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Froch pushing for Las Vegas debut

ESPN staff
June 16, 2011
Carl Froch kicked off the Super Six tournament with victory over Andre Dirrell © Getty Images

Carl Froch is pushing for his Super Six showdown finale against Andre Ward to be held in Las Vegas so he can fulfil a boxing 'dream'.

The WBC super middleweight champion will face WBA belt-holder Ward in a unification bout to decide the winner of the tournament later this year, with a venue yet to be decided due to ongoing building work to the originally planned venue - New York's Madison Square Garden.

Froch, however, would be delighted to finally get a chance to fight in Nevada when the bout finally takes place - having beaten his most recent opponent, Glen Johnson, in Atlantic City.

"I'm pushing hard for this fight to take place in Las Vegas," Froch said. "It's the boxing capital of the world and to see my name in lights along the Strip would be awesome.

"All boxers dream of fighting there and I'm no exception. I'm hopeful a deal can be done."

One of Froch's defeated opponents in the tournament, Andre Dirrell, is hoping to get a shot at whoever is victorious in the final.

Dirrell's promoter, Gary Shaw, believes the American was unlucky in a decision loss to Froch in Nottingham in 2009, and reckons Ward will have too much for the 33-year-old when the pair put their titles on the line.

"Well, I don't think it was an easy fight," Shaw told fighthype.com. "I think he [Froch] won the fight because it was in England. If it was over here [in the United States], he would have lost the fight.

"I have nothing against Froch. He's a fine fighter. He fought a very, very good fight against Glen Johnson.

"It's going to be a tough fight for him against Andre Ward. I believe Andre Ward beats him and then Dirrell will be there, you know, and hopefully we fight the winner."

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