First of all, if you missed it, let me tell you, that fight last night was nowhere near as close as those two 115-113 score cards might lead you to believe. I was with judge number three at 118-110. It was Ward's fight all night long, from start to finish.
But he did not overwhelm Froch or blow him out. He outclassed him by a good length-and-a-half, but the tough Nottingham, England native stayed in the fight in every round, looking for that one chance to get off.
Froch had bragged going into the fight that he would be able to walk right through Ward's power shots, smiling as he did it. Well, Froch didn't do much smiling last night.
In defeat, Froch reverted to the sporting gent and gave Ward full credit for presenting such a difficult tactical puzzle. It was evident in the post-fight interview that Froch still felt deeply frustrated with his inability to "let his punches go."
Ward showed last night that he has speed and reflexes of an entirely higher order than Carl Froch. But he didn't demonstrate that he could use those physical advantages to completely shut the tough Brit down.
Froch is a smart brawler-boxer and has shown ability to adjust and improve throughout his career. He will remain among the very top fighters in the division. It might be interesting to see what each man would do differently the next time around.