Anyone who doesn't think Andre Ward is going to beat Carl Froch in the finale of Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic deserves credit for having some of the biggest blinders on Earth.
Because, simply put, there's an absolute mountain of evidence working in S.O.G.'s favor going into Saturday's fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Historically, Ward has the edge in this battle to decide who's the best super middleweight fighter in the world. Both Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) sport excellent career records. Ward, though, hasn't lost a match, amateur or professional, since he was 14, including his perfect run through the Super Six. Froch, on the other hand, suffered the first loss of his professional career to Mikkel Kessler, who lost to Ward by technical decision back in November of 2009.
Who will win?
The stylistic advantage also belongs firmly in Ward's corner. He may not have the reach or sheer power in his fists that Froch has, though with his speed and versatility, he doesn't exactly need it. Ward is a much smarter fighter than Froch, with the ability to shift his game plan to better position himself against his opposition on the fly. If Ward's strategy against Froch isn't as successful as he'd hope, he's not afraid to change things up a bit to ensure his own success.
Froch's best (and only) chance in this one is to hurt Ward, if not knock him out entirely. Otherwise, if the result comes down to the judges' scorecards, Ward's boxing prowess and tactical brilliance will earn him the decision.
If nothing else, Ward is nearly seven years Froch's junior, giving the Oakland native the added advantage in speed and agility that comes with such relative youth.
There's a reason Ward hasn't lost in a ring in 13 years. There's a reason he's the heavy favorite to fluster Froch on the way to winning the Super Six.
He's a great fighter and will demonstrate as much between the ropes.