Andre Ward accepts Carl Froch’s demand for UK bout

Sport360 staff 15:21 31/03/2015
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Andre Ward lands a left on Carl Froch during their WBA/WBC Super Middleweight Championship bout in 2011.

Andre Ward has revealed he would be happy to give Carl Froch a re-match in the UK – but said he will not face the Nottingham fighter in his hometown.

The prospect of a second bout between the pair has been raised by the WBA ordering its two super-middleweight champions to face each other, with Ward the governing body's "Super" champion and Froch the "World" titlist.

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Ward outpointed Froch in December 2011 at Atlantic City to unify the WBC and WBA crowns, but the Californian has fought just twice since then due to promotional disputes.

Now that has been resolved, with Ward signing with music mogul Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports earlier this year, the 31-year-old has set his sights on Froch.

Froch, who vacated his IBF strap due to injury, has been chasing a fight with former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez in Las Vegas in what he said would be his final contest.

But he may relish the second chance to face the only fighter he has not beaten in his 35-bout professional career.

Ward, though, has made it clear that while he will travel to the UK, he will not take on Froch in Nottingham.

"The UK is one thing, Nottingham is something different," Ward said. "Now he's saying 'well, I came to America, now you need to come to Nottingham '.

"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."

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