Andre Ward And Carl Froch Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament Classic Final DUAL SIGNED Pre Fight Press Conference Photo

Andre Ward And Carl Froch Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament Classic Final DUAL SIGNED Pre Fight Press Conference Photo

Andre Ward (INSCRIBED "God Bless") and Carl Froch Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament Classic Final DUAL SIGNED (silver sharpie) pre fight press conference 12" x 18"photo, 17th December 2011, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Ward W unanimous decision
* Andre Ward versus Carl Froch Super Six Tournament Super Middleweight Final Andre Ward, BoxRec # 2 Super Middleweight, remains undefeated by barely decisioning the BoxRec # 3 Carl Froch on two scorecards in a battle between the WBC and WBA World champions.
* Ward appeared to win eight or nine of the first ten rounds on technical skill by out jabbing Froch and staying out of range.
* Froch landed the power shots when he did land. He won rounds eleven and twelve as Ward tired and hung on, with Froch unable to knock Ward out late as he did with Jermain Taylor.
* No power shots from Ward, but Froch just could not find the target, and when he did Ward tied him up very effectively.
* Two judges-American and Canadian-had the bout 115-113 for Ward, meaning if Froch won one more round the bout would have been a majority draw.
* The British judge surprisingly had the bout 118-110 for Ward.
* Clean bout, no fouls or point deductions, outstanding job by neutral referee Steve Smoger who was favored by both sides
* Froch did hit Ward after the bell of one round, but it appeared unintentional, with Froch perhaps unable to hear the bell due to the loud noise of the crowd in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
* Ward retains the WBA Super World Super Middleweight title, in the WBC and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight titles, and the Super Six Tournament Super Middleweight Finals trophy.
* Boxing commentator Barry McGuigan stated "He (Ward) has capulted himself into the top ten pound for pound. That was a most magnificent performance. He diffused Froch's power by coming (moving) back, really beautiful stuff."
* Boxing commentator Glenn McCrory stated "When you see Ward slipping punches, and moving in and out of range, and beating Froch to the inside, Ward beat Carl at his own game."
* Boxing commentator Amir Khan noted the bout was "A top performance by both fighters."
* Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins were at ringside. Hopkin's name was mentioned with Lucian Bute as possible future opponents for Ward.


Andre Ward (born February 23, 1984) an American and the current WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring Super Middleweight Champion.

Currently, Ward is rated among the best pound-for-pound boxers in the World. He is rated #6, #7 and #5 by Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated and The Ring respectively. Ward was a Gold Medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Ward was named Ring Magazine fighter of the year in 2011.

Early Life
Andre was born to Frank Ward, an American of Irish descent, and Madeline Arvie Taylor, an African American. His father inspired him by regaling him with stories of hard fought battles and triumphant victories. Given the choice to fight or pursue other sports, the young Andre chose boxing and has poured his mind, body and soul into the sport & became a World champion.

Ward grew up in the East Bay in the Fairview neighbourhood of Hayward, in California, where he attended Fairview Elementary, Bret Harte Junior High School and Hayward High School. At Hayward High he starred as a running back and safety on the football team. When he turned 17 he became a close friend to boxer Andre Dirrell.

Amateur Career
Ward started boxing in 1994 and had a record of 110–5 as an amateur. From 1998 to 2004 he didn't lose a single match. In 2002, he won the Under 19 National Championship and was also a two time U.S. National Champion in 2001 and 2003 at Middleweight.

Amateur Highlights
* 2001 United States Amateur Middleweight Champion
* 2002 Under 19 National Championship
* 2003 United States Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion
* Won the Light Heavyweight gold medal for the United States at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece becoming the first American boxer to capture gold in 8 years.

His results were:
* 1st round – Second Place at the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
* 2nd round – Defeated Clemente Russo (Italy) 17–9
* Quarterfinals – Defeated Evgeny Makarenko (Russia) 23–16
* Semifinals – Defeated Utkirbek Haydarov (Uzbekistan) 17–15
* Gold Medal Match – Defeated Magomed Aripgadjiev (Belarus) 20–13

Professional Career
Ward made his pro debut on December 18, 2004 by scoring a second round TKO over Chris Molina. Ward dropped Molina in the first round with a straight left cross to the chin that drove him into the ropes and down on the second strand. Ward, continued to dominate the action and dropped Molina for the second and final time with another sharp left hook to the jaw. The referee waved off the bout at 40 seconds of the second round.

On February 5, 2005 Ward fought in his second pro fight against Kenny Kost. Ward overcame a rocky second round, in which he was hurt by a left hook, to win by unanimous decision. Ward defeated Roy Ashworth on April 7, 2005 by disqualification, after Ashworth committed numerous fouls on Ward, including shoving Ward to the canvas and hitting him in the back of his head.

