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Carl Froch and Andre Ward are Beefing Over Religion

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Unlike some religious athletes, Andre Ward doesn’t constantly mention his faith during interviews.

But the unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion felt he would’ve been remiss this week if he didn’t publicly take issue with what he felt were disrespectful comments made by Carl Froch. Ward referred to something he believes Froch said about Ward’s nickname, “S.O.G.,” an acronym for “Son of God.”

“If I’m not mistaken, something was said about me being ignorant for taking on that nickname,” Ward said. “So yeah, absolutely, I take offense to that. My faith is not a crutch. It’s my foundation. It’s everything to me, so when you hear something like that, yeah, absolutely, I take offense to that.”

Ward, 27, is a devout Christian who attends The Well Church in Dublin, Calif., at least twice per week with his wife and their three children. Froch refused to answer whether he mocked Ward’s faith, though he didn’t deny saying something negative about Ward’s nickname, which has appeared on the 2004 Olympic gold medalist’s trunks for every fight since he turned pro in December 2004.

“I think there’s two subjects you should leave alone,” Froch said, “and one of them’s religion.”

Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Hayward, Calif., and Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, will fight Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. They’ll compete for Ward’s WBA and Froch’s WBC super middleweight titles, as well as Showtime’s “Super Six World Boxing Classic” championship cup (Showtime; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-17-2011

With utmost respect for everyone's religion, fuk the bible class, lets get back to boxing..... who wants to bet, I got up to $40mil on Ward, any takers?

Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-17-2011

[QUOTE=-Kev-;11569829]Something else people don't seem to get..I have a Christian friend, he is very religious and actually his job is as a missionary. He says "[B]we are all sons and daughters of god[/B], and we are all brothers and sisters".…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-17-2011

[QUOTE=sdcluser;11569498]DOn't matter. [B]I don't think God really cares about boxing that much.[/B] It's gonna be Ward over Froch UD (116-112 to 118-110).[/QUOTE] :lol1: :lol1: You could be right there, and I think your score could be pretty accurate too. I…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 12-17-2011

[QUOTE=jreckoning;11570380]The moral of the story is, [B]if Ward wins then God wins, if Froch wins the devil wins.[/B] Like when Salido beat Juan Ma the devil beat god but when Mayweather beat Ortiz god won. It's helpful to think of…

Comment by jreckoning on 12-17-2011

[quote=Yogi007;11570346]Oh the irony. I can't believe that people on here are arguing over religion, when they can't wait to see these two people get in the ring and beat the crap out of each other for their enjoyment. :slap:[/quote] The…

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