Ward-Froch Rematch Ordered By WBA

By Terence Dooley

The WBA have set the ball rolling on a possible rematch between Carl Froch, 37, and 31-year-old Andre Ward by mandating a fight between the two fighters.  The organisation's Championships Committee has told the two parties that they have 30 days to reach an agreement for a fight, which must take place within 120 days, or they will send the contest out to purse bids.

Ward, 27-0 (14), is the WBA's Super 168lb titlist; Froch, 33-2 (24), the "Regular" holder; they met in the final of the Super Six tournament in December 2012, a clear decision win for Ward, who has only fought twice since then—a 10th-round TKO over Chad Dawson and a decision win over Edwin Rodriguez in November 2013.  

Ward has been inactive since that win due to a contract dispute, but has recently inked a deal with Roc Nation Sports and is keen to resume his stalled career.  Froch came back with wins over Lucian Bute (W TKO 5), Yusaf Mack (W KO 3), Mikkel Kessler (W12) and a brace of wins over domestic rival George Groves (TKO 9 and KO 8 in 2013 and 2014 respectively); he does not have a fight on the horizon at the moment so could be receptive to an opportunity to avenge his defeat.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pigeons on 03-28-2015

2 days until the WBA orders a purse bid for the Ward-Froch rematch. This situation should get interesting in the next couple of days.

Comment by Pigeons on 03-01-2015

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;15426968]Because neither wants the fight. Ward has said he needs a couple of tuneups and Froch wants none of Ward.[/QUOTE] Well then they should both be stripped. Let Sturm-Chudinov fight for the vacant title. New blood at SMW.

Comment by Spray_resistant on 03-01-2015

He already fought the guy and lost, admitted Ward is the better fighter. Froch has fought everyone he had to in his era, if he wants a big payday softy to beat up like Jr before he hangs them up…

Comment by sugarsmosley on 03-01-2015

how can you duck someone you already fought and lost too? doesn't that sound a bit foolish?

Comment by BattlingNelson on 03-01-2015

[QUOTE=Pigeons;15426182]I'm surprised that neither team has said anything about this order. Maybe the WBA really did do this spur of the moment.[/QUOTE] Because neither wants the fight. Ward has said he needs a couple of tuneups and Froch wants none…

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