Ward won his next three fights, all by knockout, before going up against Darnell Boone on November 19, 2005. Ward was knocked down for the first time in his career in round four. Despite the knockdown, Ward went on to win by unanimous decision.

After the fight with Boone, Ward went on to win his next six fights, including TKO victories over undefeated Andy Kolle and Francisco Diaz. On November 16, 2007 Ward beat undefeated Roger Cantrell by fifth round TKO in Saint Lucia.

On March 20, 2008, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Ward defeated Rubin Williams by seventh round TKO. Ward hit Williams with jabs and straight left hands almost at will, opening a bad cut over Williams' left eye in the process. The cut would force the referee to stop the fight.

Ward faced Jerson Ravelo on June 20, 2008, in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, for the vacant regional NABO super middleweight title. Ward dominated Ravelo for the majority of the fight en route to a TKO victory in the eighth round.

On May 16, 2009, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Ward defeated Edison Miranda by unanimous decision. The scores were 116–112, 119–109, 119–109 for Ward. Ward showed he had an inside game as well as an outside game. Miranda couldn't stay up with Ward's versatility around the ring.

On September 12, 2009, at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Ward defeated Shelby Pudwill by TKO in the 3rd round.

Super Six
Ward vs Kessler
Andre Ward defeated Mikkel Kessler on November 21, 2009 for the WBA Super Middleweight Championship in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Kessler was the strong favourite going into Showtime's Super Six tournament. In a career-defining performance, undefeated hometown favourite Ward put the U.S. on the board in the Super Six and captured the WBA Super Middleweight title with a dominant 11 round technical decision over Denmark’s Kessler in their Group Stage 1 bout. The fight was stopped in round 11 due to cuts on Kessler's face caused by what was deemed unintentional headbutts by Ward. The fight went to the scorecards and Ward was far ahead by scores of 98–92, 98–92 and 97–93 at the time of the stoppage.

Ward vs Green
In January 2010 Jermain Taylor announced his exit from Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament. Ring Top 10 ranked Super Middleweight Allan Green was selected as his replacement and challenged Andre Ward on June 19.

Ward, defending the WBA Super Middleweight title, outclassed an opponent who spent most of the fight with his back against the ropes. Ward defeated Green by unanimous decision on June 19, 2010. Though the 30-year-old gamely fought on, the knockout he needed to win never appeared remotely likely and he looked a spent man by the end as he picked up the second loss of his 31-fight pro career.

Ward vs Bika
Ward was exempt from the final preliminary fight in the Super Six because he had already secured a number one position in the elimination rounds and his designated opponent (Andre Dirrell) had dropped out of the tournament. Instead, Ward successfully defended his WBA Super Middleweight title, unanimously outpointing another Top 10 ranked Super Middleweight, Sakio Bika, in front of a sparse crowd at Oracle Arena. Fighting in front of his hometown crowd as part of a dual-site co-main event, Ward didn't land many big shots but repeatedly hit Bika with a stinging left jab that the challenger was unable to counter. Ward won all 12 rounds on one judges scorecard and was ahead 118–110 on the other two.

Ward vs Abraham
Ward's next title defence came against Top 10 ranked Super Middleweight Arthur Abraham on May 14, 2011 in Carson, California. Ward started out slow with Abraham, trying to find a way to penetrate his tight defence. After a competitive first few rounds, Ward seized control of the fight, using his ring savvy and instincts to control Abraham. Although Abraham was somewhat passive at times, he gave an earnest effort and frequently threw combinations that were mostly blocked by Ward. Abraham hurt Ward a couple of times in the final round, but it wasn't enough to finish Ward, who had dominated the fight and won a lopsided unanimous decision.

Carl Froch vs Andre Ward
Andre Ward won the Super Six tournament in a dramatic bout against WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch. In the first 7 rounds, Ward outboxed Froch, successfully using his jab to neutralize Froch and beating Froch to the punch from a distance and at close range. In the later rounds, Ward seemed to take his foot off the gas, leaving Froch to win a couple rounds near the end of the fight, though they were close and fairly competitive rounds. The judges scorecards were 115–113, 115–113 and 118–110, all in favor of Ward, with two of the scorecards being much closer than the general consensus of the how the fight played out. Ward won the vacant The Ring Super Middleweight title.

Ward vs Dawson
Ward's next fight was set for September 8, 2012 against The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson. The fight was at 168 lbs for Ward's Super Middleweight titles. It ended in round 10 with a technical knockout victory for Ward when Dawson asked the referee for the fight to be ended with the words: "It's over. I'm finished. I'm done."

