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23 OCTOBER 2014

 

SecondsOut Team Pick Abraham vs. Froch


Abraham vs. Froch: Tom Casino/Showtime
Abraham vs. Froch: Tom Casino/Showtime

It is former boxing world champion versus former world champion with both boxers determined to reach the semi-finals of Showtime’s Super-Six super middleweight championship, but that hasn’t stopped SecondsOut’s team of fearless writers from making their confident picks for Saturday’s WBC world title fight between Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch battle over twelve rounds at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.

“I go back and forth on this one. Carl Froch hits hard but we all know how hard Arthur Abraham bangs. It’s not who hit harder, it’s who hits hard enough. I think Abe will come from behind, maybe off the floor too, to KO a tired Froch. Almost poetic justice as he did just that to Taylor. Abraham W.KO.11.”
- Jerry Glick - Contributing Editor - New York City, USA

“Arthur Abraham is a much better fighter than his last fight loss to Andre Dirrell. The fight will go the distance, but Abraham has lands more regularly to get the better of Froch. Abraham W.12.”
- Paul Upham, Content Editor - Sydney, Australia

“This will be somewhat of a chess match early and often. Froch will have his moments but I like Abraham to win via decision. Abraham W.12.”
- James Smith aka. Smitty, Host, In This Corner TV - USA

“Carl Froch’s fights at the Super-Six were razor thin and debatable decisions and I expect the same for this third. The question is: Will Froch stand and trade with Abraham? Or he will try to outbox him? Abraham won’t give him many places to hit, it seemed to me that Kessler opened up and took too many risks in their brawl. In any case, I would recommend you follow the action closely with a pen and paper. A hard, entertaining fight with the strong Armenian getting a deserved edge. Abraham W.SD.12.”
- Juan Pablo Manfredi - Buenos Aires, Argentina

“If there was ever a guy that should have some kind of snake as his nickname, it’s Arthur Abraham. His fighting style is reminiscent of snake as he often waits in the shadows looking for the opportune time to strike with precision and deadly force. It is style that has worked well for him over the years allowing him to save his strength for unpredictable bursts of intense action which frequently surprise his victims. Andre Dirrell showed us that the style has some flaws as he was able to use his superior foot and hand speed to keep Abraham out of position most of the night. Froch does not have the same capabilities as Dirrell, so he will have to find another way to get Abraham out of his game. Froch may be able to do this with activity and pressure, but it is dangerous game as Abraham is a powerful puncher. It is vital for Froch to get Abraham off balance and keep him out of his game. If Froch waits too long to attack, he will essentially be fighting Abraham’s fight. The burden of this fight is on Froch to make the adjustments and that is likely to be the difference. Froch will likely fall victim to Abraham’s style and find his chin in the path of one of Abraham’s strikes. Expect Abraham to catch Froch with enough shots early and catch him with a finisher in the later rounds. Abraham W.TKO.10.”
- John Lumpkin - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

“I have been dreading making this pick. I honestly don’t know who is going to win this one. Abraham and Froch are easily the two most durable and powerful fighters in the tournament. However, Abraham’s punch-rate is going to have to be up if he is going to make a go at it with Froch. Froch has one of the mos admirable wills in the sport right now and his stamina is going to make it hard for Abraham to bank on a late round rally to be enough to secure the win. I hope all the bad blood is for real in this bout. I expect a FOTY candidate. Abraham has the power to hurt Froch. However, will he be active enough to inflict the type of damage he will need to win? Froch can outwork Abraham along the ropes and put away rounds. However, can he stay focused and not be drawn into the sense of security so many Abraham victims have been. This is my hardest pick of 2010. Froch W.MD.12.”
- Derek Bonnett - Connecticut, USA

