By Keith Idec
Andre Ward is fully confident the cut that caused the postponement of his fight against England’s Carl Froch won’t be a factor when they square off Dec. 17 in Atlantic City.
“The cut is fine,” Ward said. “That’s why the date is still intact. Everything is fine. We’ve had no problems with the cut. We did everything that the doctors asked us, in terms of rest, and we’ve been in camp two months and have had zero problems.”
The 27-year-old Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) suffered a cut over his right eye during a sparring session against middleweight prospect and stablemate Brandon Gonzales on Sept. 22 in Hayward, Calif., Ward’s hometown. The laceration required seven stitches and a seven-week postponement of the fight, originally scheduled for Oct. 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The undefeated Ward was disappointed about the postponement. The WBA super middleweight champion knew, though, that once the fight was pushed back he needed to take a break from training camp to avoid over-training for the final of Showtime’s “Super Six World Boxing Classic.”
“It’s always a letdown, especially once camp has gotten underway,” Ward said. “It’s one thing if you’re really not in camp and something happens before you get to camp. You kind of swallow that a little bit more. But once you, speaking for myself, I’ve already left home, I’m in camp and we’re working day-in and day-out, and then something like this happens, it’s obviously a letdown.
“And then, physically, you just have to be smart. Like I said, the warrior in you, the fighter in you, and [with] the stakes that are on the line, you want to keep grinding and keep working. But you just have to be smart about it, now that you have more time to [rest].”
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.