TARK….EVEN today, if LA BOMBA fought MIKKEL KESSLER, I would favour Kessler to win and probably by stoppage. I may be totally wrong as I am basing this on watching his 9 round win over pacifist JAMES McGIRT JR.
La Bomba, was easy to hit, confused himself with his own shot selection and whether or not he fought orthodoxy/ southpaw and worst of all throws slow, wide, looping punches from the outside.
Pluses, good punch output, good engine and good uppercuts inclose and ability to dictate the pace of a fight.
He must have improved immeasurably from that win over Mr. Pacifist who was told by his dad BUDDY McGIRT that he was going to be pulled out, because he was neither punching, nor avoiding getting punched in the face.
Anyway, Kessler IMHO would tear his head off….Punches too hard, too much volume, too sneaky and would dig those vicious body shots that Rodriguez wouldn’t be able to defend….Just ask COBRA and BRIAN McGEE….Posted November 16, 2013 5:48 pm
Calzaghe.., “If I miss any punches it will be my own fault. Kessler doesn’t duck anything.”
Ward.., “People looked at my level of experience versus his and made him the favorite. They didn’t ask, ‘Which guy can actually box.’ “Posted November 16, 2013 1:01 pm
It’s Me, Ernie
Kessler and Dawson were world cers TarPosted November 16, 2013 3:19 am
Calling Kessler terrible though is just hyperbolePosted November 15, 2013 6:19 pm
Fair enough Kessler isn`t an excellent “boxer” per se in the classic mould, he doesn`t have a great jab, isn`t a smooth defender or mover – but his gameplan isn`t winning rounds it is finding ways to land fight changing powerpunches – and he is actually pretty good at that.
I wouldn`t point to Kessler as being evidence of Ward dealing with a boxer, I`d point to him as Ward being able to nullify a powerful attacker.Posted November 15, 2013 6:18 pm
I can’t stand this ” SOG ” crapPosted November 15, 2013 5:46 pm
However… Rodriguez is as least better than anyone Ward has faced.
He’s not going to be the test though. The test is Kovalev.Posted November 15, 2013 5:24 pm
He doesn’t rate anybody obviously… I rate only Ward at SMW… Only Kovalev at LHW…
That is among Top-10 P4P … They should meet. It would be a great fight.Posted November 15, 2013 5:22 pm
Not really sure what the point of this article is….????Posted November 15, 2013 5:06 pm
Chambers, so who do you rate at SMW? Obviously not Frochor Kessler,
Some guys here crack me up. Tell us, who do you rate?Posted November 15, 2013 3:59 pm
@Tark you must be on some hard drugs if you truly believe your own post. What a heap of bullcrap!!!Posted November 15, 2013 3:38 pm
Ward is horrible to watch and like many have said, his opposition was always weak. The boxtards want to put all this hype on the S-uper six win, but what the heck did he win. Ward faced off with weak opposition— in that of bika green and abe. Kessler and dirrell were the only names worth a look at and that showing against Kessler was a bad b-movie. Anyway and here we go with all the zero protection with a guy like rodriguez.Posted November 15, 2013 3:04 pm
“Excellent boxers such as Mikkel Kessler and Chad Dawson.”
Kessler is a terrible boxer and Chad Dawson was weight drained and China-chinned… Ward is indeed a great boxer and fighter. But he hasn’t faced a real good all around fighter yet. I would suggest Sergei Kovalev, who Hopkins is also avoiding.
Ward even said Hopkins is “no test” and not from his generation… He said he would rather fight younger guys from his own generation than beat up Hopkins — who Chad Dawson already beat up.
Kovalev is that guy from his generation. He’s that challenge.. A guy who can box, punch, defend, and nail Andre’s ass to the floor.Posted November 15, 2013 2:45 pm
Yes, his fighing name is just wrong, but he’s an incredibly skilled boxer. Sure, he fights at home ridiculously often, and God knows why he is still using dirty tricks now and then, but he definitely is the best boxer at SMW right now. I’m sure it won’t be his cherry that’ll be picked this saturday.Posted November 15, 2013 2:36 pm
Dont get excited.
Andre Ward fighting a cherry pick fight to protect the zero.
Andre Ward P4P list= JOKEPosted November 15, 2013 2:35 pm
I can’t stand this ” SOG ” crap with Andre WardPosted November 15, 2013 11:53 am
its easier just to ignore Ward as most boxing fans does.Posted November 15, 2013 11:27 am