Ward says he’d whip Froch again if he dares to take him on once more
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) has no problem with the idea of facing IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (29-1, 21 KO’s) again if he wants to step up and take another whipping from him. However, Ward doesn’t think Froch wants any part of facing him again after getting spanked last December in the Super Six tournament finals.
Ward said to the Daily Mail “That performance [against Lucian Bute] would not change anything if we fight again. When I beat him, Carl conceded that he lost to the better man. But cine then he has been excusing the defeat by saying he was much more fully focused and on his game against Bute. I don’t buy into that…He was in the best shape of his life [for me].”
I agree with Ward. Froch has been making a heck of a lot of excuses about not being at the top of his game for the Ward fight. If Froch wasn’t at the top of his game, then why wasn’t he? I don’t believe for a second that Froch wasn’t in the best possible condition. I think what happened was that Froch had no idea how to fight on the inside, and once Ward took the fight in close, Froch was basically a bigger version of Amir Khan, totally in the dark with what to do.
In a rematch it would be the same. Ward would duck under Froch’s slow shots, get in close, and pound him for prolonged periods of time. Froch would probably look at the referee for help, as if inside fighting isn’t a legal way of fighting.I couldn’t believe Froch was looking at the referee when Ward was pounding him on the inside last December. What did Froch expect the referee to do? Did he think the referee would come over to Ward and tell him that it’s not legal for him to work on the inside? That’s the thing. Froch can be in the best shape of his life in a rematch against Ward, but he’ll still lose because he’s too slow, too inept on the inside and too wide open defensively.
Ward feels that neither Froch nor Mikkel Kessler want to face him again and risk getting spanked once more. I kind of have to agree with Mr. Ward. If Froch and Kessler wanted to avenge their losses, the fight would have been made. Their better off avoiding Ward, because he would only batter both fighters again, even in front of their own home crowds.