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By Gabriel F. Cordero
While WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was accepting the WBA version of the 154lb title in Panama, WBC President Jose Sulaiman held court in Mexico City, saying Alvarez has four or five days to give up either the WBC or WBA belt. Sulaiman stated that the WBC never accepted Alvarez’ April 20 bout with Austin Trout as a unification fight and that the fight was seen as a defense of his Canelo’s title. He also said that the WBC extended him the deadline to relinquish the WBA belt without realizing it. “I’m surprised that Saul still hasn’t said which title he is going to keep,” said Sulaiman. “With all the years as champion of the Council, with all the support he received from our organization, he has to respect us. If he wants to go, no problem, but decide with which organization to stay.” For now the WBC expects Alvarez to stay with them and accept that the WBC doesn’t accept unification fights.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza spoke Tuesday afternoon in Panama City about the future of the WBA’s policy of establishing interim world titles in addition to their regular world titles and super world titles. In a crowded press conference alongside world champions Saul ¨Canelo¨ Alvarez, Roman ¨Chocolatito¨ Gonzalez and Guillermo ¨Felino¨ Jones, Mendoza said the WBA interim titles are “an issue that must be analyzed objectively and is a complicated issue, but you have to explore it. I must say that there are promoters who insist that the interim titles are important.”
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By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Ulan Boxing
ABCO#6 Roman Zhailauov (8-0, 6 KOs) successfully captured the vacant WBC Asia welterweight title as he stopped ABCO #12 Damir Konushbaev on Sunday at the central ground of Arys in Kazakhstan. The source reported that Zhailauov stalked his foe as the bell rang, mostly attacking the Kyrgyzstani with his vicious combinations, especially by his tough right hooks. The show was rapidly terminated when the local hero landed a big right hook which destroyed his opponent for a full ten-count at 1:47 of round two.
In others action, Zhandos Zhetpisbayev (6-6, 2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Syrgak Assanov. And Ruslan Madiev outpointed Meirzhan Perdeshev in a four round bout. This event was promoted by Yerik Jailauov of Ulan Boxing Promotion. photos
Photos: Rhonar Torrealba
“We do not yet know yet who our next opponent will be on September 14, but we’ll know within two weeks,” Alvarez said at a press conference and WBA belting ceremony on Tuesday in Panama. “I’ll fight Mayweather at my weight. I can’t go lower than 154 pounds because at that weight I feel good.” Canelo also ruled out a rematch with Austin Trout, saying, “we are thinking about other things.”
WBA vice president Gilberto J. Mendoza told Alvarez, “It’s an honor for us to have you in our ranks, and hopefully you’ll be a champion that is part of our family for a long time.”
Alvarez responded, “I’m very happy to be here (in Panama) in addition to receiving this important belt.” photos
On August 8 at the Frontier Stadium in Rochester, NY, Hector Camacho Jr. (56-5-1, 31 KOs) will look for his third consecutive win of 2013. The opponent is TBA. Since the passing of his father last November, Camacho Jr. has been adamant about getting back on track in terms of taking his career more seriously.
“I want that big fight,” Camacho Jr. commented. “I know boxing has given me the opportunity a couple of times but I haven’t take advantage of them. But now I’m more mature, more focused, more determined and hungrier. I know this is my last chance, so I’m in it 100%. I owe it to myself, my father, my island of Puerto Rico, my fans and my father’s fans. I want my title fight. How many fighters have a 56-5 record? Come August 8 I’m going to put the boxing world on notice that I’m back and ready, by making weight (154 lbs.) and looking good while performing. My goal is to make 147 which is in the near future. I just had two back-to-back wins which took some of the rust off me. It’s been awhile that I’ve been working the way I am now. I can’t wait to fight in Rochester. A lot of great fighters past through Rochester; it has a rich history of boxing and I’m glad to be a part of it. I’d like to give a big thanks to Mercedes Vasquez Simmons, the CEO of Pretty Girl Promotions for giving me this opportunity; it’s rare in boxing that you have a female promoter. So in this case we, both Pretty Girl Promotions and I, are looking forward to shining come August 8. We both got something to prove!”
