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Nathan Cleverly v Robin Krasniqi and Dereck Chisora v Hector Avila – LIVE

LIVE BOXING: Nathan Cleverly v Robin Krasniqi and Dereck Chisora v Hector Avila

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Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

03:00 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

19:17 GMT, 20 April 2013

Nathan Cleverly fights on home soil for the first time in 14 months when he takes on his mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi over 12 rounds at Wembley Arena.

The WBO light-heavyweight champion is joined on a stacked card by Dereck Chisora, Liam Walsh and Scott Harrison along with a number of promising young fighters.

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8.15pm: Harrison's punches are beginning to carry an air of desperation as Walsh slips and slides his way out of trouble while landing his own to the body. He has extended his lead as we enter the penultimate round.

8.05pm: Halfway through this 10-round contest and I have Walsh just in front. He's landing more accurately, even if Harrison looks to be throwing more punches.

8pm: The saying goes that a boxer's power is the last skill to go and if that is the case, Harrison could be heading for the retirement home. He lands a left hook flush in the fourth but Walsh laughs it off.

I get the feeling that Walsh will be happy to take this into the later rounds when his superior stamina should come into play.

Early action: Liam Walsh (right) misses with a right against Scott Harrison

Early action: Liam Walsh (right) misses with a right against Scott Harrison

7.50pm: Harrison started well in the opening round and looked to land the right hand. Walsh's left eye was cut after a clash of heads but the Scot did enough to take the session.

Walsh was livelier in the second and Harrison was admonished by the referee for failing to stop when requested. The champion then had the better of the exchanges.

7.40pm: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of a packed card at Wembley Arena in London.

Scott Harrison has just made his entrance ahead of his clash with WBO European champion Liam Walsh.

The Glaswegian takes on the unbeaten 26-year-old in his third fight since returning from a near seven-year absence.

Great Britain's Nathan Cleverly (left) is pulled away as he faces his challenger Germany's Robert Krasniqi

Steven Gerrard put in a masterful performance against Fulham

Rolling back the years: Gerrard puts on a masterclass in 4-0 rout of Fulham

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22:10 GMT, 23 December 2012

It was a moment that provided a reminder of a glorious past but one which also offered a tantalising glimpse of what the future may hold.

As Steven Gerrard surged on to a perfectly weighted ball from Stewart Downing then smashed a drive inexorably past Mark Schwarzer, he gave a demonstration of the skills which have consistently set him apart and also reinforced the point that, contrary to what some of his detractors may think, he remains one of the most influential midfielders in the Barclays Premier League.

Masterclass: Gerrard (pictured) scored one, set up two and covered a whopping 6.31 miles in Saturday's 4-0 rout of Fulham

Masterclass: Gerrard (pictured) scored one and set up two in Saturday's 4-0 rout of Fulham

This was comfortably Gerrard's finest display of the campaign. Aside from providing two assists in the 4-0 demolition of Fulham, nobody ran further than the 6.31miles he covered and another example of his current well-being can be seen in the fact he has played in every minute of Liverpool's 18 Premier League games.

Gerrard only has 18 months left on his current contract but this was the type of performance that showed why – even at 32 – Liverpool can ill-afford to be without him and it left Brendan Rodgers adamant that a new deal should be drawn up for their talismanic captain.

'He was at the top of his game,' Rodgers observed after a rout which was completed by Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez.

Goal: Gerrard's goal come from a wonderful reverse pass from the rejuvenated Stewart Downing

Goal: Gerrard's goal come from a wonderful reverse pass from the rejuvenated Stewart Downing

'The mixture of his short passing and long passing was perfect, and he got his goal. I have no qualms about him whatsoever.

'He is right up there as one of the most influential midfielders in the Premier League; he's at the top in chances created, passing, possession all the important things.

'I find it incredible he can have had any criticism at all. It is absolutely ridiculous.

Stamina: The 6.31miles he covered was more than any other player on the pitch

Stamina: The whopping 6.31miles Gerrard covered was more than any other player on the pitch

'He may not be getting the goals he did five or six years ago, but that doesn't stop you influencing the game, and his influence for me – and especially once he was starting to understand what I'm looking for – has been absolutely top class, up there with the very best.

