Andre Ward didn't thrill, but he won last night against Arthur Abraham. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Quick Results from Last Night
- Andre Ward won a wide decision over Arthur Abraham in the Super Six semifinals, and Chris Arreola stopped Nagy Aguilera in three, which I saw on what I believe was a Portuguese feed while Showtime bored viewers into a trance with a replay of Pacquiao vs Mosley.
- Hugo Ruiz won a 12-round decision against Francisco "Panchito" Arce in Los Mochis. The pictures are more exciting than Ward vs Abraham.
- Cristian Mijares retained his super flyweight trinket with a virtual shutout win over late opponent Carlos Rueda.
Andre Ward: Froch or Johnson?
This isn't about what you think will happen in the June 4 fight between Carl Froch and Glen Johnson, it's a question about what fight you think provides the most excitement in the looming Super Six World Boxing Classic final fight.
The way I figure it, Carl Froch is in his prime, is a good fighter, an underrated tactician, and he's also a pretty smart fighter. In terms of physical attributes, I don't think he's Ward's equal. But then neither is Johnson, who is in his 40s, and it's nice that he's here because everyone likes Glen Johnson, but we've perhaps gone a bit batty over him beating Allan Green.
Johnson, though, strikes me as a fighter who has over the years seen just about everything Ward brings to the table. Speed, roughhouse tactics, a good jab, good ring IQ. The question in that case, I think, would be whether or not Johnson at his age can keep up with that stuff anymore. Froch can hold pace with Ward, I think. Johnson, I'm not so sure.
But that's why they fight each other to earn the right to fight Ward.
So who's the best next opponent in your mind, right now? Savvy old dog Johnson, or prime and tough Froch? What's the tougher and better fight for Andre Ward?
After the jump: Your Sunday morning hangover Song of the Day.
Song of the Day
"Streams of Whiskey" by The Pogues.