After compiling impressive records in their young careers, unbeaten super welterweight prospects Glen Tapia (18-0, 10 KOs) and Abie Han (19-0, 12 KOs) will collide in a ten round crossroads clash on July 12 at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas. Both Tapia (from Passaic, NJ) and Han (from El Paso, Texas) have had national TV exposure fighting on undercards big fights. The winner of this showdown will make a big move forward to even bigger fights and world title contention. Tapia-Han will open an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card that is headlined by a ten round battle between WBA #6/WBO #5 super bantamweight Chris Avalos (21-2, 16 KOs) and former WBA interim super flyweight titlist Drian Francisco (24-1-1, 19 KOs).
Top Rank has announced the undercard for the big June 15 clash between WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) and former champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, which will be televised by HBO. In the TV-opener, hot unbeaten lightweight Terence Crawford (20-0, 15 KOs) meets Alejandro Sanabria (34-1-1, 25 KOs) in a ten rounder.
In other action, unbeaten super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs) takes on Ryan Davis (24-10-3, 9 KOs) in a ten round bout. Unbeaten middleweight Matt Korobov (19-0, 11 KOs) faces veteran Ossie Duran (27-10-2, 10 KOs) and unbeaten welterweight Mikael Zewski (19-0, 15 KOs) takes on Damian Frias (19-7-1, 10 KOs) in a pair of eight-rounders. And, in a six round contest, two-time Mexican Olympian super bantamweight Oscar Valdez (5-0, 4 KOs) will go against Gil Garcia (5-4-1, 1 KO).
World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the rereree and judges who will work the July 6 world title fight between WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (28-1, 20 KOs) and undefeated official challenger Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) to be held at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine in a K2 Promotions presentation. The referee will be Luis Pabon from Puerto Rico, the judges for the Baysangurov-Andrade bout will be Ingo Barrabas (Germany), Thomas Miller (USA) and Hernando Steidel (Puerto Rico). Supervisor will be Igor Mazurov from Russia who is a member of the WBO Executive Committee and the president of the Federation of Professional Boxing of Russia.
Defending WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) is training at The Summit High Altitude Training Facility in Big Bear with head trainer Abel Sanchez. Challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (29-4, 20KO’s) has been preparing at his brand new state-of-the-art facility, Macklin’s Gym Marbella (MGM) in Marbella, Spain. Macklin left his camp in Spain this past Sunday to travel to New York City for his final preparations with head trainer Buddy McGirt. Golovkin and Macklin collide on June 29th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, in an HBO-televised bout.
Golovkin: “We respect Macklin, but I don’t believe that the strengths that he has shown in the past against previous opponents will have any effect on me. I expect him to be a complete different fighter with a completely different game plan against me. Whatever he brings though, we will be more than ready to come away successful, and as always I plan on putting on a very strong, and entertaining performance on June 29th.”
Macklin: “I am very excited about this fight, because Golovkin is there to be hit. With someone like Sergio Martinez, because of his style and movement, it can be very hard to land cleanly on him and get your combinations off, and that is frustrating. With Golovkin, obviously he is very dangerous, but he is right there in front of you. Everyone talks about his power, and believe me, I am well aware of it, but just like I am going to have to deal with his, he is going to have to deal with mine.
Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas has cranked it up in training, sparring with Sal Lopez Jr. and Donte Strayhorn to get wired in for his June 8 bout on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
“Jessie is having a great camp, working very hard,” said manager and trainer Pat Barry. “Jessie is showing more skill, discipline and displaying great work ethic. My biggest job is keeping Jessie from over-working as he always wants to keep at it.”
Magdaleno, 14-0, will take on Henry Maldonado, 16-1, of Nicaragua in an eight round super bantamweight fight at the Hard Rock.