'We are improving, we are growing, and he has influenced that. He is vital to us, and I recognise that.

'I know he has 18 months left on his contract, but I would want him to go beyond that for this club and this team.

'I want him to stay beyond his current contract. There is absolutely no question about that.'

Rodgers, clearly, has never had any doubts about Gerrard but the same cannot be said of Downing, who was told last month he was free to leave in January if Liverpool received the right offer but with just eight days until the window opens, the England winger may have earned himself a reprieve.

Downing was outstanding against Fulham. Aside from creating Gerrard's goal, he got one of his own and caused havoc on the flanks with his pace and trickery.

It was particularly intriguing to see him perform like this, given that Daniel Sturridge is potentially ear-marked for Downing's role once his 12million move from Chelsea is officially ratified.

This type of performance showed why Kenny Dalglish was so desperate to spend 20million to bring him from Aston Villa.

Sturridge underwent a medical on Merseyside yesterday after several minor glitches in the deal were ironed out but Downing is in no mood to surrender his spot after describing the moment Rodgers told him he could go as being 'the kick up the ****' he needed.

Silenced: Stewart Downing silenced his critics with his first league goal for Liverpool since his 20m move from Aston Villa last August

Silenced: Stewart Downing silenced his critics with his first league goal and first league assist for Liverpool since his 20m move from Aston Villa last August

'I want to stay,' said Downing. 'I never wanted to leave but I was out of the team, I was frustrated and in that situation you have to look at something if it crops up.

'The only thing I can do is play well and make him keep me here. All I am trying to do is make him pick me for the team and stay in the team.

'If I keep playing like I did against Fulham, that will happen.'

Sir Alex Ferguson replacement known at Manchester United, says Ed Woodward

Some shoes to fill! United claim they have list of names to replace Fergie… but it's under lock and key at Old Trafford

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15:07 GMT, 23 October 2012

Manchester United have revealed that plans for Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement have already been discussed… and locked in a drawer at Old Trafford.

Vice-chairman Ed Woodward claims the list is known by a select view despite no date being set for the Scot to end his long reign at the helm.

He said: 'We have a view as to what that process [appointing a new manager] will look like in terms of finding a replacement and what type of manager we want and how and when we'll go about it.

Out of work: Pep Guardiola

Out of work: Pep Guardiola

Close to home: David Moyes

Close to home: David Moyes

Wants it: Jose Mourinho

Wants it: Jose Mourinho

'But it's in the drawer and long may it stay in the drawer.'

Names like Jose Mourinho and Pep
Guardiola, as well as David Moyes, have long been linked with the top
job at England's most successful club for when Ferguson eventually moves
aside. However, it remains some way away.

Speaking earlier this year at the celebrations for his 25th year, the 70-year-old said: 'I don't know how long I can last now but if my health stays up I don't think another two or three years would harm me any.

I'm the boss: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently celebrated 25 years at the helm

I'm the boss: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently celebrated 25 years at the helm

I'm the boss: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently celebrated 25 years at the helm
Pack your bags, lads…

Manchester United are considering touring Australia – where Alessandro del Piero and Emile Heskey currently play – and India next summer.

The club would support proposals for a Premier League wage cap.

The Glazers will NOT sell the club for 'many, many years' despite ongoing interest.

United will continue to buy established stars, if that is what Sir Alex wants.

'I think you need stamina in my job. I
am blessed with that. I'll know when I'm not enjoying it and if I got
to a point when I wasn't enjoying it I would definitely do it (retire).

'But I think you always want to go out on a winning note. Hopefully we can do that.'

Quite against Woodward's claims, Ferguson was adamant there have been no discussions about his thoughts on a successor.

'Never discussed it – it is a dangerous game,' was his response. 'At this moment in time there are about half-a-dozen managers doing very well in the Premier League, all the others are fighting for their lives.

'Is that going to be the same in two or three years' time when I'm ready to quit Some may have lost their job.'

Euro 2012: Which players would be good Premier League signings?

