Carl Froch had to admit the better man won after being left "bitterly disappointed" by a lacklustre points defeat against Andre Ward. Englishman Froch came up short against Ward as the classy, unbeaten American won the Super Six tournament final in Atlantic City and added his opponent's WBC belt to his own WBA super-middleweight title.
Ward, now boasting a record of 25-0 with 13KOs, revealed he had a hand injury from training which he aggravated in the sixth round but it did not stop him producing a typically slick and awkward performance which left Froch to describe him as "a slippery eel".
"I'm bitterly disappointed," said Froch, who lost the unanimous decision to scores of 115-113 twice and 118-110 at the Boardwalk Hall. "Obviously I've lost my title and I've lost the chance to win another title and the Super Six cup.
"I'm at the end of a wonderful run of fights. I've had six or seven fights on the spin all at the top level and you can't win them all at this level. Elite level fighters do get beaten.
"I don't want to put myself up there with Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali and some of those top level fighters but they all got beaten and they all came back.
"I've been beaten before and I've come back stronger. I was in against a very, very tricky, very slick and awkward very good fighter.
"I take nothing away from Andre Ward - he's very good at not getting hit, and keeping out of harm's way. He's like a slippery eel in there sometimes. That's what boxing is about. It's about not getting hit.
"He kept himself in the safe zone. I was unable to unleash my power punches consecutively which I felt if I could have, I would have got to him.
"But that is credit to Andre Ward for doing what he did in there. He fought the better fight on the night and I've got no excuses at all."
Froch, now 28-2 (20KO wins) would like another crack at his conqueror.