“This is the most anticipated match-up of the Super Six tournament for several reasons. Each fighter is offensive minded, both are coming off their first career lost, and these guys really don’t seem to like each other. No one will be surprised when Froch takes the early lead, as Abraham falls into his defensive shell. Eventually he will open up and find Froch will be confident enough to trade with Abraham. The bout will most likely be on the line as the men enter the championship rounds, and that is when Abraham will catch Froch and keep his fate out of the judges’ hands. Could be a Fight of the Year candidate, even if it is not the fight of the day (Marquez - Katsidis). Abraham W.KO.11.”
- Jason Pribila - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

“I think this one comes down to who throws the straighter, harder punches, and that’s Abraham. Froch tends to leave himself open to counters with his winging shots. As usual, Abraham will start slowly in his shell defense and Froch, the busier fighter, will pull ahead on points. But I think in the mid to later rounds Abraham breaks through, possibly drops Froch and comes away with a hard fought decision victory. Abraham W.12.”
- Matthew Hurley - Boston, USA

“Both guys are good fighters so it’s a difficult one to predict, As I wrote in my Blog here on SecondsOut.com recently, I do believe Carl Froch is a little bit better boxer technically and if he can just figure out a way to keep Abraham at bay with his jab and his footwork it is not impossible he can pull off a victory over the strong German. He has got all the tools but is he strong enough? No I don’t think he is. Abraham has proved in the past that will catch up with any fighter some time during the fight and land a big punch, he always does. I think he will with Carl Froch as well. He tortures the Brit with constant pressure for ten rounds and the knocks him out in the 11th. Abraham W.KO.11.”
- Teddy Stenmark - Sweden

“Carl Froch is very tough but also very vulnerable. Abraham looked like the class of the tourney until he got himself disqualified again Dirrell. He should be smart enough to pick up the pace a little earlier than usual and get to Froch with hard punches to put him away. Abraham W.KO.6.”
- Harry Rosenbluth - Los Angeles, California, USA

“I think in my mind Carl Froch should be 0-2, having getting a gift against Dirrell, Abraham will be looking to show he still is a threat after his loss to Ward. Abraham will use his power punching and aggression to make a statement against Froch. I believe s constant attack will wear Froch down in the mid rounds and out the finishing touches in the championship rounds. If Froch can keep Abraham thinking and not coming forward he has a chance. I don’t see that happening. Abraham W.TKO.10.”
- Andy Rivera - New Mexico, USA

“In what should turn out to be a fight of the year candidate, Abraham and Froch will bring the fight to each other, fighting in close quarters. But I expect the harder punching Abraham to get the better of most exchanges eventually landing a big shot that puts the Brit away. Abraham by late knockout. Abraham W.KO.Late.”
- Michael Coppinger - Washington D.C, USA

“This will be a very close, competitive fight. Abraham and Froch are both coming off losses and will look to get back on track. Abraham needs to start a little faster than he usually does or he will find himself down on the scorecards. I think he knows that and will work his way inside of Froch every chance he gets. The best bet for Froch is to fight on the outside and look to outbox his shorter opponent like Andre Dirrell was able to. I think Abraham pulls it out after 12 close rounds. Abraham W.UD.12.”
- Derek Gionta - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

“Arthur Abraham does well against fighters but has trouble against guys who can box. Carl Froch is a very tough fighter who is very hittable. He isn’t a boxer. Abraham is very strong with a solid chin and always in great shape. This one may be a very crowd-pleasing action fight but Abraham is a little better. Abraham W.TKO.10.”
- Tri Nguyen - Alexandria, Virginia, USA

“This is a fight of the decade candidate because both guys are brave beyond the call of duty and both appear unbreakable. I’m picking Froch because Abraham seems obsessed with slow starts and I think he’s incapable of changing. Froch will take most of the early rounds and will refuse to be bullied in the late going. Froch is naturally the bigger man and I see him holding off Abraham’s late round rally to secure a split decision. Froch W.SD.12.”
- Tom Gray - Motherwell, Scotland, UK


Total:

ARTHUR ABRAHAM = 13

CARL FROCH = 2


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