By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL Froch wants to complete some unfinished business before he finally hangs up his gloves.
The IBF super-middleweight champion has set his sights on a unification battle with WBA and WBC belt holder Andre Ward next year.
Froch is still angry with himself at the way in which he lost a unanimous points decision to Ward in Atlantic City, last December.
Now, as he prepares to defend his title against Yusaf Mack in Nottingham on November 17, he is already looking ahead to a Ward re-match.
He said: “Once I beat Ward it would secure my legacy and I could retire. It is unfinished business.”
Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn is keen on a return clash with Ward and said: “Yes, it could happen – and it could take place on these shores in Nottingham.”
Defeat to Ward in the final of the World Super Six Series, was only the second of Froch’s 31-fight career – Mikkel Kessler inflicted the other – and it still hurts him.
He bounced back from the Ward blow with a fine fifth-round win over Lucian Bute in May – but he still hungers for revenge.
The 35-year-old said: “I have come so far in my career and done so much – but I will always look back on that fight with Ward as one in which I under-performed.
“It was a bad day at the office. I was bored and sick of being in Manhattan before Christmas and just wanted to be home with my family.
“It was the wrong attitude and mindset to have for such a big fight. So now I would like to go into a fight against him with the right mindset.
“I would have the same mindset and determination I had as in my last fight against Lucien Bute when I was just right.
“If it had been Andre Ward in front of me in that last fight, I would have beaten him.
“To redeem myself and be happy when I retire I would love another chance to meet Ward.
“I need to set the record straight. The Kessler fight could have gone either way.
“The Ward fight is the one I would love.
“He is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I want him.
“The real Carl will turn up and it could happen this time next year. I know I can beat him.”