news Friday, 31 May 2013

Andre Ward would consider fighting Carl Froch at the O2

Fighting The Cobra in London would be a challenge

I don't have to come to the UK but it's something I would entertain

FORGET fanciful talk of a Wembley Stadium showdown, Andre Ward says he would consider meeting Carl Froch at the same O2 Arena where Nottingham’s “Cobra” recently got revenge over Mikkel Kessler.

“At this stage in my career, I’m open to entertain anything,” Ward insists. “The misconception with the Super Six, a lot of people said, ‘Mikkel Kessler had to come to Oakland.’ Kessler was in the driver’s seat, he was the champion and had way more leverage than I had. But he didn’t believe that a young kid with 20 fights, he’d had more knockouts that I’d had fights, he couldn’t see me beating him, so he took the risk to come to Oakland. Everyone makes a big deal about him coming to Oakland but nobody makes a big deal about me having to face the best fighter in that group of guys in my very first fight.

“Even with Froch, he was very clear about him having to come to the United States to become that star that he wanted to be. I don’t have to come to the UK but it’s something I would entertain. I love the UK fans and somewhere like O2 Arena, I think it would be huge. I’m a competitive individual and that would be a challenge in and of itself. It would just have to be the right situation from a business standpoint.”

Ward does not feel he needs Froch, either from a business standpoint or because there was any controversy in their first bout, won by “S.O.G” on points in 2011. But the undefeated American former Olympic champion wants to please the fans and the chance to defeat the Briton even more clearly appeals to him.

 “Being the individual that I am, if it’s a fight that the fans want to see, if it’s in demand, then I would be willing to make the fight,” Ward asserted. “Froch has his reasons on why he didn’t perform but I went in the fight wounded [with a broken left hand]. I didn’t love the performance but I knew I could do better.”

For extensive coverage of the Froch-Kessler rematch and exclusive content get this week's Boxing News

Like Froch, I could perform better in a rematch
Author : Danny Flexen


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