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].