Andre Ward Want’s Carl Froch, Even If In The U.K.

Could it be, that Andre Ward is now one of those fighters that opposition tries to avoid for as long as they possibly can without losing all credibility? I think so!

Carl Froch, one of the very few fighters out there who, in my opinion, pose a very real threat to Ward, is certainly avoiding Ward by facing Mikkel Kessler instead. Not to say that Kessler will turn out to be a cakewalk for Froch, but the difference in the significance of the two fights is colossal. Kessler is just another fighter, and could no doubt make it a fun night for the fans, but Ward is highly rated pound-for-pound champion, thus simply getting another shot for Froch is an opportunity in itself.

Ward wants the fight, and has voiced this on numerous occasions:

“I would love it. I think Kessler and Froch are made for each other. But I don’t think either one of them wants to fight me. I think they should stop misleading the fans and be honest. Neither Hearn nor Sauerland have made us and offer here in the States, or anywhere else in the world. Pick up the phone and make us an offer if you guys say you want this rematch. If you’re that confident in Froch, pick up the phone,” stated Ward in a recent interview.

I find this pretty easy to believe, as facing Ward for Froch and Kessler could spell another loss, thus another couple of years digging themselves out of that loss. Time is money, and the last thing that anyone in the sport of boxing wants to do is waste any of it.

Froch in my opinion is a very talented fighter, much better than I thought he was before the tournament. If anyone could put up a fight and give Ward a run for his money, at this time, Froch is it.

I doubt that the issue is of a financial nature, and if contractually Froch doesn’t want to fight inOakland, or anywhere in the States for that matter, Ward suggests he would be willing to travel:

“I don’t have to do it, so it would be a treat for the UK fans. Froch won’t fight out of Nottingham and that 10,000 seat arena, unless he fights me. I guarantee if I come to the UK, we’ll double that,” suggested Ward.

If Ward comes to theUKand faces Froch, I am petty confident that any arena would sell out in no-time. If Froch gets past Kessler, fighting Ward should be a no-brainer, as there is simply no better fight out there for either man.

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Brave New World for Boxing’s Elite?

Pound-for-Pound Top 20

Matt Hamilton

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After the now hotly disputed Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight we’re left with a newish era in the sport of boxing with, commercially speaking at least, the dissolution of a bi-polar ecosystem at the very zenith of the sport. The effective Cold War quagmire of the chronically abortive Mayweather vs. Pacquiao promotion will mercifully give way to wider & more varied permutations within boxing’s most talent laden division(s) [140lbs through 154lbs]. Manny Pacquiao‘s first loss since 2005’s first meeting with legendary Mexican warrior Erik Morales – regardless of your feelings on the validity of the manner in which it arrived – will usher in a period of better sporting times ahead at the highest echelons of the sport.

That Floyd Mayweather has reclaimed his status as the world’s premier boxer is now beyond sane reproach – surely even those claiming a Pacquiao near shut-out victory against Desert Storm must assimilate the reality of the contrasting trajectories of the two future Hall of Famers careers.

Elsewhere Juan Manuel Marquez‘s stellar & consistent excellence is rewarded with his displacement of long time rival Pacquiao at #2 on my list.

Criteria for inclusion within the Pound for Pound Top 20 list below include: a minimum of 20 wins as a professional; must have fought once in the preceding 12 months; must have won in the preceding 18 months & must not be suspended, have admitted to or be under licence withholding status for doping related offenses.

Matt Hamilton’s Pound-for-Pound List 12 June 2012

  1. Floyd Mayweather Junior
  2. Juan Manuel Marquez
  3. Sergio Martinez
  4. Manny Pacquiao
  5. Andre Ward
  6. Timothy Bradley
  7. Nonito Donaire
  8. Amir Khan
  9. Miguel Cotto
  10. Carl Froch
  11. Chad Dawson
  12. Yoan Pablo Hernandez
  13. Adrien Broner
  14. Yuriorkis Gamboa
  15. Saul Alvarez
  16. Orlando Salido
  17. Bernard Hopkins
  18. Wladimir Klitschko
  19. Chris John
  20. Miguel Vazquez
Ineligible for selection: 
Lamont Peterson
Andre Berto
Divisional Rankings (Top 3)
  1. Wladimir Klitschko
  2. Vitali Klitschko
  3. Robert Helenius

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