Andre Ward has insisted that he would be open to travelling to the UK to fight Carl Froch, but he wouldn’t face him in his hometown of Nottingham.
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Ward has already defeated Froch in a unanimous points decision win back in 2011, but the WBA have ordered the pair to fight again with the Brit holding the regular title while Ward is considered the ‘Super’ champion.
The American star hasn’t fought in over two years after promotional and legal issues, but he has cleared up any confusion over the current situation by revealing that he isn’t opposed to travelling to England but will not fight in Nottingham.
“The UK is one thing, Nottingham is something different. Now he’s saying ‘well, I came to America, now you need to come to Nottingham,” Ward told Sky Sports.
“The thing is this: Atlantic City, where we fought the finals of the Super Six, it’s thousands of miles away from my home – that’s a road fight. I live on the west coast, the fight was on the east coast, which was a six-hour plane ride for me.
“I’m not willing to come to Nottingham, I don’t think I should have to, but Wembley stadium, the UK as a whole – I would love to come.”
Ward’s willingness to come to the UK is certainly a step in the right direction as far as promoter Eddie Hearn is concerned, but although Froch has remained relatively silent on the matter, it is clear that they want the bout at the City Ground.
Froch is currently sidelined with an elbow injury which ruled him out of a contest with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas, and so that may still be a possibility on his return provided that the WBA allow him to fight someone other than Ward.
A second meeting with ‘SOG’ would undoubtedly be the tougher night’s work, as Ward was dominant in their first fight and stylistically will cause Froch problems again regardless of his inactivity.