• Carl Froch v Andre Ward

Ward cannot knock me out - Froch

ESPN staff
December 16, 2011
Carl Froch made the weight at 167.5lbs © Getty Images

Carl Froch is adamant Andre Ward cannot knock him out after the Brit comfortably made the weight for their super-middleweight showdown on Saturday.

The 34-year-old weighed in at 167.5lbs, while Ward tipped the scale at the uppermost limit of 168lbs.

Froch puts his WBC title on the line in a bid to get his hands on Ward's WBA belt in the Super Six final in Atlantic City on Saturday.

Having regained the title he lost to Mikkel Kessler in April last year, Froch has seen off Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson en route to the final, where he takes on former Olympic champion Ward.

"I have come in again smack on the money weight-wise, no problem at all. I'm feeling good, confident, strong," Froch told Sky Sports. "Mentally, physically, the training, the sparring, the preparation, it has all gone good so I couldn't be happier."

With Amir Khan losing his WBA and IBF light-welterweight belts to Lamont Peterson in Washington last week, Froch has admitted he must be wary of the judges favouring home favourite Ward. A knockout would remove any danger of a controversial decision, and Froch is confident he has the power to leave his opponent on the canvas.

"I told him I can punch harder than he think, I am going to try knock him out. I'm not messing around, I'm here to win the fight," Froch said.

"He can't knock me out, and potentially he's getting knocked out. He's a very good fighter, but he's not a big-hit puncher. I can punch very hard, and I'm in the ring tomorrow night to let him know I can punch hard, from round one through to round 12 if necessary."

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