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LONDON (AFP) May 25, 2013, 11:19:54 PM EDT

 

Andre Ward lands a left jab on the face of Carl Froch during their WBA/WBC Super Middleweight Championship bout, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on December 17, 2011. Froch on Sunday called on Ward to meet him in a rematch after unanimously out-pointing Mikkel Kessler in a world super-middleweight title unification fight.

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Andre Ward lands a left jab on the face of


Carl Froch during their WBA/WBC Super Middleweight Championship bout, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on December 17, 2011. Froch on Sunday called on Ward to meet him in a rematch after unanimously out-pointing Mikkel Kessler in a world super-middleweight title unification fight.

 

Froch, 35, dictated behind his jab and there were moments in the enthralling encounter when both traded toe-to-toe, exactly as they had done in their first fight three years ago which saw Kessler win on points in his homeland.

Ward, 29, plans to return to the ring in September when he will have been out of action for a year due to a shoulder injury, but is still considered the super-middleweight division's number one.

 "Mikkel Kessler was the first step on the road to redemption," Froch told a news conference.

"I've boxed him in the USA. Now he needs to box me over here -- let's get him out of the USA.

"No one gets excited about Andre Ward. I had a little word with him after the fight and explained to him it wasn't personal but about his boxing style. His style would put a glass eye to sleep. He's tricky and knows how to win a fight but he's not exciting.

Three-time world champion Froch generously paid tribute to Kessler, 34, after their fight, which became explosive in the later rounds. The eighth was brutal and Kessler was shook by a right, yet absorbed the punishment to come back firing.

It was Froch's turn to take some hefty hooks in the 11th, but they did not seem to rattle him too much before both forgot defence and went looking for the knockout in a thrilling last round.

As exciting as both fights have been, Froch is unsure whether a third and deciding fight is possible.

"Stylistically we make good fights. I think I dominated him behind the jab and I don't know if he really wants it (a third fight)," he said.

"But it's 1-1. If there was a third fight it would have to be on neutral territory. I will listen to options and who ever I fight next it will have to be a defining fight because of where I'm at in my career.

"I'm 35 but feel fresh enough to have three or four top level fights."

"It was a very tough fight, and very tough coming over here, but it is nice to fight a warrior who wants to fight," he said.

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