The Ring, WBA, WBC and super middleweight champ Andre Ward is considering crossing seas next year to again outclass IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch in the United Kingdom.
Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who was born in San Francisco and became the first American to capture boxing gold in eight years as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, is expected to fight former WBC, WBO and The Ring Magazine middleweight titlist Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik in January.
“The Son of God” most recently fought to retain his belts in a 10 round battering of formidable Ring Magazine and WBC light heavyweight titleholder “Bad” Chad Dawson on September 8 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Prior to dominating Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs), Ward unified two belts and won The Super Six World Boxing Classic when he trumped Froch (30-2, 22 KOs) by unanimous decision on December 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
“Question: Why do I HAVE TO rematch Froch in the UK?” tweeted Ward, 28, who was voted in the wintertime as the 2011 “Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). “I won the first one! Froch fans keep saying it wasn’t him in the ring the night we fought … then who was it, his twin brother?!”
Ward, who has unbelievably not left the ring on the losing end of a bout since he was a 12-year-old amateur, reconsidered scrapping Froch the following morning on Sunday.
“I think I would like to fight in the UK one day,” tweeted Ward, who is currently rated by Ring Magazine as the third pound-for-pound boxer in the world. “Thoughts?”
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron thinks “The Son of God” overwhelms all challengers for the foreseeable future.
“Ward clearly sticks out in the division,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “He had just a great performance his last time out. There’s no telling when, or if, he’ll next lose.”
Froch is a tough man and not to be trifled with.
Nevertheless, Ward, who, is now in position to become a national superstar and household name like fellow American gold medalists Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya, has developed into arguably the best prizefighter today.
Andre Ward “won the first one” and, if they throw fists again, “The Son of God” will vacate the squared circle having “won the (second) one,” too.by