Ward happy to fight Froch in UK

Published: Tuesday 31st March 2015 by The News Editor

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Andre Ward has revealed he would be happy to give Carl Froch a re-match in the United Kingdom – but said he will not face the Nottingham fighter in his hometown.

The prospect of a second bout between the pair has been raised by the WBA ordering its two super-middleweight champions to face each other, with Ward the governing body’s “Super” champion and Froch the “World” titlist.

Ward outpointed Froch in December 2011 at Atlantic City to unify the WBC and WBA crowns, but the Californian has fought just twice since then due to promotional disputes.

Now that has been resolved, with Ward signing with music mogul Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports earlier this year, the 31-year-old has set his sights on Froch.

“Carl – we’re waiting on you to pick up the phone and call,” the unbeaten Ward told Sky Sports.

“If you want to fight, and you want to avenge the loss or attempt to avenge the loss that you say you say you so desperately want to avenge, then you need to pick up the phone and we need to try to figure it out.

“I’ve accepted his invitation to come to the UK but it’s going to be on the right terms.

“I don’t care what’s said through the press, I’m not just going to take anything, and it’s going to be mutual agreement if I’m in the UK.

“But I would love to give my UK fans, and even Carl’s fans, the opportunity to see me fight in the UK before my career is over.”

Froch, who vacated his IBF strap due to injury, has been chasing a fight with former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez in Las Vegas in what he said would be his final contest.

But he may relish the second chance to face the only fighter he has not beaten in his 35-bout professional career.

Ward, though, has made it clear that while he will travel to the UK, he will not take on Froch in Nottingham.

“The UK is one thing, Nottingham is something different,” Ward added. “Now he’s saying ‘well, I came to America, now you need to come to Nottingham’.

“The thing is this: Atlantic City, where we fought the finals of the Super Six, it’s thousands of miles away from my home – that’s a road fight. I live on the west coast, the fight was on the east coast, which was a six-hour plane ride for me.

“I’m not willing to come to Nottingham, I don’t think I should have to, but Wembley stadium, the UK as a whole – I would love to come.”

Published: Tuesday 31st March 2015 by The News Editor

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