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Ward: I expect Froch victory

ESPN staff
May 22, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Undefeated super-middleweight Andre Ward has tipped IBF champion Carl Froch to come out victorious in his heavily anticipated rematch with WBA world titlist Mikkel Kessler on Saturday.

'The Cobra' meets the 'Viking Warrior' in their unification bout at London's O2 Arena, and American Ward says that he would not be surprised to see Nottingham-born Froch issue the knock-out blow to Kessler.

Ward will witness two of his previous victims' battle it out in South East London as part of the commentary team for American broadcaster HBO and, despite predicting a tough fight, believes Froch will overcome Kessler, stating the Dane is past his best.

"Carl Froch has been in some tough fights but I think he has more in the tank," Ward told Boxing News Magazine. "I think Kessler has kind of dipped a little bit since he and I fought, and even since he fought Froch the first time.

"Even though it's going to be a tough fight, it's going to be back and forth, I can't see Kessler winning this. Kessler's last two performances, he hasn't fought the best guys. A shop-worn Allan Green then Brian Magee who's very tough but limited.

"He's going to look good against them but I don't know if he has the same fire as when he fought Froch the first time. I would be shocked if Kessler got his hand raised. I think Froch wins and I wouldn't be surprised if Froch caught and stopped him."

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