By Michael Lieberman: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward is may be considered to be the best fighter in the 168 lb. division, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be able to get a second shot at IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch should he get passed George Groves tonight in their rematch in London, England.
Ward beat Froch by a 12 round decision several years ago in the Super Six tournament. However, Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn doesn’t see any point in letting him fight Ward again because he feels that the fight doesn’t make much business sense for him to make. To Hearn, Ward isn’t a popular enough fighter for him to make the Froch-Ward 2 rematch, as Hearn has better options to make more money for Froch, such as putting him back in with Groves for a 3rd fight or matching him against James DeGale or even Mikkel Kessler for a third fight.
Froch will be making $13 million tonight against Groves, and the chances are good that he’ll make similar money against DeGale and Kessler. But a fight with Ward might be as marketable for Hearn because it’s not a fight that he can stage at the Wembley Stadium due to Ward not being a big name in the UK like Groves, DeGale or Kessler are. Hearn also has the options to make good money for Froch by putting him in with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. or Gennady Golovkin once he’s gone through Groves, Kessler and DeGale.
“He’s [Ward] an unbelievable fighter; one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world,” Hearn said to Fighthype.com. “Commercially, unfortunately, he means very little. You know, if you ask these people here what ‘would you rather see, Froch-Groves or Froch-Ward;’ you know, the big domestic fights for me is where it’s at.”
Ward will be covering the Froch-Groves 2 rematch for HBO tonight at ringside in London, and it’s going to be interesting to hear what Ward has to say about Froch and the comments from his promoter Hearn.