Advertisement
Advertisement

Andre Ward Breaks Down Super Six Matchup with Froch

By Ryan Maquiñana

WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward has made it to the finish line of the Showtime Super Six World Boxing Classic.  However, via phone yesterday, he declared to this writer that relief is not the word of the day.

“It’s been a long haul, almost two years,” said the 27-year-old, who currently stands at 24-0, 13 KOs.  “It feels good to be in the final, but I have one more fight before I should feel relief.”

Despite both fighters’ desire to hold the final in Las Vegas, Ward will meet WBC 168-pound titlist Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Oct. 29.

“I would’ve preferred Las Vegas because it would’ve been a great venue for the final,” Ward reflected.  “But Atlantic City is great and Boardwalk Hall has a lot of history.”

Although the majority of his fanbase will be watching the unification bout attentively on the other side of the country, Ward looks at his East Coast clash in a positive light.

“We’ll be fighting at the big venue, from what I hear,” the Oakland native shared.  “It’s a great opportunity for the East Coast fans to come out and see me and support me.”

Froch has already fired the first salvo, decrying Ward’s technical style and offering skeptical words about his foe’s punching power.  Ward dismisses the 34-year-old Englishman’s talk.

“I don’t think Froch knows who he’s dealing with,” Ward sternly warned.  “He’s used to getting guys riled up and having the other guys wasting energy screaming.  Froch needs to understand that I’m a professional.  I’ve been boxing for a long time and there’s nothing he can say that I haven’t heard before.  This is the norm for me.  I give Froch credit because he may be selling a few tickets, but I could care less what he’s saying to the media right now.”

A television analyst in his spare time, the intelligent Ward dissected his take on how the fight will transpire.

“I think a number of things will take place,” he opined.  “For one thing, he’s going to be frustrated because he won’t be able to do what he wants to do.  His bravado won’t work either.  When he realizes he can’t box, he can’t overpower me, he’s going to open himself up to potentially get hurt.”

Ward has come a long way from the amateurs, where he posted a 110-5 record en route to Olympic gold in 2004.  When asked about next week’s Olympic Trials in Mobile, Ala., he was inundated with nostalgia.

“Those were great times in my life,” he recalled.  “Before you get to a world title, you have to get through that stage, as in the Olympic Trials, box-offs, qualifying tournament, and then the Olympics itself.  Those things molded me and shaped me into the fighter I am today.

“I’m going to try to be involved with these young fighters who have the potential to make the team and eventually those that do make it.  I want to do my part to give back and be accessible if they have any questions.”

Coming out of the Bay Area, Ward also had some advice for the two fighters from that region who will compete at the Trials, super heavyweight LaRon Mitchell of San Francisco and flyweight Eros Correa of San Jose.

“As far as anything specific,” he advised, “they should just continue to do what they’ve done to get to this point.  Don’t relax because there’s still a lot of work to be done.  Don’t just be happy to be there.  Go for it all.”

Now he wears a world championship belt around this waist, a wardrobe matched by his old Bay Area-based friends from the amateurs, WBC/WBO bantamweight king Nonito Donaire and WBA/WBO interim lightweight holder Robert Guerrero.

“Obviously they know that I’m fans of theirs,” Ward said.  “Not just friends, but fans of theirs the way they handle their craft.  They’ve got a lot of heart and skill.  Nonito’s finally getting his just due, and Robert’s one of the most underrated champions out there.  They have the potential to both be Hall of Famers and I’m just happy to be in their company.  We just want to keep racking up victories for the Bay and representing the Bay in a positive way.”

While he’s happy for his buddies and the revival of the local boxing scene, Ward understands that come October, all eyes will be on him and Atlantic City.

“I’m preparing for a dominant performance," he said.  "I’m focused.  There are few things on my mind except this fight.  Froch has got what I want, which is that WBC belt, The Ring belt, and the Super Six trophy.  It’s not personal.  I’m just going to go get it.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-21-2011

Still waiting...

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-21-2011

[QUOTE=Songbird;10870645]What will ward do without the security of his hometown officials to cheerlead for him?? [/QUOTE] When have hometown officials ever helped Ward win a fight that he didn't deserve to? Name one time, go ahead. I'm waiting.

Comment by FLY TY on 07-20-2011

won't be close. ward UD. 9-3.

Comment by ernestot on 07-20-2011

i like ward skills, but i'm leaning towards froch, froch is a dangerous puncher and is going to make ward fight,all in all it's a 50/50 fight.

Comment by Songbird on 07-20-2011

What will ward do without the security of his hometown officials to cheerlead for him?? Dont worry, im sure he will just transport them to the other side of the country, this is the states after all, froch has to…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (26)
Top Headlines Frank Warren: Frampton Left 122 With Rigondeaux Clash Marquez Has No Regrets Over Cotto Position, Retirement Near Adonis Stevenson With Vicious Knockout of Williams in Four Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams: LIVE BScene Scorecard Ruslan Provodnikov Meets With Promoter, Return is Anticipated Eleider Alvarez Beats Robbie Berridge, On Course For Stevenson Frampton’s Promoter: Santa Cruz is Carl’s Toughest Fight Yet Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia Potentially in Early 2017 Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams - CompuBox Review Photos/Weights: Luis Nery vs. David Sanchez in Tijuana Photos/Weights: Antonio Orozco vs. Lopez, Joseph Diaz vs. Proa Carl Frampton After the Scales: This Was Easy and I Feel Great SHO VP: Wilder vs. Joshua in Late 2017, Could Be Pay-Per-View Photos: Mikey Garcia vs. Rojas Malignaggi-Bracero Battle Ready Photos: Frampton, Santa Cruz Ready For War at Barclays Center Video: Frampton Fans in Force at Weighin For Leo Santa Cruz Antonio Gutierrez vs. Jorge Melendez, LA Fight Club on 9/2 Juan Carlos Camacho Jr. Goes Pro With Miguel Cotto Thomas Williams: TKO Loss To Gabriel Campillo Doesn’t Define Me Chisora Unlikely To Land Whyte, Trying To Get Helenius Rematch Weights From Brooklyn: Santa Cruz 125.4, Frampton 125 Frampton To Santa Cruz: I'll Be The Bigger Man on Fight Night Adrien Broner's Request For Early Release From Jail is Denied Tyson Fury To Take On UKAD Over Drug Test Results Adonis Stevenson-Thomas Williams: Pre-Fight Report Card Lara's Manager on The Possibility of Facing Gennady Golovkin Roach: Me and Pacquiao Remain in Boxing To Get Mayweather Verdejo's Manager Says Flanagan Clash Possible For November Frank Warren on Crawford: Best American in a Long Time Amir Khan: I'd Need 6 Months of MMA Training For McGregor MGM Liverpool Launches, Will Promote October Show Leo Santa Cruz Motivated To Make Frampton Taste First Defeat Dennis Ceylan vs. Ryan Walsh For Euro Crown on October 15 Marquez's Coach: Estrada, Ramirez Best in Mexico - NOT Canelo Nacho Praises Marquez For Rejecting Cotto's Weight Demand Christian Hammer vs. Timur Stark Set For September 17 Wilcox dominant, Miljas impresses at Toronto boxing show Hatton: Gennady Golovkin's Size Will Be Too Much For Brook Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez on Oct. 1, Puerto Rico Jacobs vs. Mora II, Easter vs. Commey, Kauffman on Sept. 9
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement