The Super Six World Boxing Classic resumes this weekend with what looks to be a one-sided matchup between WBA World Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward and challenger Allan Green. This wasn't the matchup that was on the Super Six schedule when it was first drawn up.
Ward was supposed to face Jermain Taylor in his second-round Super Six match, but after Taylor withdrew from the tournament he was replaced by Green. Ward shouldn't have a problem with the substitute opponent, as oddsmakers have listed him as a heavy favorite in the bout at -600.
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In his Super Six debut back in November, Ward won the WBA World Super Middleweight title after defeating Mikkeal Kessler by unanimous decision. The fight was halted and sent to the judges in the 11th round due to bad cuts on Kessler's face caused by what were deemed to be unintentional head butts from Ward.
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Even without the early stoppage the fight was easily in the bag for Ward, who was well ahead on all the judges’ scorecards with less than two rounds remaining. The win over Kessler served to maintain Ward's unblemished professional boxing record. He is a lifetime 21-0 with 13 wins by knockout, and is a definite candidate to stay undefeated and win the Super Six tournament.
Green enters Saturday's fight on a six-fight win streak, but he'll likely find it difficult to keep the streak going as a +400 underdog versus Ward. Green last stepped into the ring in October when he scored a unanimous decision over Tarvis Simms. He stands at 29-1 lifetime with 20 wins by knockout.
Ward is heavily favored by the oddsmakers for good reasons – including a stronger chin, better maneuvering skill, and a more damaging puncher – and he should have little trouble dealing with Green this weekend. Green has some good power, but not enough to drop Ward in one punch. Green will need to land a number of heavy blows to put Ward down, and it's highly unlikely the Ward (also the better defender) will let that happen.
Regardless of the outcome on Saturday night, both fighters’ next opponents in the Super Six are already determined. Ward will face Andre Dirrell in the third round, while Green's next opponent will be Kessler.