Andre Ward plans to rest before thinking about his next fight. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
In an interview with BBC Radio 5, newly crowned true super middleweight world champion Andre Ward talked about his win last night over Carl Froch, what might be next for him, and a potential future rematch with the Brit star.
Ward was pleased with his performance, making clear as always that he's first concerned with winning, and then with everything else.
"We got our hand raised, so that's what we wanted to do. I didn't know how it was gonna look. I didn't know if it was gonna be pretty or be ugly. Carl is a good fighter," said Ward (25-0, 13 KO). "That's why I take nothing away from the guys that I fight, because I know what I'm getting into.
"I know these guys are good. Each fighter has a different set of skills that we have to be prepared for. I held Carl in high esteem before the bout, but I was firm about the way I was gonna handle myself, and that I was gonna get my hand raised. And we did that."
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Ward said that Froch was about what he expected, but again noted that he was surprised at Froch's slowness.
"He was right about what I thought he was gonna be. I was honestly at surprised at how slow he was, and I'm not trying to be funny," Ward said.
"I thought he was a little bit faster than that. But he's very wide, and he's a bit on the slow side. Taking nothing away from him, this guy has won a lot of great fights. So maybe speed isn't his strength, but he's getting it done, so you gotta respect him."
As for Froch's belief that he was coming on late in the fight and Ward was tiring, the new champion disagreed.
"I wasn't tired. He had some moments, but you're gonna have moments fighting at this level. I wasn't wilting, I wasn't on my way out."
And he wasn't hurt, he says.
"No, not one time. He had some moments, he landed good shots, but it was nothing that I haven't felt before. I think it would be unfair to say that he was coming on to point to where, you know -- I don't think that's accurate."
Asked if Froch was his toughest opponent to date, Ward wound up talking about Edison Miranda, a fighter he beat in May 2009 before the Super Six began.
"I don't think this was my toughest fight. Each fight is tough in a different way. I'll tell you what, one of my toughest fights was Edison Miranda," said Ward.
"Before I became champion. A lot of people said he was washed up. That guy was in tip-top shape, he was fighting a young, unproven guy, and he just didn't believe I was going to do anything to him. And the guy can hit hard, and he was determined that night. I tell you, that was probably one of my toughest fights. This (Froch) was a tough fight, but it wasn't my toughest. It ranks up there pretty high."
And Ward said that a rematch may someday make sense, but that he's not looking at that as a top option yet.
"That's an option. It's obviously not the first option, but down the road if it makes sense, if he goes on to win a couple fights, I continue to win, and the fans are clamoring for it and talking about it, I would be open for it."
What Ward does plan to do next, he has said, is get some rest.