Super Six: Ward knew he ‘hurt’ Froch, Carl ‘lost fair and square’

18 Dec

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Andre Ward won a deserved decision against Carl Froch yesterday evening, Saturday, December 10 inside the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and, despite the intense build-up between the ring-savvy American and the outspoken Englishman, both fighters showed great mutual respect when the final bell had been rung. Froch paid credit to Super Six World Boxing Classic winner Ward’s intelligence and boxing skills for his win: “He is very slippery”.

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The bounty Ward received was vast as he also collected The Ring belt. Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

“It was a tough hard night, all these fighters [Kessler, Green, Abraham and Froch] are great fighters… I’m just a little better than them,” said Ward (25-0-0, 13ko) to Showtime after the official announcement of his unanimous decision.

“We wanted to fight outside and inside. We pulled it off tonight! I was surprised by how slow Froch was. We beat him to the punch and that’s what won us the fight. It’s what we said in the pre-fight press conferences; you don’t win points for leaving your chin open. And Froch said… I knew I hurt him tonight, I could see it in his eyes, he felt it. You can’t fight like that and not expect to get hit.

“I can’t believe it,” he said, regarding the addition of The Ring magazine’s super middleweight championship, Froch’s WBC belt and the Super Six cup to his ever-increasing achievement list. “To actually pull it off is unbelievable. We can still get better!”

Much had been speculated over whom the winner of the competition would be aligned with next, with undefeated IBF champion Lucian Bute, a rematch with Kessler or a light heavyweight contest with Bernard Hopkins all mooted as viable options, however, Ward noted: “We’re not bound to do anything. We’ll see what’s next.”

Never one to shy away from voicing his opinion in the build-up, Froch (28-2-0, 20ko) was humbled by defeat and commended Ward on his skills: “I couldn’t really get anything going but that’s due to Andre Ward’s slick, defence skills; he’s like an eel. Especially late on when he was tired. He’s very slippery. He’s very good at keeping himself out of harm’s way. He’s very clever. Fair play to him, credit to Andre, he was good up close. I lost tonight fair and square.”

Ward closed by embracing Froch and stating: “You’ll be champion again.”

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