Come and join us: Sportsmail's experts spot the stars who could light up next season's Premier League

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 15 June 2012

These 10 stars are the hot property on show at Euro 2012. Here, Sportsmail’s team of reporters, on the ground in Ukraine and Poland, identify the players Barclays Premier League scouts should be recommending to their bosses. Prepare to see one of these men at an English ground near you soon…

Ian Ladyman:

Mats Hummels (Germany)

Position: Centre back Age: 23 Club: Borussia Dortmund

Scout's report: Joachim Low’s team came into this tournament with some pundits predicting their defence would be their achilles heel. Hummels has proved them wrong so far. Schooled at Bayern Munich, but honed at Borussia Dortmund — he has just signed a new five-year contract to remain with the German champions. These days, few clubs are willing to commit for that length of time unless the player has something special. Tall, quick and mobile, he has all the attributes to play at the highest level for years to come.

Value: 20m

He'd fit in at… Arsenal, Manchester City.

Mats Hummels

Lukasz Piszczek

Mats Hummels and Lukasz Piszczek

Lukasz Piszczek (Poland)

Position: Right back Age: 27 Club: Borussia Dortmund

Scout’s report: An attacking right back, this guy is a sprinter with a footballer’s brain. Comfortable in both halves of the field, he also has the stamina and aggression necessary for the Premier League. Last season he signed a contract extension keeping him at Dortmund until 2016. While Poland’s captain Jakub Błaszczykowski and striker Robert Lewandowski have attracted most transfer speculation, Piszczek has begun to earn a lot of attention. His raids down the right are a feature of his game and his pace and touch have shone.

Value: 12m

He’d fit in at… He’s classy enough to play for Manchester United or Chelsea.

Neil Ashton:

Holger Badstuber (Germany)

Position: Centre back Age: 23 Club: Bayern Munich

Scout’s Report: An exceptional left-footed defender. Classy and composed on the ball, he has an excellent reading of the game. He started his career at full back so he can operate in wider areas. He needs to work on his finishing when he goes forward for set pieces, judging by the header he put straight at the goalkeeper in Germany’s game against Holland.

Value: 15m

He’d fit in at… Manchester United or Arsenal. His versatility would definitely be a bonus for Arsene Wenger, given the manager’s difficulties in defence last season. And you never know, he might even make compatriot Per Mertesacker look a decent player!

Holger Badstuber

Roman Shirokov

Holger Badstuber and Roman Shirokov

Roman Shirokov (Russia)

Position: Midfielder Age: 30 Club: Zenit St Petersburg

Scout’s Report: The facts behind the 30-year-old’s controversial career appear stranger than fiction. He has faked injury, argued with coaches, been reprimanded for drinking, spent some time in the army and been tossed on to the footballers’ scrapheap before working his way back up.

Converted from centre half to midfielder, he is in the best form of his life. An outspoken critic on Twitter, he even called fans of his own club ‘morons’ after they disrupted a Champions League game with firecrackers. Scored a delightful goal against the Czechs and has blossomed under Dick Advocaat.

Value: 8m

He’d fit in at… Liverpool or Chelsea

Michael Walker:

Claudio Marchisio (Italy)

Position: Midfielder Age: 26 Club: Juventus

Scout’s Report: A dynamic presence in the centre of the park, Marchisio has been with Juventus his entire career. He won his first senior cap in 2009 and has since established himself as a key member of Cesare Prandelli’s team. He played in six Euro 2012 qualifiers and grabbed a vital goal in the 1-1 draw with Serbia last October. Recognised as a quality passer of the ball, he has the nickname of Il Principino — The Little Prince — and began his career as a striker in the Juve youth team. Marchisio contributed nine League goals in the Old Lady’s march towards the Serie A title.

Value: Minimum 15m

He’d fit in at… Tottenham post-Modric, Manchester United.

Claudio Marchisio

Vaclav Pilar

Claudio Marchisio and Vaclav Pilar

Vaclav Pilar (Czech Republic)

Position: Wide midfield, winger Age: 23 Club: Wolfsburg

Scout’s Report: Scored twice already for the Czechs in the tournament. He was a lone threat against Russia but showed great willing as well as skill. At 5ft 7in, he’s called the ‘Czech Messi’ back home and has worked hard at Euro 2012 to prove he deserves such an illustrious nickname. It is known that former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is impressed by Pilar after their clubs met in the Champions League.

