WBC/WBA super-middleweight champion, Andre Ward, is currently set to defend his title against Kelly Pavlik on Jan. 26, but “S.O.G” is already planning ahead.
IBF super-middleweight champion, Carl Froch (30-2-0, 22 KOs), has been reluctant to accept the fact that Ward (26-0-0, 14 KOs) clearly beat him when they met in 2011, and the Brit has been campaigning for a rematch ever since. It turns out, Froch might end up getting his wish, as Ward seems open to the idea of a rematch sometime in 2013.
“He [Froch] seems to think he got a raw deal or the fight was closer than it really was, so why not give him another opportunity?” Ward said during a BBC Sport interview, per Boxingscene.com. “Carl put up a good fight but the fight was not as close as he’s saying it was. But I also went in there injured with a broken hand and he has to understand that fully healthy it’s going to be a totally different fight.”
Andre Ward was clearly the better man when the two met at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. last December, and it’s hard to see a rematch going any differently. However, Ward is in a weird situation, considering the fact there aren’t any legitimate threats to him right now at 168 pounds, and the few boxers who could actually compete with him don’t seem interested in fighting him.
I can’t say I blame them.
If Ward successfully gets past Pavlik in January, Froch might just be his best option, as the Englishman does have a loyal following. If Andre is willing to travel across the pond and face Froch in his native Nottingham, it might even be a good money fight for Ward, as British fans will come out in droves to support their countryman, even if he doesn’t have a legitimate chance against Andre Ward.