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Magdaleno, heavyweight Andy Ruiz and unbeaten super welterweight Michael Finney will be at a Top Rank Media Day at Barry’s Gym, 2664 South Highland Ave., Las Vegas 89109 on Wednesday, May 29, noon.
By James Slater
All-time heavyweight great Lennox Lewis believes heavyweight hope David Price can achieve big things in boxing even after his upset 2nd-round stoppage loss to 40-fight veteran Tony Thompson. Lewis, a big man who achieved pretty much everything he could have in boxing, has been training 29-year-old Price in Toronto, and Lennox is confident his charge can get revenge over Thompson when the two meet again on July 6th in a bout that can be seen on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com. Lennox, having shaved off his familiar dreadlocks, looks somewhat different today, yet his words of wisdom are pure old-school. One thing the former undisputed king wants Price to do is to “get nasty” in future fights.
“David is a good guy, maybe too much of a good guy,” Lewis told BBC Sport. “I’m going to get some nastiness in him. He needs to be a little meaner out there because these guys are trying to take his head off. They’re trying to hurt him and he can’t let that happen. He has to fight back and be a little nasty.” (more…)
Lightweight favourite Kevin Mitchell returns to action on July 6 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London – topping the bill with Prizefighter Light Welterweights III. Mitchell is aiming to get back on the World title trail after falling to WBO king Ricky Burns in a thrilling challenge in Glasgow on September 22. The 28 year old will begin his quest for honours in a ten-rounder in east London as he looks to makes waves domestically before a second crack at the big prize. “It’s great to get back to action,” said Mitchell. “It’s a new chapter in my life and I’m so excited to be back at the York Hall. There are some massive domestic battles out there for me later this year and I’m looking for a World title shot in 2014.” Mitchell’s return tops a night of action with rivals Danny Connor and Chris Evangelou leading the line-up in the 31st edition of Prizefighter.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
WBA/WBO female light flyweight world champion Yesica “La Tuti” Bopp arrived from Argentina on Monday in Mexico City for her clash on Saturday at the Centro Cívico de Ecatepec against WBC silver minifly beltholder Jessica “Kika” Chavez.
Photo gallery by Emily Harney
Fighting for the sixteenth time on ESPN Friday Night Fights and sixth in front of a huge crowd at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Star Boxing’s Delvin Rodriguez once again showed the spirit of a warrior winning a fierce battle against former world title challenger Freddy “EL Riel” Hernandez with an eighth round stoppage.
An intense war over the first seven rounds with both fighters working aggressively and punishing each other, but Rodriguez had the upper hand-often hurting Hernandez with outstanding combinations. Throughout the bout, both punches and clashes of heads resulted in numerous cuts for both fighters with each battling valiantly in front of the “loud and proud” area fight fans . . . Click here for full gallery
If you expected Forrest Griffin to retire with an emotional, tear-filled speech Saturday night at UFC 160’s post-fight press conference, then you don’t know Forrest Griffin . . . Click here for more on www.UFC.com
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Former “Prizefighter: light heavyweights” tournament winner Travis Dickinson (14-1, 5 KOs) has been tapped to come over to Berlin, Germany to face former world title challenger and ex-European champion Eduard Gutknecht (24-2, 9 KOs) in the co-feature of Huck-Afolabi III at Max Schmeling Hall. The bout will be for the WBA Intercontinental championship. “That boy will be hungry and want to give everything against me,” stated Gutknecht. “I’m already looking forward to the cheers of the crowd in Berlin.” Coming off a war with former world champion Juergen Braehmer, Gutknecht figures to get back in the win column against Dickinson.
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz looks headed to a four fight deal with German network SAT1, which would KO an immediate rubber match with former champ Arthur Abraham, who is bound to the ARD network. Abraham will now likely return August 24 in Schwerin, Germany against TBA. “King Arthur” is currently rated #4 by the WBO and unranked by the other organizations.
