Froch and Ward go head to head
WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and WBC Super Middleweight king Carl Froch continued their three-city international press tour today, by going face to face in New York City
The pair are in New York to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic to be broadcast LIVE on Showtime on Saturday, Oct. 29
The event takes place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J and will air live 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic .
Below is what both fighters had to say on Tuesday:
“Thanks for coming out. I don’t know if this tournament and The Final would be what it is if it didn’t have the bumps in the road. Difficulties make you appreciate things. It’s fortitude. Thanks to Ken Hershman. There were several times I thought it was over but then I get a call saying we’re back on. Don’t get frustrated by the journey; enjoy the ride.
“If Carl feels like he can’t let go of his belt and I feel the same way about mine, it will be a tremendous night of boxing.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity; I’ve said that from day one that I’m not surprised to be here.
’m not dismayed. This press conference isn’t too big for me. I’m ready -- but getting the opportunity to fight the best, that’s what I needed.
About Froch saying Ward can’t punch…
“I love it. It’s the promotion of big time boxing. Carl isn’t the first person to say it and he won’t be the last. I understand what it looks like on the outside. But it’s a whole different thing inside the ring. Trust me, I’m hitting hard enough.
“I like to be a chameleon. Whatever Froch brings, I need to have an answer. I will do whatever has to be done to win.”
“Without SHOWTIME, none of this would be happening. I defended my title, lost my title and then won it back with a masterful performance against Arthur Abraham, the best performance against him to that date and since. I have had some epic battles. That’s why I’m in boxing.
“I’m here to defend my title and take away his. Andre Ward deserves the respect of a champion. Ward is a great fighter and great champion. But I have a job to do.
“There’s no real beef or needle. There are high stakes. My WBC belt means a lot to me. I found that out when I lost it to Mikkel Kessler. We both mean business. We’re not going to be about handshakes and hugs… maybe after the fight.
“I strongly believe if there is a knockout in the fight, it will be me knocking out Ward. I don’t feel that he has the punching power. Even if he did, I can’t be stopped. I’ve got the granite chain, I’m a beast. Laugh, if you will but it’s true. I can’t be knocked out.
“Every fight is different. The old cliché is that styles make fights. He is not like anyone specifically but I guess he is most like (Andre) Dirrell, an Olympic boxer. He likes to move, use his speed. But if anything, Dirrell is faster and I handled him.
“It’s nice to fight at home. To be brought out of your comfort zone is a disadvantage. Since defeating Pascal, I’ve been all over the world. I’ve been to America, Denmark, Finland. So it makes no difference to me. But Ward is used to fighting in his backyard. This might just be a little chink in his armor.”
August 24, 2011