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Ward tells Froch: Make an offer if you want a rematch

ESPN staff
December 16, 2012
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WBA and WBC super-middleweight world champion Andre Ward has told Carl Froch to 'make him an offer' if he is serious about a rematch in 2013.

Froch is reportedly eager to fight the American next year, in order to gain revenge for one of only two defeats he has suffered as a professional - after Ward stripped him of his world title with victory in the final of the Super Six tournament in late 2011.

Froch bounced back this year to become a three-time world champion at the weight with a win over Lucian Bute, and is now looking to take on Ward once again. But the Oakland native says he is yet to hear anything from Froch's camp - and, although he would be interested in a second meeting, wants to see a serious offer on the table.

The same goes for Mikkel Kessler - another super-middleweight world champion who has expressed a desire to fight either Ward or Froch over the next 12 months.

"I would love it," Ward said, speaking to Sky Sports, about facing Froch again. "I think Kessler and Froch are made for each other. But I don't think either one of them wants to fight me. I think they should stop misleading the fans and be honest.

"Neither [Eddie] Hearn [Froch's manager] or Sauerland [Kessler's promoters] have made us an offer to fight here in the States, or anywhere else in the world."

In a message to Hearn, he added: "Pick up the phone and make us an offer if you guys say you want this rematch. If you're that confident in Froch, pick up the phone."

Ward hinted that he would be prepared to come to England for the fight, if the price - and venue - is right.

"I don't have to do it, so it would be a treat for the UK fans," he noted. "Froch won't fight out of Nottingham and that 10,000-seat arena, unless he fights me.

"I guarantee if I come to the UK, we'll double that."

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