On Showtime tonight the Super Six Classic returns with Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) against titleholder Andre Ward. It’s the final bout of Stage Two in the competition. Green is making his Super Six debut, after replacing Jermain Taylor. Green feels that he should’ve been originally selected to participate in the Super Six, and hopes to show everyone that he was right tonight. Andre Ward is perhaps the best fighter in the Super Six though. He is coming off a dominating performance against Mikkel Kessler, where he won the WBA super middleweight championship. Tonight Ward defends his title for the first time.
Allan Green is a powerful guy. He has 20 KOs in his 29 victories. However, most of his stoppages have come against mostly marginal talent. Wins against Rubin Williams and Carl Daniels are nothing to gloat about. But Green is an extremely confident fighter. He feels that he’s always the stronger man in the ring, and that he can out punch you. In his last bout against Tarvis Simms, Green did show more boxing ability, but Simms is 39 and not great competition. Against Ward, Green will be the slightly bigger guy. His speed and defense are average, but he has proved to be an effective and powerful counter puncher. Andre Ward throws a lot of punches, so Green is going to need to box effectively to keep the fight close. If he starts the fight trying to knock Ward out with one-punch then Green’s night could be over early.
For Andre Ward, a victory over Allan Green tonight will almost guarantee him a spot in the elimination rounds of the Super Six. To me, Ward has proved to be the best fighter in the competition. His performance against Mikkel Kessler has been one of the most dominant and impressive victories of the entire tournament. In the fight, Ward showed a mean streak that few analysts thought he had. He came out and pulverized a Kessler with stunning power and speed. Ward is a power puncher that throws a large amount of shots. He has good footwork, and about average speed and defense in the ring. He will look to outbox Green, and smother him with his power and punching volume.
To me, on paper, this is perhaps the most lopsided of all the previous Super Six match-ups. Ward is a superior talent who’s beaten some elite competition, while Green is a good fighter that hasn’t beaten anyone relevant. Green does have excellent power though, which gives him the clichéd ‘puncher’s chance’. However, Ward is too skilled and too powerful. He should have a great night tonight.
Ward by late round stoppage. TKO 10.
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