asked if Froch can avenge his loss to the unbeaten American. “I think Carl fights one way and that’s that. Some fighters can’t adapt much and I think a good boxer always beats a good fighter. I think he’s an exceptional fighter, Andre Ward.
“He’s not my cup of tea to watch, but he’s very, very clever. He moves well on his feet, he’s got good hand speed, he’s elusive and he’s pretty good on the inside as well, so it will be very, very difficult. He’ll [Froch] have to change something. He will have to go at him at the opening bell. What I would say about Andre Ward, he seems to tire late in fights, so that’s one thing I can say. If he stays on him from the opening bell and tries to pressure him and drag him into a war that will be his best chance. But I think Ward’s very clever and will probably see that coming.”
For his part, Froch does say that he was not at his best going into the first fight with Ward, and that he is a “different animal” now. That said, Ward tiring (and perhaps not being the same fighter after his shoulder problems) seems to be Froch’s best chance when it comes to removing the only remaining blemish on his 31-2(22) ledger.