Lem Satterfield

Showtime’s Ward-Froch “Staredown” premieres on Dec. 3


Showtime’s Staredown is the network’s equivalent of HBO’s Face Off, with hard-questioning interviewer, Jim Gray, in the role of its cable rival’s moderator, Max Kellerman.

The 15-minute segment will debut on Dec. 3 as the preview for Showtime’s Super Six Super Middleweight Classic title bout featuring THE RING’s No. 10-rated pound-for-pound WBA beltholder Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and THE RING’s No. 2-rated super middleweight WBC counterpart Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) on Dec. 17.

Staredown will air following the IBF-ordered bantamweight rematch between Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) and Joseph Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) that is slated for  the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Mares-Agbeko II was ordered in the wake of referee Russell Mora’s failure to penalize Mares for repeated low blows in their Aug. 13 fight on Showtime, during which Agbeko lost his title by unanimous decision.

Below is the transcribed dialogue from the short video preview of Staredown.

Jim Gray: This trophy right here. You guys have spent your entire lives dreaming about winning belts. You each have belts. But what does this trophy mean to you?

Carl Froch: [To Andre Ward] Do you feel that it would be great, hypothetically speaking, if you were to put that in your trophy cabinet? But let me tell you that it’s not happening.

Andre Ward: The way that my father raised me, we don’t pat ourselves on the back. We don’t call ourselves great. We let other people do that…

Froch: [Cutting Ward off] Okay, well you don’t need to get real deep and meaningful and start talking about daddy…

Ward: [Talking over Froch] So be it…

Froch: …All that I’m saying [to Gray] is that if he has no answer, so it if the answer is “No,” that’s fine.

Ward: [Cutting off Froch]…But what you’ve got to understand is that in this conversation and in our fight, you’re not in control. That’s what you love to be in, and when you’re not in control, you can’t handle it.

You want to try to get philosphical and everything, but when I get philosphical, then I’m too deep, and you’re not in control…

Froch: [Trying to cut back in] …He asked you a simple question…

Ward: …You’re trying to control what I say, and my responses…

Froch: [Again] …A simple question…

Ward: …You stay on your side of the table, and you answer the way that you want to, and I’m going to do the same thing.

Froch: …Okay…

Ward: …Jim Gray is narrating this thing, not you. Not Carl Froch.

Froch: …Okay…

Ward: …It’s not the Carl Froch Show.

Froch: …Thanks for pointing that out.

Ward: And that’s good for TV.

[All laugh.]


Photo by Tom Casino, Showtime

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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