Value: 4-5m

He’d fit in at… Aston Villa, Sunderland.

Matt Barlow:

William Kvist (Denmark)

Position: Holding midfielder Age: 27 Club: Stuttgart

Scout’s Report: Defensive midfielders appear to be all the rage at this championship. Kvist might claim he is more than that, but there has been little doubt as to his effectiveness in Morten Olsen’s side. Like many of Denmark’s top players, he made his way to Copenhagen, although he was originally used as a right back. He made the headlines following Denmark’s opening success over Holland — claiming that he was ‘pinched’ by Mark van Bommel. It might not be too long before clubs in England are looking to do likewise.

Value: 5m

He’d fit in at… Fulham or Everton. Any team seeking a protective midfielder.

William Kvist

Mathieu Debuchy

William Kvist and Mathieu Debuchy

Mathieu Debuchy (France)

Position: Right back Age: 26 Club: Lille

Scout’s Report: When Bacary Sagna suffered a broken leg in Arsenal’s last home match of the season, football fans in France knew something the rest of us didn’t – Debuchy could play. His man-of-the-match display against England shows that Sagna has a fight on his hands to regain his position. Debuchy has played for just one club but his exposure to Champions League games this season will certainly have added to his confidence and value.

Value: 8m

He’d fit in at… Newcastle lead the chase, but most big clubs with attacking full backs will fancy him.

Colin Young:

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)

Position: Midfielder Age: 24 Club: Sevilla

Scout’s Report: Ireland could not live with Luka Modric’s positioning and slick passing once he shifted through the gears in Poznan on Sunday night. And it was Rakitic who benefited most from the Irish team’s inability to hinder Modric’s freedom. Either taking up wide positions on the right or slipping into dangerous positions behind Stephen Ward, the Sevilla midfielder created all sorts of problems with his Beckham-style crossing. He’s not a conventional winger but certainly a player who would not look out of place in the Premier League.

Value: 7m

He’d fit in at… Would certainly do a job at Manchester United or Arsenal.

Ivan Rakitic

Alan Dzagoev

Ivan Rakitic and Alan Dzagoev

Alan Dzagoev (Russia)

Position: Forward Age: 21 Club: CSKA Moscow

Scout’s Report: Joint top scorer at Euro 2012 after three goals in Russia’s two games, Dzagoev is definitely on the radar of Europe’s top clubs now. But anyone who saw Russia’s qualifying campaign would know that the energetic forward is a skilful player who possesses the ability to divide defences and who can score a goal, too. Playing in that difficult-to-mark role behind the strikers, he is Arshavin with attitude — and his Russian advisers were putting his name to the big guns before the tournament.

Value: 15m and increasing

He’d fit in at… Already watched extensively by Arsenal.

Lion Na Bearnai wins the Irish Grand National

Lion Na Bearnai sees off Out Now to win the Irish Grand National

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16:54 GMT, 9 April 2012

Lion Na Bearnai provided trainer Tom Gibney and jockey Andrew Thornton with the biggest success of their careers in the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

A surprise winner of the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan, the 10-year-old showed stamina in abundance to see off Edward O’Grady’s Out Now after the last fence.

Gibney trains only a handful of horses near the track and Thornton is a 3lb claimer, proving that the big races can still be won by the smaller yards.

Getting to the line: Lion na Bearnai ridden by Andrew Thornton goes on to win the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National Steeplechase

Getting to the line: Lion na Bearnai ridden by Andrew Thornton goes on to win the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National Steeplechase

The winner returned at 33-1 and won by four and a half lengths. Jonjo O’Neill’s Alfie Sherrin ran another good race in third, with Paddy Pub fourth.

Arabella Boy, Deal Done and Whodoyouthink were all prominent until half a mile out when the closers began to take further interest.

Tony McCoy tried to get Groody Hill into the race but his effort was short lived, while the favourite Four Commanders was never sighted.