In the first two rounds, Ward and Dawson felt each other out, with neither fighter having much success, though Dawson was able to land a few counter right hooks as Ward lunged inside. In the third round, Ward dropped Dawson with a left hook and dominated the round. Again in the fourth round, Ward was able to drop Dawson, in another dominating round. From fifth round until the end of the fight, Ward was able to neutralize Dawson's jab and work rate, seemingly out boxing and frustrating Dawson throughout. Then, in the tenth round, Ward dropped Dawson to a knee after a solid combination, which prompted referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight after Dawson could not continue.

Ward vs Pavlik
Ward was scheduled to defend his super middleweight titles against former lineal, WBC, and WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on January 26, 2013 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. However, an injury sustained by Ward originally postponed the bout for 4 more weeks and the fight was expected to take place on February 23, 2013. The injury was more severe than originally thought and led to the cancellation of the fight as well as the subsequent retirement of Pavlik.

Personal Life
Born in San Francisco, California, Ward currently lives in Dublin, CA and trains in Oakland, CA. He has three sons and a daughter.

Andre Ward made an appearance in the 2008 documentary, Beyond the Ropes.

Connection To Victor Conte
On December 4, the LA Times ran a story connecting Andre Ward with former convicted doping provider Victor Conte. Andre Ward was quoted saying:

"Victor, I like you man, but don't go down that road with me," Ward said he told Conte. "Victor's a brilliant guy when it comes to this stuff (sports science), but I was still going to be watchful. I did my due diligence. I read all the labels. And I feel he deserves to be forgiven."

Carl Froch (born 2 July 1977), is a two time and reigning WBC Super Middleweight champion. He previously held the British title at Super Middleweight level, as well as the English title and also the Commonwealth belt.

Froch began boxing at his home in Colwick, Nottingham at 9 years old. He later joined the Phoenix ABC in Gedling, near Nottingham. As an amateur he won two ABA middleweight titles in 1999 and 2001 and a bronze medal at the 2001 World Amateur Boxing Championships before turning pro and having his first pro fight in March 2002.

During his amateur career, he lost a fight to Denis Inkin, who he was scheduled to fight in a title eliminator in 2008, but Inkin pulled out on three occasions.

Professional Career
Froch has had 28 professional fights, with 20 knockout and 7 decision victories, suffering defeat only once.

Froch, trained by Robert McCracken and managed by Mick Hennessy, is the current WBC World super-middleweight champion.

In 2004, he won the vacant British and Commonwealth Championships. He has defended both against Brian Magee, Tony Dodson, Matthew Barney and Damon Hague, and the Commonwealth belt alone against Ruben Groenewald and Dale Westerman, earning him a Lonsdale Belt outright in the process and fulfilling a long-held ambition.

Following a victory over the Armenian Sergey Tatevosyan, on the 9 November 2007 at Trent FM Arena in Nottingham he stopped veteran ex-World champion Robin Reid, after which Reid retired.

He is a supporter of Nottingham Forest and has a season ticket, making him a popular figure among Forest fans. He occasionally trains at Forest's training ground when a fight is upcoming. He has also appeared on the popular Sky Sports Saturday Morning Football show Soccer AM the week before a fight. He has been a special guest at the City Ground on a number of occasions and received a warm welcome from the Forest faithful.

On 10 May 2008, at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham Carl Froch stopped unbeaten Polish Albert Rybacki in the 4th round of a scheduled 12. Rybacki was drafted in as a last-minute replacement after initial opponent Denis Inkin pulled out on two occasions and no Top 30 fighter was willing to take the fight at two weeks' notice.

Jean Pascal
On 6 December 2008, Froch fought Canadian Jean Pascal for the vacant WBC super middleweight title and won after a hard-fought 12-round brawl. Both combatants showed enormous grit and determination, landing and taking huge shots from one another without even flinching.

Since the fight, Froch and Pascal have become friends on a personal level and have made a promise to face each other again in the future.

Pascal has since moved up to light heavyweight and become the WBC light heavyweight champion after defeating Adrian Diaconu. Pascal has since defended his title four times, including a bout against highly-touted American Chad Dawson, and a majority draw in home territory, against a 45 year old Bernard Hopkins that saw the only judge not scoring a draw awarding the fight to Hopkins. Pascal lost the rematch in a fight that saw Hopkins crowned the oldest ever World champion.

Carl Froch vs Jermain Taylor
On 25 April 2009, Froch fought Jermain Taylor in his first defence of his WBC super middleweight title, at the Foxwoods Resort in Foxwoods, Connecticut. Froch survived a third-round knockdown – the first of his entire career, amateur and professional – and, behind on two of the three judges' cards coming into the final round, he managed to stop his opponent with a stunning 12th round knockout.

After the fight, brimming with confidence, Froch was quick to send out a verbal challenge to unbeaten Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe and was also quoted as saying "Kessler, Pavlik, Hopkins, I want them all to feel the force."

Super Six World Boxing Classic
On 13 July, Froch agreed to take part in the Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament devised by American giant Showtime. The tournament features 6 boxers including Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Jermain Taylor, Andre Ward and Froch himself. Froch's first opponent in the Super Six was Andre Dirrell.

