QUOTE (Blayde @ Apr 10 2009, 09:16 AM)
And after a victory against Miranda Ward would definitely be in the mix in that great division. Some great things coming up there with Froch, Taylor, Bute, Andrade, Ward and Dirrell. Hopefully Kessler will be able to fight again, too... And hopefully someone will take that WBO mandatory shot. I dont think Universum is interested in putting up Balszay against a strong opponent.
He's a WBO champ, what do you expect? The WBO is a kiss of death for a world class fighter, even a great one like Joe Calzaghe was lumbered with it for years before he finally got credit when fighting for one of the main belts.
As for Ward-Miranda...this is exactly the kind of fight young guys should be taking.
By now, Ward should have had DOUBLE the amount of fights he's actually had and should have fought one or two Miranda-types. Even if he'd lost once or twice, it would have held him in good stead for the future. That big, fat, shiny '0' on the end of a record simply means to me a fighter hasn't been matched dangerously enough. There's someone out there to beat EVERY fighter if they're taking on enough challenges.
I'll go for Ward UD...but if he loses it's not the end of the world, he has the talent to become a champion and a loss or two shouldn't stop that unless there are serious chin issues.