Leading the way: Lion na Bearnai ridden by Andrew Thornton goes on to win the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National

Leading the way: Lion na Bearnai ridden by Andrew Thornton goes on to win the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National

Silver lining: Jockey Andrew Thornton holds the trophy aloft after winning

Silver lining: Jockey Andrew Thornton holds the trophy aloft after winning

Other fancied runners like Allee Garde, Aigle D’Or, Glam Gerry and Lastoftheleaders never featured in a race where it paid not to be too far back.

Thornton took up the running early in the straight but looked a sitting duck for Out Now who was cruising under Paddy Mangan.

The pair jumped the last together but Lion Na Bearnai pulled out more for a famous win.

Gibney said: 'I only have the five horses and this is unbelievable, just brilliant.

'The last day was the real shock and we were confident coming here but we were afraid to say it.

'Andrew is a brilliant rider – much under-rated and he gave him a copybook ride, the whole thing was copybook. He is only a pony and anyone could ride him at home.'

Thornton added: 'That’s absolutely unbelievable and full credit to the horse.

'He is tough and he jumped like a stag. He is very gutsy and never put a foot wrong. I was squeezed for room at the fence in front of the stands but otherwise everything went great through the race.'

Manchester United"s Park Ji-sung asked to back frog saving campaign

Hopping mad! Park asked to support campaign to stop South Koreans eating frogs

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has been asked by to help protect the future of frogs in his native South Korea amid growing concerns about consumption rate in the country.

Park has been targeted by an environmental group after he once admitted to drinking juice made from boiled frogs to build his physique.

Lobby group 'Frogs Friends' said consumption of frog juice had surged since Park's 2006 autobiography in which he said he had drunk it as a tonic, and said they would lobby the international and Premier League star to join their campaign.

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Plea: Park Ji-sung admitted to drink frog juice in his youth to make him stronger

'I do not know if it is just coincidence but after it was revealed… that Park eats frogs as a means to boost his strength, the number of cases of illegal poaching of frogs and toads residing in mountains has increased,' campaign organiser Park Wan-hee said.

Since its establishment in 2007, Frog's Friends has been campaigning to stop Koreans killing amphibians for perceived health properties.

Park is South Korea's best known, and most popular, player and said that his father had fed him frog juice to boost his stamina.

'If Park joins our campaign to stop the practice, it would correct people's misconceptions about eating frogs, believing it will raise their stamina,' said the lobby group.

Sir Alex Ferguson has "two or three years left"

Three more years! Fergie rubbishes quit talk and vows to keep fighting

By
Sportsmail Reporter

Last updated at 1:30 AM on 21st February 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson feels he has another two or three years left in the job but would only retire on the back of a success.

The 70-year-old Scot had been due to step down a decade ago but has justified his change of heart by winning five more Premier League titles to complement the seven he already had and adding a second Champions League triumph.

He has also won the FA Cup and three League Cups during that time and although he knows the end is approaching he is determined to end on a high.

I'm still standing: Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to stay at Manchester United for two or three more years

I'm still standing: Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to stay at Manchester United for two or three more years

'The fact I have been successful means you don't want to be in an era when you are not successful. Expectation is huge,' said Ferguson. 'I don't know how long I can last now but if my health stays up I don't think another two or three years would harm me any.

'I think you need stamina in my job. I am blessed with that. I'll know when I'm not enjoying it and if I got to a point when I wasn't enjoying it I would definitely do it (retire).

'But I think you always want to go out on a winning note. Hopefully we can do that.'

And while he insists there is no other role for him directly involved in football after he leaves his Old Trafford post, he has no plans to fade into the background.

Next up Jose Mourinho has been touted as Fergie's replacement

Next up Jose Mourinho has been touted as Fergie's replacement

'I would definitely finish – but I would remain active,' he added in an interview on Radio 5. 'I think there would be a role at United after I finish.'

Anticipating the day of his departure has become something of a guessing game over the last 10 years and even the players, both old and new, have started asking questions.

'All the players or their agents ask me how long I've got left when they sign a contract,' he said. 'It becomes more difficult the longer it goes. The way David Gill (chief executive) answers it is by saying “He has no intention of retiring at the moment”.

