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Andre Ward responds to Carl Froch’s criticism of his ‘ugly’ style

Ward mentions that he broke his hand halfway through his fight with Froch and still beat him.

Sergey Kovalev v Andre Ward Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

While Andre Ward gears up to work the upcoming Chris Eubank Jr-Renold Quinlan fight as a commentator, he took some time to talk to the Daily Mail about where his career currently stands and respond to some of the recent criticism levied against him by Carl Froch.

Ward begins by mentioning that a rematch against Sergey Kovalev is the only fight he has interest in at this moment, but that if that fight doesn’t come together he still loves his work as a boxing broadcaster.

Meanwhile, in response to Carl Froch’s depiction of him as an ‘ugly’ fighter, Ward reminds Froch that it doesn’t look good to sound so bitter about his 2011 loss to him — although he admits that he understands why considering the competitive nature of both of them.

“I know that losing that fight eats away at him. If I had been beaten it would eat away at me because like him I am very competitive. But once you go over to broadcasting you have to get over your arrogance. Sounding bitter is not a good look. Less so if you’re retired.”

Ward goes on to credit Froch with making the most of his strengths in boxing despite not being the most talented fighter out there. He also reflects on his win over Froch in the Super Six finals:

“We had a great battle. Carl had a few things to say about why he lost. But when he retired I made a point of saying that he was a great fighter, a real champion, how much I respect him and that he will become a Hall of Famer. I didn’t make too much of how I broke my left hand half way through the fight but still won.

“I only ever give praise to elite fighters. It would give Carl a better look if he could do the same.”

That aside, what most fans are curious about is whether or not Ward will actually fight again, or if he will decide to ride of into the sunset following the biggest win of his career.

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