ATLANTIC CITY — Andre Ward‘s unanimous decision over Carl Froch on Saturday not only added the Brit’s WBC 168-pound belt to the WBA crown that he already owned, but also earned him the Showtime Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.
Howerver, when Ward (25-0, 13 knockouts) was asked which honor for vanquishing Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) meant the most to him, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist proudly proclaimed that to be the prestigious RING belt.
“Oh, man. This is unbelievable. I love everything. But I’m going to be honest with you. I love all of the belts. I want to get all of the belts. I want the WBO and the IBF. I want to get all of the hardware,” Ward told RingTV.com during the post-fight press conference.
“But THE RING Magzine belt I think solidifies any questions about who is the best in the division. You can no longer be called a titlist if you hold THE RING Magazine belt. You’re a champion. And, there’s no sanctioning fees, so I love it. I love THE RING belt.”
Ward entered the tournament after consecutive unanimous decisions over Henry Buchanan and Edison Miranda.
In the tournament, however, Ward has more or less viciously brutalized his opposition, out-pointing former four-time beltholder Mikkel Kessler, once-beaten contender Allan Green and former middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham. Prior to facing Abraham, Ward waged war with RING-rated Sakio Bika over 12 rounds in a non-tournament bout.
Lem Satterfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org