But Ferguson, who himself is regarded as something of a king-maker within British football, is adamant there have been no discussions about his thoughts on a successor.

'Never discussed it – it is a dangerous game,' was his response. 'At this moment in time there are about half-a-dozen managers doing very well in the Premier League, all the others are fighting for their lives.

'Is that going to be the same in two or three years' time when I'm ready to quit Some may have lost their job.'

Ferguson believes even he would find it difficult were he to have his time at United again.

'I think United need to have someone experienced. If I was coming into United today I would struggle because of the beast it is,' he said.

'When I came in we were in a valley because Liverpool were the dominant team and United were well adrift from that so we had to rebuild the club and it wasn't easy, it took time.

Stand and deliver: Even if he quits the dugout, Sir Alex Ferguson will always be connected to Manchester United

Stand and deliver: Even if he quits the dugout, Sir Alex Ferguson will always be connected to Manchester United

'But the experience I had was the success from Aberdeen and that gave me a chance in terms of respect from the dressing room and gave me self-confidence I could do the job.

'If I was taken from the job in Aberdeen today it would be a much more difficult task even though I was successful.'

One of the secrets of Ferguson's success at United has been not only the way he has developed players but in the manner he has managed them as individuals.

Even though the age difference with some can be almost half-a-century he still has a way of connecting and cajoling the best from them.

'The thing about picking teams is I had experiences as a player I wouldn't want happening to my players,' he said. 'I tell them before why (they are not picked). By doing that you are giving them respect.

'All the players know they can trust me and I've had many come to me with personal problems which I would never reveal to anyone. You try to help if you can – sometimes they want an arm on their shoulder, sometimes they are asking something.

'And they can depend on that trust all their lives because they've been my player.'

Andre Ward is dazzling but Carl Froch has the power – Clinton McKenzie"s verdict

Clinton McKenzie: Ward is dazzling but watch out for the Cobra”s strike…

I have not been a great fan of Carl Froch”s way of fighting. It”s not the most entertaining, but he has a big heart and, crucially, a big punch.

Conversely, his opponent Andre Ward is flash, stylish, confident.

This clash of styles makes for a fascinating final of the Super Six, a super-middleweight tournament that seems to have gone on forever but reaches a fitting finale now.

I got the power: Carl Froch

I got the power: Carl Froch”s main assets and stamina and brute force

Stylish: WBA champion Andre Ward

Stylish: WBA champion Andre Ward

With the contest available to all Sky Sports viewers it gives Nottingham-born Froch an opportunity to perform in front of a wider audience, rather than on a pay-per-view outpost.

Ward, dazzling on his way to the final, faces his toughest opponent. If he tries to trade punches with Froch, it could be over quickly. Froch can bang, and Ward has to deal with that.

Froch”s power is unquestionably his greatest quality, but he also has stamina and can press deep into the fight.

I”ve written off Froch before, but this time I can see him winning late in the contest.

Clinton McKenzie is a former British and European light-welterweight champion

Here”s how the others see the final…

GLEN JOHNSON

Ward is very fast and a smart fighter. He has home advantage, which is important, although Froch can take punishment.

VERDICT: WARD

ALLAN GREEN

Ward is more athletic and talented
but Froch is grittier, stronger and
the harder puncher. It’s too
difficult to call.

VERDICT: 50/50

ANDRE DIRRELL

Ward’s switched his game plan for
every fight and it’s worked. He
knows how to handle and dissect
fighters.

VERDICT: WARD

ARTHUR ABRAHAM

I’ve faced them both over 12 rounds, so I know their abilities. Froch is tough but Ward is quick and good defensively.

VERDICT: WARD

MIKKEL KESSLER

Froch is strong and enjoys standing toe-to-toe. Ward is fast and sneaky, but Froch will win if he does his homework.

VERDICT: Froch

JERMAIN TAYLOR

Froch’s a warrior with a big heart,
he keeps going. Ward on the other hand is fast and undefeated.

VERDICT: A GOOD FINAL

These abridged verdicts are taken from the 16-page pullout in this week’s Boxing News