Former world champion Felix Sturm (37-3-2, 16 KOs) will face unbeaten IBF #4 middleweight Predrag Radosevic (27-0, 9 KOs) on July 6 at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany in an IBF world middleweight title eliminator. Sturm currently ranked third by the IBF. SAT.1 will broadcast the bout live in Germany. “After the annulment of my last fight against Soliman, I’m only looking forward now. My definite goal is to get back to the top – I want to become world champion again and I have set my sights only on that. When I beat Radosevic, I will be the IBF’s mandatory challenger. That will be my chance to get the belt back from Daniel Geale,” Sturm said.
WBA interim flyweight champion Susi Kentikian, light middleweight prospect Maurice Weber and light heavyweight Konni Konrad, who will face the dangerous and hard-punching Edison Miranda from Columbia, will also be on the card.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today at the Hotel Le Meridien in Panama City at 2pm the World Boxing Association will present WBA belts to super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, cruiserweight champion Guillermo “Felino” Jones and light flyweight super champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. There are great expectations in Panama for the arrival of Alvarez and thousands of fans expected to turn out to get a glimpse of Canelo, who is now considered to be a superstar in world boxing.
For years she was considered one of the best pound-for-pound female boxers in the world, but after losing decisions to Holly Holm and Cecilia Braekhus in back-to-back welterweight world title fights, Anne Sophie Mathis, (26-3, 22 KOs), is now on a mission to get back to the top. On June 1 at the Salle Roger Boileau in her hometown of Dombasle, France, Mathis will move up in weight to fight Dominican Yahaira Hernandez (14-4, 8 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Federation super welterweight title, attempting to become a three-weight world champion.
At 35 years of age, and almost eighteen years as a professional, Mathis knows that she is in the twilight of her career, and besides winning the WBF world title at super welterweight, she has a clear goal for the near future: Revenge! (more…)
Was it tougher training, improved skills or a three-month ban on sex that enabled Carl Froch to even the score with Mikkel Kessler this weekend? Since beating Kessler on Saturday, Froch tells The Sun that there has been “fireworks in the bedroom” with his knockout girlfriend, Rachael Cordingley. More
Controversy or no controversy, Delvin Rodriguez is savoring his win over Freddy Hernandez Friday night at the Mohegun Sun Arena. More
The once promising career of former amateur standout Derrick Wilson (9-4-2, 3 KOs) is at the crossroads for his 10-round main event fight this Saturday night against undefeated featherweight Braulio Santos (10-0, 9 KOs) in Sunrise, Florida. Wilson, fighting out of Fort Myers (FL), was a 2004 National Silver Gloves champion. He won 50 of 57 amateur bouts, all losses coming in national competition, but he’s been relegated to the “B” side as an opponent throughout most of his professional career.
“I took a different route than usual because I didn’t have the right backing,” Wilson explained. “I come from a small town, Fort Myers, and after my first pro fight I signed with a manager who brought me to Miami. I left my trainer, Larry Wills, who taught me everything, and went from trainer to trainer. I was young and living by myself in Miami. I’ve been through a lot but I’m back working with Coach Larry. (more…)
The World Boxing Council seems to be adamant that current WBC/WBA unified champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez not be allowed to keep two belts and must choose to be either WBC champion or WBA champion. Canelo wants to keep both titles. Eddy Reynoso, Director of Canelo Promotions, has communicated that position to WBC President Jose Sulaiman and Canelo is planning to visit WBA Headquarters in Panama to be presented with the WBA belt tomorrow.
Currently the WBC accepts that Danny Garcia holds both the WBC and WBA belts at 140lbs and Andre Ward held the WBC/WBA belts at 168lbs until being stripped due to injuries.
Nathan Cleverly is considering Carl Froch a potential opponent. More Froch, on the other hand, wants a second shot at Andre Ward. More Writers, however, are talking about a Froch-Kessler rubber match. More
Johnny Garcia, of Holland, Michigan, returns to the ring May 30. More
By Karl Freitag
It’s slim pickings for boxing aficionados this weekend with no HBO, no Showtime and no ESPN. The only scheduled live TV fight in the USA is a Fox Sports/Fox Deportes show on Saturday night featuring featherweight Braulio Santos (10-0, 9 KOs) against Derrick Wilson (9-4-2, 3 KOs) from Sunrise, Florida. There’s also a possibility that the Azteca America network could up with something at the last minute.
