Ward wants to whip Froch a second time
By Scott Gilfoid: Andre Ward smells blood after seeing IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch take a beating against George Groves last November. Ward saw how Froch was knocked flat on his backside in the 1st round, and how he rose to his feet on drunken legs that could barely carry him. Ward wants to get Froch in the ring now so that he can not only whip him, but put him out of his misery with a knockout.
Froch hasn’t revealed what his plans are for his next fight, but I wouldn’t expect that a fight with Ward is high on his list. You can probably add Groves’ name to that as well, because I can’t see Froch ever little the young Groves back in the ring with him after barely getting by him last November.
Ward is hoping Froch will do the right thing by either giving Groves a rematch or fight him in a rematch. If Froch says no to both of those fights, Ward may choose to fight Groves himself.
“Froch either has to go back to Groves and right the wrong, or hes gotta come see me or he’s gonna lose credibility,” Ward said to Fighthype.
I think Froch’s credibility is already in the process of going down the drain before he’s even made a decision about what he’s going to do next. It’s not as if Froch handled the post-fight interview and press conference well with the comments he made. Froch has made it pretty clear that he doesn’t feel that Groves deserves a rematch, despite boxing fans being up in arms about how the fight ended prematurely.
For some reason Froch can’t see what the fans see when he watches his fight with Groves over on replay. He doesn’t see how referee Howard John Foster jumped on Groves while he was still fighting back. He doesn’t see that he actually bumped into Groves causing him to fall into the ropes. He doesn’t see that Groves was dominating the entire fight and likely would have won going away. I think Froch sees what he wants to see.
I think the only way they’ll get Froch back in the ring with Ward is if they drag him into the ring and make sure he stays there. Froch doesn’t seem to want any part of fighting the talented Ward again, especially now that his left hand has healed and he can use it. In their fight in 2011, Ward went into the fight with a fractured left hand that he kept quiet about because he didn’t want the fight postponed again. As it turns out, Ward only needed one hand to dominate Froch and win an easy decision.
I wish I could say that Froch will give both Ward and Groves a rematch, but I don’t see that happening. I see Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn setting up Froch in a unification bout against WBC super middleweight champion Sabio Bika now that he’s been softened up by Anthony Dirrell from their recent fight.