By James Slater
Carl Froch says the glitzy bright lights of Las Vegas would entice him into accepting a U.S rematch with unbeaten slickster Andre Ward. Initially, “The Cobra,” after his great revenge win over Mikkel Kessler a week ago, said Ward “must be in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks I’ll go to America to fight him again.” Froch, the unified IBF/WBA 168-pound king, along with his promoter Eddie Hearn, insisted Ward would have to come to the U.K if the return fight were to happen. But Froch, in speaking today with BBC Radio, said he would accept a return with Ward in “neutral” Las Vegas.
“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,’” Froch said of a Ward II. “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.”
Froch, with his pleasing style, seems a fighter made for Vegas, but will Ward be willing to travel to “Sin City” for what would be the first time in his pro career?
Froch is hoping to get another fight in this year, before looking to get the big (or possibly big) rematch in 2014.
“Let’s keep [Ward] on ice at the minute because I’ve got other options,” Froch said. “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.”
It seems all those critics who claim Froch wants nothing to do with Ward can think again. The Nottingham warrior appears more than willing to get the fight on; but only in a “neutral” venue.