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Bute's Promoter is Amused With Andre Ward's Comments

By Edward Chaykovsky

The President of InterBox, Jean Bedard, was amused with the recent comments from WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs). In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Ward seemed to be offended by the recent career move by Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs), who defends his IBF title on May 26th against Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) in Nottingham.

Bedard points out how Ward - directly after beating Carl Froch in the final bout of the Super Six tournament - turned his back on a possibly fight with Bute. After last December's win over Froch, Ward told reporters that Bute would have to face better competition before he was worthy of fighting him.  

"It's like he was resurrected after Easter ... after all, his nickname is 'Son Of God.' When I first read [Ward's comments], I thought it was a joke. We never had any discussions with Andre Ward. In fact, we have not heard from him since December 18, following his victory in the final [fight] of the Super Six ... and now he suddenly comes to life," Bedard told QMI Agency.

"After his victory against Carl Froch, he said Lucian would have to fight A-level opponents before facing him. This is what we are doing. If he wanted to fight Lucian, we might have already been one week away before the fight. Froch, he wanted to fight. However, this is good news because at least now [Ward] is showing interest [in fighting Bute].

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by stoggio on 04-13-2012

It's true! Ward was looking at a rematch with Kessler. Ward DID say Bute didn't deserve a fight with him. Bute is going to England to fight Froch, now all of a sudden Ward implies Bute is ducking him???!

Comment by Cutthroat on 04-13-2012

[QUOTE=rckdees;11994520]bute beats froch, possilbly by ko and although he would probably be an underdog i would pick him to beat ward too. ward got kind of exposed in the froch fight. he started withering in the last few rounds but…

Comment by xAUGUSTUSx on 04-13-2012

I find it funny that you all think you know more then Bute's team. Obviously Bute and his team have alot of confidence. Why not give him some credit for doing something he did'nt have to do? instead you all…

Comment by mathed on 04-12-2012

Ward was scurred of Bute. Froch was man enough to step up and he will put up a good fight in a losing effort against Bute. After the fight Ward will avoid him again.....

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 04-12-2012

[QUOTE=Devils Advocate;11995148]Froch has tasted the power of Abraham, Dirrell, Ward, and Kessler. Unless Froch gets stopped by a body shot Butes gonna have a long night. Froch has serious heart and stamina and if he hurts you he's an excellent…

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