UPDATE & QUOTES
NEW YORK (March 17, 2010) – As reported, WBA World Champion Andre Ward has suffered an injury and is unable to fight Allan Green on April 24. The scheduled Group Stage 2 tournament matchup between WBC world championship Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will take place as planned on Saturday, April 24, from Herning Denmark, airing on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT as a one-fight card (same-day delay).
The Ward vs. Green bout, a Group Stage 2 matchup of the Super Six World Boxing Classic and Ward’s first world title defense, will be rescheduled.
“I honestly don’t think he will ever get in the ring with me,” said Green earlier this week. “I don’t think this is a fight Andre Ward and his people ever wanted… If I had it my way he’d take a cortisone shot and fight on April 24. I seriously doubt he’s ever going to fight me….. I hope it’s valid, because there’s been a lot put into this from everybody involved and there’s no time to play games…”
Green continued: “… if he were fighting Jermain Taylor or Sakio Bika, I’m sure he’d be good to go right now. I’m a fighter. I fight through bumps, bruises and injuries and we go through that. I fought Tarvis Simms with a bad right shoulder. If you’re knee keeps getting hurt it could be something chronic and you’re probably not going to be ready in six weeks. If your knee is swollen, just take a cortisone shot, stop bitching and get your ass in the ring.”
Andre Ward responded, “I don’t think Allan Green and his team realize how bad I want this fight. They will get the fight as soon as a new date is rescheduled. I’m a pretty straight forward person and there is no gray area with me so if I say there’s something wrong with my knee, then that’s just what it is. I’m a champion and I’ve proven throughout my career in both the amateurs and professional ranks that I have no problem fighting the best. Everything is fine with my promotional and management team, and any negotiations that are going on are business as usual. I look forward to getting back in the ring at 100% and defending my WBA title in the Super Six World Boxing Classic.”
Dan Goossen, upon reading Green’s comments said, “These baseless and incorrect comments should appear in the Enquirer where they belong with the 5-legged dog! Anyone that states Andre Ward is either ducking or untruthful does not know Andre Ward. There’s no need to rebut Green’s comments. Soon enough he will find out that his boasting of beating Andre Ward as well as Ward’s desire not to fight him are both going up in flames.”
SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC SCOREBOARD
Record Fighter Points
1-0 Arthur Abraham 3
1-0 Carl Froch 2
1-0 Andre Ward 2
0-1 Andre Dirrell 0
0-1 Mikkel Kessler 0
0-0 Allan Green 0
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ABOUT SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC
The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a ground-breaking, six-fighter tournament from SHOWTIME Sports® featuring the class of the super middleweight (168-pound) division from around the world. All bouts in the Super Six tournament will be contested under the Unified Rules of Boxing. Each boxer fights three bouts against different opponents in the field in the points-based Group Stage of competition (Win – 2 pts with a 1-pt bonus for KO/TKO; Loss – 0 pts; Draw – 1 pt.). After the Group Stage, the four fighters with the highest point totals will advance to the single-elimination Semi-Finals. The winners of the Semi-Final bouts will advance to the Finals and fight for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic trophy.