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Ward vs Froch: Promoter Eddie Hearn Not Convinced Ward Wants the Fight

Promoter Eddie Hearn is not convinced that Andre Ward really wants to fight Carl Froch. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Promoter Eddie Hearn is not convinced that Andre Ward really wants to fight Carl Froch. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Promoter Eddie Hearn was on Sky Sports News in the United Kingdom this morning to address the developing situation that has Andre Ward declaring he'll be postponing his fight with Carl Froch. Ward has reportedly been cut in sparring, requiring seven stitches.

As expected, Hearn wasn't exactly thrilled with the development, and says that he first learned about it like most people did: From Twitter.

"All we can go on is the news given by Andre Ward. Very unprofessional to do so in that manner. I would think Showtime and his promoters will be fuming at the way he's delivered that message. At the moment, all we can do is take what he said," said Hearn.

Hearn also isn't entirely sold on the cut, but Showtime's Fight Camp 360 cameras were reportedly rolling, so there should be evidence.

"We don't believe it. We won't believe it until we see the cut," said Hearn.

"We want to see it. We're not happy. If they think they're going to make us wait, Carl Froch is 34 years of age, we've got work to do. And we want to get out and fight in October or November."

Hearn added that he'd want Froch to take a fight in Nottingham if the fight is to be postponed for a significant period of time.

"If we're talking about postponement until 2012, we're not happy. We want to fight. If that's the case, let's do a big show in Nottingham in October or November. Bring Carl Froch home to defend his WBC title. And if Andre Ward wants to fight in January of February next year, let's do it that way."

Hearn is troubled by the alleged severity of the cut, noting that even if it healed well, it would be a good amount of time before Ward could continue sparring, and thus preparing for a fight with Froch. He also isn't sure that Ward actually wants the fight with Froch.

"I can't see a postponement being two or three weeks if this injury is real. And you talk about he seems keen to fight Carl Froch. I'm not sure that's so true. I think he knows Carl Froch is going to take him to places he's never been before, and does he really fancy that? He's a bit of a golden boy in America. His back's never been against the wall, which it would be in that fight," said Hearn.

Hearn elaborated on the matter, saying, "Through dealing with Andre on the press tour, he likes to get everything his own way. And one thing I can guarantee you is that when you fight Carl Froch, you don't get everything your own way. So I'm not sure how much he wants this fight. The fight has to happen. It's the final of the Super Six. And delaying tactics, disruption tactics, we don't know."

It does appear that this fight is going to be postponed, but Showtime has not released an official statement yet.

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