Ward – Froch, Pre Fight Media Event NYC

NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2011) – Members of the media gathered at the elegant Edison Ballroom in New York City for the final press conference of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final between WBA champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs). Both fighters, along with their trainers and promoters discussed what is in store for Saturday night when the highly anticipated culmination of the two-year tournament to establish the most dominant super middleweight in the world takes place December 17 at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

Videos & Photos below! (courtesy of Goosen Tutor Promotions)

Super Six Title Postponed

ANDRE WARD’S TRAINING CAMP INJURY FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF SUPER SIX WORLD

BOXING CLASSIC FINAL VS. CARL FROCH

Originally Scheduled For Oct. 29, Organizers Actively Pursuing New Date

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2011) – Andre Ward, the WBA Super Middleweight World Champion and Super Six finalist, sustained a cut above his right eye during a sparring session on Thursday, Sept. 22. As a result, the Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament Final and world title unification fight with fellow Finalist and WBC World Champion Carl Froch has been postponed. The announcement was made jointly today by Ward’s promoter, Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions, Froch’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, and Ken Hershman of SHOWTIME Sports®.

The Final was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29 in Atlantic City, NJ. The promoters and Hershman are working together to identify a new date for the significant matchup.

The SHOWTIME Sports documentary film crew FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic was filming for the next episodes of the acclaimed series at the time of the incident at Ward’s gym in Oakland, Calif. The camera crew joined Ward on an impromptu flight from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, where Ward received seven stitches from leading plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wallace to close the cut. Ward was informed by Wallace that he would be unable to fight as scheduled on October 29 and that he will remove the stitches next Thursday, Sept. 29. The next episode of FIGHT CAMP 360° is scheduled for Oct. 8, 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®.

Ward said: “I’m extremely disappointed about this cut. We used every precaution, including headgear with a face bar and it was just a fluke situation. My sparring partner and I were involved in an exchange inside and the next thing I knew, I was bleeding. That is the most frustrating thing about this-I don’t have an explanation for how it happened.

“This is very frustrating for my camp and I, and I knew that if the shoe was on the other foot and Froch suffered an injury, I would be extremely disappointed.

“We were in full camp and counting down the days until October 29. At this point, I’m looking forward to healing up and getting a new date to finish what I started and become the Super Six Champion.”

Ward continued, “I’d like to express my apologies to SHOWTIME, the fans and the Froch camp, but this is part of boxing. Ward and Froch will still get it on but, unfortunately, the date just has to be pushed back.”

“This is absurd and unprofessional. Ward needs to get his act together,” said Froch shortly after hearing the news. “Of course, you’ve got to take the medical advice seriously, but for a cut to put you out of a fight a full five weeks before the event is ludicrous. If it were two weeks out from the fight, maybe I’d understand. But he’s got 35 days to deal with it. To me, he’s showing his weakness. Nothing changes for me. I’ll be ready if and when he shows up.”

“Not much you can say,” said Goossen. “Andre was cut, he got stitched up, and he’ll be back as soon as possible.

“Injuries in boxing are inevitable at this, the highest level of competition,” said Hershman, the man behind the groundbreaking tournament. “As we’ve done since this tournament’s inception, we’ll forge ahead. We are seeking available dates at this time and hope to have an announcement shortly. Rest assured, we will deliver this dramatic final tournament bout, one that is surely the biggest fight in this division’s history.”

Said Hearn, “Obviously it is frustrating. Carl’s camp has gone perfectly and we were ready to unify the titles on October 29. Carl is in the shape of his life but he is a true professional and will take this in his stride and be ready for victory on a date given in 2011.”

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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 Semifinals. The winners of the Semifinal bouts will advance to the Final and fight for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.

About Showtime Networks Inc.
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Ward Press Conferences to stream live this week

NEW YORK (August 21, 2011) – The hard-hitting World Champions in “The Final” of the Showtime Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament, Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) will be sharing their U.S. swing of their international press tour with the world via internet stream.

Goossen Tutor has teamed up with the people at TVU Networks to use their streaming technology to bring the classy Ward together with the outspoken Froch when they go face-to-face at their New York and Oakland press conferences live.

Tuesday, Aug. 23 – New York City Press Conference 11:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Oakland, Calif. Press Conference 11:30 a.m. PT

ANDRE WARD AND CARL FROCH CLOSE OUT INTERNATIONAL PRESS TOUR TOMORROW IN OAKLAND TO ANNOUNCE SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING FINAL

WHO:
Andre Ward, WBA Super Middleweight Champion
Carl Froch, WBC Super Middleweight Champion
Mayor Jean Quan, city of Oakland
Ken Hershman, Executive VP and GM, SHOWTIME Sports®
Dan Goossen, Ward’s Promoter, Goossen Tutor Promotions
Antonio Leonard, Ward’s Co-Promoter, Goossen Tutor Promotions
Virgil Hunter, Ward’s Trainer
Eddie Hearn, Froch’s Promoter, Matchroom Sport

WHAT:
Andre Ward and Carl Froch conclude a three-city international press tour to formally announce the most important fight of their careers: the Super Six World Boxing Classic Final and World Championship Unification, live on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

WHEN:
Tomorrow, August 24th
11:30 a.m. to 1 pm

WHERE:
City Hall Plaza (directly in front of City Hall)
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland CA, 94612

The footage will stream LIVE at: www.goossentutor.com and www.showtime.net.

Andre Ward talks about fighting Carl Froch on Showtime