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Ward Is Out To Prove How ‘Great’ He Is


Froch and  Ward Ready For Final Countdown
Froch and Ward Ready For Final Countdown

WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and WBC king Carl Froch kicked off a three-city international press tour today at Promoter Matchroom Sport’s palatial headquarters in Brentwood, Essex, just outside London.

Less than 10 weeks out from the culmination of Showtime’s groundbreaking Super Six tournament final, the British boxing media gathered in Essex to speak to both boxers ahead of their unification battle.

American born WBA champion Andre Ward was pleased to be back in England and is looking forward to the facing Froch in the Super Six final.

"This is my first time back in England since 2001 when I fought with the U.S. team against the U.K,” said Ward. “I get quite a bit of fan mail from here so I know not every Brit is against me.

“This is what we, as fighters, dream of. It’s what we fight for. This one is for all the marbles.

Ward added: “When I started in this tournament everyone had questions about me. Everyone had doubts. Now, there are some people that say I’m the favorite, but I don’t feel that way. I still have that chip on my shoulder.

At the start of the Super Six tournament Ward was pretty much unproven but he fully expected to get to the final. “We know why we’re here,” said a confident Ward. “I expected from the beginning to make it to The Final.

"And slowly but surely we made believers out of a lot of people that doubted me. But I would not call either one of us ‘great’, Carl nor I. That term is thrown around too loosely today. You have to earn that and that’s what I want to do, to earn that name ’great.’ This is the kind of fight you have to fight and win in order to be considered ‘great.’”

Froch too is out to prove his greatness and is also fully aware how important it is to win the tournament and be crowned the world’s No.1 super-middleweight


“This has been a fantastic tournament by Showtime Sports,” said Froch. “Some have said that it has taken too long or that it’s been drawn out. But these fights that were made possible in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, with the six best guys out there, would not have happened had we not had the tournament.

“And The Final is what a top sport is all about; we have the two best fighters facing off for it all. That’s what this tournament has delivered.

“I have set myself up for 10 solid weeks of training. I’m solely focused on claiming this hardware and bringing it back to England where it will remain for a long, long time.

Froch added: “I owe a big thanks to Eddie Hearn. I feel as though there’s been a weight lifted from my shoulders. He takes care of all the business and I am free to focus on the fight and prepare for Octer. 29.

“I have not been impressed with Andre and his level of opposition. Look at his record. He’s fought good fighters but not at the level where we are now. The only opponent that is up there on his record is Mikkel Kessler. And I watched that fight. I didn’t care for it, to be honest. I didn’t like that Mikkel had to travel with his title only to have Andre throwing his head around in there, causing the cuts and such.

“On Oct. 29, as long as it’s a clean, fair fight I am not worried about Ward. He has no power whatsoever. And his hand speed, sure it’s fast, but even he’ll tell you it’s not as fast as Andre Dirrell’s. And I handled Dirrell quite easily.”

Ward responded to these comments saying, “I’ve been in boxing for a long time, over 15 years; I know what he’s doing. He has to do this in his mind, he has to minimize me. Minimize my accomplishments and performances. And that’s ok. I understand. I’ll just remind him that we have a date set. October 29, that will come soon enough and we’ll see.”

August 22, 2011



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