Don’t worry though. The floodgates will open wide next weekend with ESPN and ShoBox on Friday, and HBO, Showtime and Unimas going head to head on Saturday.
As far as this weekend’s big fights are concerned, the top highlight on Friday takes place in Walsall, England, where we have an important IBF lightweight final eliminator between #10 Martin Gethin (24-3-1, 11 KOs) and #6 Ameth Diaz (31-11, 22 KOs) with the winner earning the right to face Miguel Vazquez for the IBF world title.
Things pick up a bit Saturday with several fight cards in Mexico and the U.S. featuring notable fighters.
In Ecatepec, former two-division world champion Hugo Cazares (38-7-2, 26 KOs) faces Gabriel Altarejos (12-1-1, 4 KOs), former WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (31-2, 28 KOs) takes on Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (24-12-4, 19 KOs), and WBA/WBO female light flyweight champion Yesica Bopp (24-0, 11 KOs) meets Jessica Chavez (17-3-2, 4 KOs).
In Hermosillo, former WBA flyweight champion Hernan Marquez (35-3, 26 KOs) against Carlos Tamara (23-7-1, 17 KOs).
In the USA, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, comebacking jr welterweight Zahir Raheem (32-3, 19 KOs) takes on Justim Juuko (45-11-1, 30 KOs), and at Bally’s Atlantic City there’s a super featherweight clash between recent world title challenger Teon KEnnedy (17-2-2, 7 KOs) and Carlos Vinan (10-9-5, 2 KOs).
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Brico Santig and Sroi Mungmee
Rex Tso 115 vs. Wandee Singwancha 114.2
(WBC Asia Continental Super Flyweight title)
Momo Koseki 101.6 vs. Eun-Young Huh 101.8
(WBC Female Atomweight title)
Ekapol Yothinpanawet 139.3 vs. Mike Tumbaga 140
(vacant WBC Asia Super Lightweight title)
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Promoter: Jay Lau of DEF Boxing
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Hall of Fame promoter Don King has arrived in Kiev to begin negotiations with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko about his mandatory defense against Bermaine Stiverne (Big thanks to Andre)
Former WBC jr middleweight champion Sergio Mora is preparing in Southern California to take on Gregorza Proska on June 28 on ESPN. The fight will take place at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The co-feature on that card is a junior middleweight ten rounder between unbeaten Patrick Teixeira (19-0, 17 KOs) and Marcus Willis (13-2-2, 3 KOs).
Promoter Frank Warren plans to announce an opponent for Dereck Chisora’s next fight on July 20 at Wembley Arena on Wednesday and details for Nathan Cleverly’s sixth defense of his WBO light heavyweight title on Thursday.
After his controversial loss to Sonny Bill Williams in Australia in February, heavyweight Frans Botha (48-9-3, 29 KOs) returns “down under” to take on Joseph Parker (5-0, 4 KOs) on June 13 in an eight-rounder at the Trusts Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Parker is highly regarded, but Botha is a huge step up.
In other action, female welterweight ‘Diamond’ Daniella Smith will take on Sarah ‘Missy’ Howett for two vacant title belts.
Botha’s son Marcel Botha, steps in the ring for his professional debut, fighting Jeremy Sebastian, brother of Australian singer Guy Sebastian.
Also, making his pro debut is the son of former All Black superstar Inga The Winger – Jordan Tuigamala.
