Re: Requirements for a fight with Andre Ward
Ward gets away with that because he's leveraging the championship against opponents. The minute he loses in the ring, on the scales or due to inactivity, he'll sing a different tune because he's not exciting enough to make demands on his ring performances alone. When Froch and Kessler could fight for a third time and sell out an arena, when ward couldn't sell out a venue outside of his own town despite owning the division... that says all you need to know about the man's draw. (not to mention HBO giving him the klitchsko treatment, along with rigo) I think Ward would be hard pressed to fight Froch (in England) this time. Someone would say he needs Froch for the payday he wants, but he'll say Froch needs to make concessions if he wants a chance at redemption. Just the opinion of a humble American, but fighting Froch in the UK represents risk because British fight fans/ judges don't like stinkers of a fight. Direll already found that out thinking he could stink his way to a victory against Froch on English soil. As for testing, i dont think wards a dirty fighter. When you fight the style he fights, you dont need drugs to win fights. However i wouldn't be surprised to find out he's afraid of his shoulder related therapy, marring his reputation by turning up a dirty test and being stripped (see "title leverage" above). It could happen. Ask Berto and James toney. All in all if Ward was this generations roy jones, mike tyson, de la hoya... he could demand what he wanted and noone would say anything, but he's not. He's got the personality of a sack of grain and the fighting style of a octopus. (hes all arms and head) and that has people calling for him to continuously prove his mettle with a spectacular feat which he doesn't feel should be demanded of him. When people stop watching, he'll either step it up or look for some other way to get paid for what he does (endorsements). just my opinion, I could be wrong.
They want your @$$ beat because upsets make news. News brings about excitement, excitement brings about ratings. The objective is to bring you up to the tower and tear your @$$ down. And if you don't believe that, you're crazy.
Roy Jones, Jr. "What I've Learned," Esquire 2003