Super-middleweight king Andre Ward has given a clear indication that he is willing to make the next defence of his WBA super-middleweight title against UK up and comer George Groves.
The talented American, who is unbeaten through 27 contests, is looking for his next opponent after dealing easily with Edwin Rodriguez and would have no problem entering negotiations with Groves on the back of his recent showing against former foe Carl Froch.
Ward, 29, dealt with Froch convincingly when the pair clashed in the Super-Six final in 2011, with both having contrasting fortunes since. Whilst Ward has been suffering from injuries which led to the WBC stripping him of his belt, Froch has gone on to unify the division with impressive victories over Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler.
Talk of a return between the two best 168lbers in the world has come and gone in the past twelve months and Ward is now looking towards a fight with Groves if Froch turns down the opportunity to put right his debated stoppage win over the Londoner last November.
“UK fans are still not happy with Carl “The Cobra” Froch huh? – quizzed Ward via his official Twitter account.
“That’s why I respect UK fans, they ride for the home team, but tell the truth!
“Thing is…if he (Froch) is going to live up to his tough guy image, he has to rematch Groves or try to avenge his loss to me. He’s got two options. His fans won’t except anything else. What do you think #UK?
The ‘Son of God’ then finished by stating: “I would consider fighting George Groves next. He showed a lot his last fight. He’s a good fighter and deserves a shot.”
Veteran Froch inflicted a first loss in twenty on 25 year-old Groves in Manchester and has witnessed his stock rise considerably, even in defeat, after dropping ‘The Cobra’ and pushing him hard for the nine rounds the fight lasted.
‘The Saint’ has been vocal in calling out Froch to open talks on what would be a high-profile pay-per-view return if agreed for next year, but will take heart from the fact that another world title shot could be in the offing from Ward.
Given that Ward is rated so highly in the division, it may be wise for Groves to put another check in the win column first before he aims for world title glory once more as two losses on the spin may put an end to any chances of sealing a Froch return before his compatriot retires.
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