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Froch slams Ward with Harrison comparison

ESPN staff
June 6, 2011
Carl Froch beat Glen Johnson on a majority decision on Saturday in Atlantic City © Getty Images

Carl Froch has kicked off the war of words with next opponent Andre Ward, describing the WBA super-middleweight champion as "not a big puncher".

WBC king Froch will go toe-to-toe with Ward in a unification clash in November, having booked his place in the Super Six Classic final with a points win over Glen Johnson on Saturday.

And while Ward is renowned as being accomplished technically - he won an Olympic gold medal - Froch insists his chin can withstand anything the American throws his way.

"Andre's a great fighter but Olympic medals don't guarantee anything as we have seen with Audley Harrison's career and more recently James DeGale," Froch said. "Ward has enjoyed a couple of decent wins against decent fighters but our bout is one I know I will win. Andre is not a big puncher. He is not a banger and anyone who can't bang against someone with a chin like me is asking for trouble.

"Sure Ward will think he can make up for not being a big puncher by his speed and movement but at some time in a fight he will have to take the heavy punches. I can do a number on him."

Ward, who unlike Froch remains unbeaten as a professional, is growing weary of the Brit's verbal provocation. "Carl is the kind of guy who always says he will never lose a round so it is up to whoever he faces to change that mind of his," Ward said.

"To be honest, the fans have always wanted to see Andre Ward facing Carl Froch. A lot of it is due to Froch talking a lot. A lot of people come up to me and say 'Please shut Carl Froch up'.

"I have been watching Froch for a long time. We know what we have to do to beat him. It will be a tough fight for both of us but I can be physical if I need be."

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