Carl Froch is a great fighter, says Johnny Nelson, but Andre Ward will be tough to conquer
Carl Froch has become a boxing great, says Johnny Nelson, but Andre Ward could be one step too far.
Last Updated: 20/11/12 9:46am
It would be a great rematch - Ward won on points when the two met in Boardwalk Hall in December, as I'm sure you'll remember - and Carl, as he showed against Lucian Bute in May, is aggressive enough to cause anyone problems.
But I just feel that Ward's outstanding technical acumen, which saw him beat Froch convincingly last winter, could be too much for the Briton to contend with once again.
I would put the clash 70-30 in the American's favour but, of course, Carl's chances would be boosted if the fight took place in England and especially Nottingham - and with Ward seemingly open to that idea, I really hope that can happen; it would get British fans buzzing.
Mikkel Kessler, is different and I think Carl would have his number - and I think he would have had his number in 2010 had the fight, which he lost on points, been held anywhere other than in Denmark, Kessler's homeland.
Carl made very light work of Yusaf Mack at the Capital FM Arena at the weekend and made sure that a man who should have had no chance had no chance; he got straight on his opponent, intimidated him from the off and stamped out whatever minor threat he may have posed.
Mack was Froch's easiest bout in quite some time as he is used to facing world champions and for that reason I have to agree with my Sky Sports colleague Glenn McCrory and say that he is one of the best British fighters of all time.
We have had really exciting fighters in the past in guys like Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, Prince Naseem Hamed and, of course, Ricky Hatton - but how many of these guys boxed the best in the world one after the other after the other?
Carl might not be pretty but he is darn effective.
I was very impressed by Tony Bellew on Saturday night, too, with the Liverpudlian light-heavyweight coping with one of the deepest cuts I've seen in my life to defeat Argentina's Roberto Bolonti via a unanimous points decision.
Bellew has this reputation as a banger - and he does like a punch - but people forget that in his amateur days he was quite the tactician, and he showed all those skills against Bolonti after he picked up that nasty gash above the eye in the third round.
Tony took care of himself, didn't get involved in a tear-up against a guy with just one professional defeat and a high spot in all the important rankings, and showed, once again, that he is learning.
I think the cut will keep Bellew out of the ring for around five months - if he comes back sooner his career could be in jeopardy - but when he does return I hope he fights a guy who can sharpen him up that little bit further and get him ready for a showdown with WBC champion Chad Dawson, someone who is very beatable.
The only potential black mark against Tony's name at the moment is that he hasn't yet fought outside of the UK - but I don't think he is the type of guy who would be intimidated by travelling abroad.
Bellew is mentally strong and you could put him in a phone box in Timbuktu and he would box to the best of his ability.