Andre Dirrell
The bout took place in Nottingham on 18 October and Froch's WBC World title was on the line. Froch won the fight and retained his title with a split decision victory over the previously undefeated Andre Dirrell. Two of the judges scored the bout 115-112 in favour of Froch, with the other scoring the bout 114-113 in favour of Dirrell.

Mikkel Kessler
Froch's next fight was against Mikkel Kessler, who lost the WBA Super Middleweight Championship to Andre Ward. Froch's WBC title was again on the line. In a closely fought contest in Kessler's home country of Denmark where both men had great moments throughout the fight, Kessler took Froch's title and inflicted Froch's first professional defeat via unanimous decision, the judges scoring the contest by margins of 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111. Froch later stated that the fight was close and that he believes the decision would have gone his way if the event had been held in Nottingham.

Arthur Abraham
Froch faced former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in the third stage. However, since an eye injury forced Mikkel Kessler to relinquish his WBC title and resign from the tournament, Froch-Abraham was for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title. Both Froch and Abraham came off of a loss in stage two of the Super Six. Abraham lost after a disqualification against former Froch victim Andre Dirrell, when Abraham landed a sweeping hook to the chin of Dirrell while he was down on one knee.

Froch put up, arguably, the best performance of his career to regain the WBC super-middleweight title as he dominated from start to finish to claim a unanimous points victory over Arthur Abraham in Helsinki. Many doubted Froch would last the distance against the powerful Abraham and that Abraham would knock him out,Abraham was also the favourite to win at the bookmakers. Pundits felt that his porous defence and awkward style would be no match for Abraham's power. Froch won the fight against Abraham, with the scores given by the judges of 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108, reflecting the one-sided nature of the bout.

Glen Johnson
Off the heels of his shutout victory over Abraham, Froch entered the semifinal stage of the tournament. His semi-final opponent on June 4th 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jerseywas Glen Johnson, a veteran fighter with wins over Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver. Johnson had entered as a late replacement for Mikkel Kessler and knocked out Allan Greento advance to the semi-finals. The first few rounds of the fight were feel-out rounds. Johnson put pressure on Froch early, but the Englishman was able to keep him at bay with counter punches and combinations. Froch's tendency to keep his left hand low worked against him as Johnson was able to land the right hand with regularity in the middle rounds. Froch, known for his durable chin, was never wobbled by Johnson's big punches, instead answering back with more combination punching. In the late rounds, Johnson appeared to be gassed, and Froch was able to win the championship rounds decisively. He retained his title with a majority decision victory, with the scores given by the judges of 116-112, 117-111, and 114-114. He is scheduled to fight Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward in the super six final.

Andre Ward
Carl Froch lost in the final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament in a dramatic bout against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward. The vacant The Ring super middleweight title would be on the line in the fight, as well as Froch and Ward's super middleweight titles. In the first 7 rounds, Ward outboxed Froch, successfully using his jab to neutralize Froch and beating Froch to the punch from a distance and at close range. In the later rounds, Ward seemed to take his foot off the gas, leaving Froch to win a couple rounds near the end of the fight, though they were close and fairly competitive rounds. The judges scorecards were 115–113, 115–113 and 118–110, all in favor of Ward. Ward won the vacant The Ring super middleweight title.

Carl Froch vs Lucian Bute
The IBF officially enforced Carl Froch as Lucian Bute's number one mandatory challenger. The fight, billed as "No Easy Way Out", took place on 26 May 2012 in Froch's hometown of Nottingham. Despite being the underdog with bookmakers, critics and fans around the World, Froch dominated Bute throughout the fight to become the new IBF super-middleweight champion via TKO in round five, making Froch a three-time World champion.

IBF Champion
After the Bute fight and acquiring IBF belt, Froch defeated Yusaf Mack via knockout. The British website BoxRec named Froch the "Fighter of the Year" in the end of 2012.

Froch vs Kessler II
On 25th May 2013, Froch beat Mikkel Kessler in a rematch from their fight in 2010 via a unanimous points decision at The O2 Arena in London, with the judge's scoring the bout 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. After the match, Froch hinted at a rematch against Andre Ward in the UK, or a possible rubber match against Kessler.

Personal Life
Froch was born in Nottingham in 1977 to an English mother (Carol) and an English father (Frank), his surname is from his Polish grandparents. Early in his life Froch wanted to become a footballer and play for Nottingham Forest, his local football team, and has stated that he would love to fight at the City Ground. Froch is an avid fan of Johnny Cash and is also a keen historian with regards to combat. He is married to UK glamour model Rachael Cordingley.

In his column for the Nottingham Evening Post, he announced the birth of his first child Rocco who weighed 6 lbs 14.5oz.