After a few bumps and bruises, three dropouts and a postponement, Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, featuring WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBA titlist Carl Froch is here.
The two are set to square off on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Showtime.
The fight was originally set for Oct. 29 but an eye injury suffered during training camp forced Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) to push for a postponement. Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) obliged and here we are.
The final press conference at the Edison Ballroom in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday was relatively tame as both fighters talked about their desire to get past the talking and into the ring.
“Just more hard work…Nothing’s changed. Same focus, same mind set. We’ll be ready to win in a few days,” Ward said when asked if the postponement affected him.
“Initially, the shock is the most devastating part, personally,” Ward added. “Then you start thinking about the fans and your family. In that situation, you start thinking about the other camp…You understand its part of the game.”
Froch didn’t express any displeasure with the postponement and actually said it was important that Ward made sure he was healthy before stepping into the ring. Froch also talked about how postponement helped him.
Said Froch: “The postponement, and it’s easy for me to say, did me a favor. My coach Rob McCracken also has a huge responsibility to the Great Britian boxing team for the Olympic Games in 2012…. He was away on a two-week world championship tournament right before the week I was going to fly out to New York.”
Froch did note that he was upset that many of his fans had lost money due to cancelled flights and hotel bookings.
Other issues, particularly the integrity of the judges and referee, were also brought into question by reporters. Froch’s camp dismissed any notion that he wouldn’t get a fair fight.
“We’re very, very comfortable working with [NJ Athletic Control board] commissioner Aaron Davis in New Jersey,” said Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
Froch echoed Hearn’s sentiments.
“The referee and officials are totally aware of their jobs,” he said.