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Andre Ward, Carl Froch hold presser ahead of bout

12-15-2011 10:29 BJT

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American Andre Ward will face England’s Carl Froch in the finale of the Super Middleweight Super Six Cup in Atlantic City this Saturday. Ward’s WBA title and Froch’s WBC title will be on the line and the two fighters held their final press conference in New York City on Tuesday to promote the bout.

Andre Ward and Carl Froch were in New York City on Tuesday ahead of their Saturday’s title bout.

British World Boxing Council super middleweight title holder Carl Froch does push ups
after a workout at Trinity Gym in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Froch will face
Andre Ward Saturday, Dec. 17, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Carl Froch, WBC Super-Middleweight Champion, said, "Bar none, no questions, no arguments, forget the rankings, forget who they got number one in certain magazines, you know, the winner of the fight will firmly establish himself as the best 168 pound fighter on the planet. And if I do my job correctly on the night, I know that’s going to be me."

Andre Ward, WBA Super-Middleweight Champion, said, "We got a big fight obviously coming up Saturday night and all I’m focused on is leaving the tournament the way we came in, with style."

Froch out of Nottingham, England, was defeated in the second stage of the tournament when he lost to Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler in April of 2010.

Carl Froch said, "The fight (versus Mikkel Kessler) could have gone either way. It wasn’t a shutout for either of us. And I grew very, very, I grew confident from that defeat because I looked to the match after and I thought to myself, you know that, that fight I learned so much. I could have won the fight. I didn’t get the decision, but these are the areas in which I went wrong. Let’s go back to the drawing board, it’s an old cliché that a lot of fighters use and let’s have a look at where we went wrong, where we can improve. And I put it right, I got it out of my head mentally and came back in my very next fight to win the vacant title because Mikkel Kessler retired after that."

Ward looks to seek ring retribution for derogatory comments made by Froch in regards to Ward’s deep religious beliefs.

Andre Ward said, "I’ve heard this stuff for many, many years, so, I use it. You better believe when I get up in the morning and my body’s tired from the day before. I use that, I hear his voice in my head. When I’m lying down and I’m meditating on the fight, I hear his voice in my head. Absolutely, when he makes comments about my faith and different things like that, that’s very disrespectful. So, I will be using that, he really needs to be humbled and I know just the guy to do it."

In top shape after training, both fighters gave their take on their upcoming bout. Carl Froch said, "It could be a close, drawn out, hard fought fight or it could be a fight where I land some big shots early, catch him and hurt him and the fight could be over.""

Andre Ward said, "I think in the key categories, physical strength. Punching power, mental toughness, those are the areas where they’re over looking me. They think it’s going to be me picking and poking and try to squeak out a victory and hope that me fighting in America is going to help me. I’m going to take it."

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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