The 29-year-old Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) trumped Froch (31-2, 22 KO) by a unanimous decision in December 2011 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“If the fight wasn’t going to happen and someone said it could happen in Las Vegas then I’d definitely say, ‘yes, let’s do it,’” said Froch, 35, an IBF super middleweight champ who unanimously outscored Mikkel Kessler to win the WBA regular super middleweight crown on May 25.
“Las Vegas is kind of a neutral venue, believe it or not, because it is its own state of Nevada. They have their own commissioner. I’ve always wanted to fight in Las Vegas in the glitz and glamour, and have my name up in lights. This is one thing I’ve not had in my career.”
Voted the 2011 “Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), Ward is a pugilist for the ages who hasn’t vacated the squared circle as a loser since he was a 12-year-old amateur.
Recovering from a January 4 surgery to fix a small tear in his right shoulder capsule, The Ring and WBA super middleweight titleholder began training in early March and plans to return in September at 168 pounds.
“Let’s keep [Ward] on ice at the minute because I’ve got other options,” said Froch, 35, a Nottingham native who is also a past two-time WBC super-middleweight king. “He is still in rehab with his shoulder so I can probably get a fight in before Christmas, and then in the spring or summer of next year we can have a massive showdown with Ward.”
Looking fresher, hungrier and busier while bloodying Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs), Froch was impressive last weekend versus the five-time world titlist from Denmark.
Unfortunately for the cocky Brit, Ward isn’t seeking revenge against Froch and has nothing to prove.
Rated as the second preeminent pound-for-pound prizefighter in the world, the great Andre Ward has “other options” than just Carl Froch.
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