Andre Ward on Froch: Carl ‘puffs up and bleeds’

23 Nov

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

The groundbreaking yet protracted Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament was set to reach it’s conclusion in October, however, a cut sustained by pre-fight favourite Andre Ward postponed the date to December 17. There is a growing sense that the primary aim of finalist Carl Froch will be to re-open the wound when it’s time to box, yet Ward has stated that it is the Englishman who will be the one made to worry about bleeding excessively.

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The cut that Froch could attempt to re-open. Credit: Showtime

“(Froch) targeting the cut is a non-issue for us,” said Ward, speaking at his King’s Gym base in Oakland, California, standing alongside trainer Virgil Hunter and promoter Dan Goossen. “It’s not something we talk about,” he added, before stressing: Its not something we think about. We need to go in there and do what we’ve got to do and execute our game plan.

“As the opponent, he is supposed to try to target the cut, but I think he’ll get himself into trouble if he tries to focus too hard on trying to open up an old cut.”

Froch (28-1-0, 20ko) is known for a go-to fighting response that involves rucking in a blood and guts manner. As a result, his popularity has transcended the Atlantic, yet such a style – Ward hints – has seen him pick up wear-and-tear, something the American is eager to exploit.

“He’s been cut before too, like when he fought Pascal, and he puffs up and bleeds, so we’ve got a lot of spots we’re gonna be targeting too.”

Breaking down the fight, Ward (24-0-0, 13ko) commented: “I try not to fight with any one style. At this level, eventually enough people are going to watch tape of you, and they’ll take advantage of a one dimensional fighter. These are the type of fights that you need to win, and win convincingly in order to cross over to the higher levels. This is huge in terms of stakes that are on the line, but we train hard, as we do for every fight.

“This one is no different,” concluded the 27-year-old.

The Super Six final, set to be competed at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, has a large bounty as Froch’s WBC super middleweight world championship, Ward’s WBA world title, The Ring magazine belt and the competition trophy itself, will all be awarded to the winner.

Related article: Video: Showtime release tense Staredown footage of Andre Ward and Carl Froch promotion

Related article: Froch says he’s the puncher, jokes about Ward’s cut: ‘It was hardly Fright Night’

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Related article: Video: The day Super Six finalist Andre Ward was cut

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