Yesterday's final press conference for the Super Six World Boxing Classic championship fight on Saturday night on Showtime produced some good quotes, and now we have a photo gallery for you to check out as well.
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Ward (24-0, 13 KO) and Froch (28-1, 20 KO) do agree on one thing: Lucian Bute, the Montreal-based Romanian with the big fanbase, has to come to them. Ward and Froch see themselves, and one another, as the true top two super middleweights in the world..
Ward said of Bute, "Lucian Bute needs to fight the winner of this fight to be the best. That's just the bottom line. No disrespect to Lucian Bute but he's fought B- and C-level competition. He's done what he was supposed to; he got them out of there. But it's like he's preserving himself, just trying to wait for the winner of this tournament while we have been putting in a lot of hard work. He has to come to us. We won't have to go to him."
"Lucian Bute isn't even in the discussion," said Froch. "I know he's the IBF champion but the two names on his record are Brian Magee and Glen Johnson, that's it. He lost to a guy named Librado Andrade. He actually got KO'd. The referee picked him up off the floor, washed his windshield 40 seconds later and the bell was rung and he won on points. But in my opinion, he was knocked out. Lucian Bute needs to fight some of the top level people before he can call himself the best or in the top three in the world."
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Photos from the presser after the jump.
All photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME