The WBA is keen to have their 168 super champ Carl Froch do a rematch with Andre Ward, and have asked the two men and their camps to start talking. Froch, age 37, tangled with Ward and lost a UD12 in 2011. Ward, age 31 on Feb. 23, has been on the shelf since Nov. 2013, and is thisclose to getting back in the ring, with new promoter Roc Nation helping to plan his course.
Froch snagged the belt from Mikkel Kessler in May 2013, and has won five in a row since the Ward loss. His last two defenses were against George Groves.
Here is the release the WBA sent out:
ORDERS WARD VS FROCH MANDATORY FIGHT NEGOTIATIONS
The World Boxing Association Championships Committee order the opening of the negotiation for the mandatory fight between its 168 lbs super middleweight champions, super world champion Andre Ward and Carl Froch world champion.
Both parties have been duly notified and have 30 days to reach an agreement to fight in a period no longer than 120 days.In case an agreement for the Ward vs. Froch fight is not reached, the WBA will open the fight to Purse Bid.
Ward (USA) has a record of 27-0, 14 KO’s, and owns the belt ever since he defeated Mikkel Kessler in 2009.Ward has made six successful defenses including a prior fight in 2011
with Froch, whose record is 33-2, 24 KO’s, who has also been champion since his victory over Kessler in 2013. The Brit has defended his black and gold belt twice.
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