‘One of the very best in the world’


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Boxing ace Amir Khan has hailed stable-mate Andre Ward as one of the world’s very best, after the American boxer overcame the previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez last weekend.

The super-middleweight world champion, who holds the WBA Super and Ring Magazine titles, made his long-awaited return to the squared circle following an injury to his shoulder which has kept him out of action since September 2012.

CHAMP: Super middleweight world Champion, Andre Ward, has been highly praised by Bolton ace, Amir Khan

CHAMP: Super middleweight world Champion, Andre Ward, has been highly praised by Bolton ace, Amir Khan

Winning the bout on a unanimous points decision, Ward extended his unbeaten career to 27 fights and remains the number one ranked Super Middleweight in the world.

Now, Amir Khan, the former unified lightwelterweight world champion, has also backed Ward’s unique ability to be just as proficient and believes a possible rematch with British bruiser, Carl Froch, would be a ‘massive’ fight.

Ward convincingly beat the man from Nottingham when they met in December 2011 but Froch’s recent triumphs over Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler, plus the bad blood between the pair, has led to calls for them to share the ring again, something which excites Khan.

“If Ward and Froch fought again it would be a huge fight, particularly in Britain. They’ve both excelled in the supermiddleweight division and are the two leading names there now,” Khan said.

“They’re both world champions, so it’s a fight which definitely makes sense and one boxing fans want to see. I believe the fight would follow the same course as the first one. The thing is with Ward he’s very clever and smart, and can fight inside just as well as he does outside.

“Carl is an all-action sort of fighter and I think that plays into Ward’s hands because he can use his boldness against him. Ward would be more eager to try and get the stoppage in a rematch, because of some of the things which were said after the first fight, but there’s no doubt it would be a really exciting match up and occasion.”

Khan added: “The onus would be on Carl to take Ward into the trenches and force him to fight his kind of fight but that wouldn’t be easy to do because Ward is very disciplined and makes adjustments,”

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