Carl Froch has sensationally claimed the real reason behind former P4P Andre Ward’s retirement was due to him ‘sending people to sleep’ with his performances.
‘The Cobra’ pulled no punches when asked for his opinion about the American and laid into the two-weight world champion.
“Ward beat me fair and square and you can’t argue with what he has achieved in the sport. He has a very awkward style and has beaten everyone in front of him,” the 40 year-old exclusively told World Boxing News in London.
“But I’ll tell you what I don’t like – his performances. He sends people to sleep. As a boxing fan, I’ve never been excited or thought about tuning in to watch an Andre Ward fight.
“Do you ever rush back to watch a Ward fight? He’s a boring fighter.
“Nobody wants to broadcast his fight because he’s boring. HBO didn’t renew his contract, they cancelled it due to nobody tuning in to watch him and that’s the real reason he decided to retire.
“It’s public knowledge, it isn’t me making things up. I got told myself that the channel didn’t want to give him a new contract and it forced him to retire as no other network was interested in him either.”
The Nottingham man hung up the gloves himself in 2014 following his breath-taking knockout of George Groves at Wembley Stadium.
Reflecting on his magnificent career, the boxer-turned-analyst has no regrets about failing to secure a rematch with Ward.
“I haven’t got sour grapes towards him beating me and it doesn’t bother me that I didn’t get the rematch.
“We offered him the rematch and invited him to Nottingham, the atmosphere would have been great, but he wanted the fight in America.
“The defeat was the making of me. With Matchroom I went on to destroy Lucian Bute, somebody he didn’t want to fight, and then went on to beat Mikkel Kessler, which was on PPV, followed by Groves 1 and the rematch.
“I’m now a hall-of-famer and get greeted with handshakes and backslaps everywhere I go, it’s a really great feeling.”
Rumours have circulated about the prospect of a bout between Rocky Creed castmates Ward and Tony Bellew. And the Sky Sports commentator has backed the Brit to prevail if the match-up is made.
“I hear he may be coming back against Tony Bellew and if so, I hope my mate Tony knocks him out. And I think he could. He’s the bigger man and could catch him with some big shots.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95
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