By Carlos Boogs
IBF, WBA, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) has reacted to some of the recent statements that were made by retired former world champion Carl Froch.
In a recent interview with BoxingScene.com and other reporters, Froch explained why Ward is too dirty of a fighter to receive the pound-for-pound crown over other top fighters like WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
In December of 2011, Ward won a twelve round decision over Froch in the final round of the Super Six tournament. Froch and Ward had discussed the idea of a rematch on more than one occasion, but they were never even close to being on the same page with two of the most important terms - the money and the fight location.
Last November, Ward came off the floor in the second round to win a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Kovalev to capture the IBF, WBA, WBO light heavyweight titles.
“I mean Andre Ward keeps winning, although very ugly. It’s difficult for me to give [Ward] any credit and not just because he beat me. He beat me fair and square. But he ducks below the waist, that’s illegal. He holds, that’s illegal. He uses his head, that’s also illegal. But he don’t get any points deducted. He don’t get disqualified, so I don’t class that kind of fighting style as pound-for-pound," Froch said when interviewed by BoxingScene and Fighthype.
In the opinion of Ward, the Nottingham boxer is very bitter and never got over the outcome of their fight. Ward maintains that he won the fight with a broken hand and would have dominated Froch in a lopsided fight if the hand was healthy.
"We had a great battle. Carl had a few things to say about why he lost. But when he retired I made a point of saying that he was a great fighter, a real champion, how much I respect him and that he will become a Hall of Famer. I didn’t make too much of how I broke my left hand half way through the fight but still won," Ward told Daily Mail.
"I only ever give praise to elite fighters. It would give Carl a better look if he could do the same. Carl is not the most naturally talented boxer. But I give him huge credit for making the absolute most of his strengths and his courage for doing so. I know that losing that fight eats away at him. If I had been beaten it would eat away at me because like him I am very competitive. But once you go over to broadcasting you have to get over your arrogance. Sounding bitter is not a good look. Less so if you’re retired.’