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Weighing in: Trainers break down Ward-Abraham

WEIGHING IN

Three notable trainers pick the winner of the big fight (or fights) of the weekend in this RingTV.com feature. This week: Emanuel Steward, Abel Sanchez, and Ken Adams break down tonight’s Andre Ward-Arthur Abraham super middleweight title bout at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

 

EMANUEL STEWARD (trains RING heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, junior middleweight titleholder Miguel Cotto and former light heavyweight beltholder Chad Dawson)

“I see Ward winning a very comfortable decision. I have to favor him. The momentum of both fighters, the styles, the location, everything favors Ward.

“Ward is a master at winning and he’s that way because he’s such a smart, disciplined boxer who minimizes his risks. Abraham’s style of coming forward and picking his spots to punch isn’t going to get Ward off his focus.

“I hope it’s a more entertaining fight than I think it will be, but I see a very technical fight.”

Prediction: Ward by unanimous decision.

 

ABEL SANCHEZ (trains undefeated middleweight belthodler Gennady Golovkin, lightweight contender Urbano Antillon and unbeaten prospects Frankie Gomez and Sergey Kovalev)

“I favor Ward. In his mind he’s on top of his game. I’m not sure what’s going on in Abraham’s mind, but he’s been making excuses coming into this fight, and he and his people arrived late to California, which isn’t good.

“I question if super middleweight is really the weight for Abraham. I think he might be a little too small for these world-class 168 pounders that he’s had to face in the Super Six.

“I think Ward will impose himself on Abraham the way he did Allan Green, only he won’t crowd him the way he did with Green. I think Ward will keep the fight on the outside and be so busy that he’ll overwhelm Abraham.

“Abraham is strong for a former middleweight and he can be a little dirty, so I don’t think Ward will risk an inside fight. But I don’t think Ward will let Abraham rest. He’ll take it to him.

“I think Ward realizes that he needs to make a statement, that he has to do more than just win. He might win by stopping Abraham. It’s possible that he’ll make Abraham quit. I think Ward can make it an easy fight or a very interesting fight for the fans, but I definitely see him winning.”

Prediction: Ward by decision or late stoppage.

 

KEN ADAMS (trains undefeated prospects Sharif Bogere, Michael Finney and Trevor McCumby)

“I favor Ward because of his speed and because there’s so much confidence in him after his last three fights. I think he’s getting better with each fight. Against (Sakio) Bika he was more aggressive than I’ve seen him but his defense was better than ever.

“It’s going to be a tough battle because Abraham is so strong, but Ward knows how to box smart. I think he’ll beat Abraham to the punch, and keep turning him and turning him. You never know, Abraham might walk into a punch that knocks him out.

“Ward will have to be careful, but I think he will and his speed will control the fight.”

Prediction: Ward by unanimous decision. 

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