WBA super middleweight champ Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), trainer Virgil Hunter, and promoter Dan Goossen hosted members of the media at King's Gym in Oakland, CA on Friday to discuss how his training camp has been going in preparation for his upcoming SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final and world championship unification bout against WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs).
Many were interested in how Andre was doing after the accidental cut he sustained in training camp that forced the postponement of the original October 29 meeting.
“(Froch) targeting the cut is a non-issue for us. It's not something we talk about. Its not something we think about. We need to go in there and do what we've got to do and execute our game plan.”
“As the opponent, he is supposed to try to target the cut, but I think he'll get himself into trouble if he tries to focus too hard on trying to open up an old cut.
“He's been cut before too, like when he fought Pascal, and he puffs up and bleeds, so we've got a lot of spots we're gonna be targeting too.”
Andre didn't shy away from discussing the game plan he had in store for his Dec. 17 opponent. “I try not to fight with any one style. At this level, eventually enough people are going to watch tape of you, and they'll take advantage of a one dimensional fighter.”
“These are the type of fights that you need to win, and win convincingly in order to cross over to the higher levels. This is huge in terms of stakes that are on the line, but we train hard, as we do for every fight. This one is no different.”