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos by Michael V. Ornales
It was an exciting night of action from the Red and Jerry’s event center located in Sheridan, Co. On a beautiful summer night in the Mile High City, Steve Mestas and the Airtight Boxing crew put on a stellar show that had the fans on their feet. In the main event, rugged prospect Raul “El Chino” Carrillo (12-1, 7 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over local trial horse and respected veteran, Corey ‘Wolf Dawg’ Alarcon (17-19-1, 4 KOs). (more…)
By Bruce Paizen at ringside
Photo by Guhdar Ali
Having met twice before in the amateurs, the bout between Michael “Flash” Walchuk and Albert “The Punisher” Onolunose for the Canadian Middleweight title was one of mutual respect. In this crossroads match, Onolunose, now 21(7)-1-0, earned a hard fought victory over Walchuk, who now falls to 9(2)-10-0. It was Walchuk’s eighth consecutive loss and for someone who beat the likes of Stephan Boyd and Larry Sharpe – both of whom would go on to win Canadian Middleweight titles – this loss was bitter. “I have a lot to think about,” said a dejected Walchuk after the fight. Onolunose won a majority decision 100-90 (Judge Brian Giesbrecht), 99-91 (Judge Laurie Mills), and 95-95 (Judge Terry Tonken). Fightnews scored it 96-94 for Onolunose. The National Championships Committee (NCC) of Canada, a member of the Commonwealth Boxing Council, the NABF and the WBC, presented the NCC Belt to crown Onolunose as the new Middleweight Canadian Champ. It was a dramatic end to a night of professional boxing that included a tribute to Ginnie Brown. Ginnie recently stepped down from her position at Bowmont Boxing Club and was presented with a gift of appreciation for her many years of service to professional and amateur boxing. (More)
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (38-7, 28 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Jason Gavern (21-15-4, 10 KOs) on Sunday at the Sports Complex Mordovia in Saransk, Russia. Scores were 97-94, 96-93 and 98-90. Gavern knocked down Maskaev in round nine but had a point deducted for hitting behind the head in round eight. Overall, Gavern gave about as good as he got in a close fight and he was very upset when the scores went for the Russian fighter. The 44-year-old Maskaev is now 2-0 since resuming his career after a three year layoff. Gavern dropped his seventh straight fight.
The CNN Freedom Project documentary, “The Fighters,” featuring Manny Pacquiao, is now available online
The CNN Freedom Project documentary, “The Fighters,” which recently debuted on CNN International, is now available online, in its entirety. Two years in the making, CNN had exclusive access to Fighter of the Decade and recently reelected Congressman Manny Pacquiao and activist Celia Flores-Oebanda, following their dramatic battle against sex slavery as they try to save the children of the Philippines who have become victims of human trafficking.
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Happy Pieterse, a former SA light-heavyweight champion, has died two days before his 71st birthday. Pieterse, whose first name was Jan, was an also outstanding amateur in the 1960s. He had been suffering from diabetes and died in Alberton near Johannesburg where he had to undergo an operation to amputate one of his legs. (more…)
When IBF/WBA unified super middleweight champion Carl Froch was asked after the fight if he wants to chance to avenge his defeat against Andre Ward, who owns another version of the WBA’s super middleweight world title.
“I’ve always said I wouldn’t like to fight Andre Ward again. No disrespect to Andre Ward. I’ve been a little disrespectful enough to someone who’s a great fighter. He’s a boxing purist, he’s very good at what he does, but he’s not an entertaining fighter. His style is not one you would really want to watch and watch. That’s the only stick I give him, but he’s effective in what he does. He knows how to win, but he’s not a fighting man. He doesn’t like to brawl. He doesn’t get the crowd out of their seats. He doesn’t seem to get the television companies excited, but he’s the only other guy to beat me so that’s a fight out there I know I can win. I don’t think it’s going to be easy, I’m not saying if I fight Andre Ward next I’m going to beat him but I could beat him if I get it right, and in England I get it right. So let’s get him over to the United Kingdom and get the fight on next if he wants it. Let’s do it!”
Andre Ward, doing commentary for HBO heard Froch’s comments and said, “Carl Froch respects me. He can say what he wants to say about not being effective. I have a great fan base and I’m happy about that. But when you can’t defeat a certain style, you tend to knock it.”
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