SHOWTIME SPORTS® in association with UNINTERRUPTED, today released a clip from the upcoming documentary S.O.G.: The Book of Ward in which Hall of Fame boxer Andre Ward reveals that his trainer and godfather Virgil Hunter concealed the results of an X-ray showing Ward had shattered his left hand 10 days before his contentious matchup with super middleweight champion Carl Froch in the Super Six World Boxing Classic final. With Ward in danger of pulling out of the final against the swaggering, trash-talking Froch, Hunter fibbed to Ward that he had sustained a sprain in sparring and could carry on with the bout. Ward, who held the WBA title, would go on to unify the 168-pound division in a decisive win that looks even gutsier with the benefit of the clip that can be viewed HERE. It’s one of many revelations brought to light in S.O.G.: The Book of Ward, which premieres Friday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and on SHOWTIME streaming and on demand platforms that same day.
The clip is also noteworthy for the entertaining pre-fight confrontations between Ward and Froch in the buildup to their 2011 fight on SHOWTIME, from the press conference to a face-off with Jim Gray moderating as they sit across from one another.
“Now Carl Froch is probably the most annoying fighter that I’ve ever fought,” Ward says in the film. “But he’s also the most competitive. And it takes one to know one.”
To watch and share the clip from S.O.G.: The Book of Ward, go to: https://youtu.be/7eLuqx4EFek
The film, which was produced by the athlete empowerment brand UNINTERRUPTED founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, reveals in personal terms Ward’s journey from a turbulent childhood in Oakland, Calif., through the pressures of world championship expectations to his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame after he finished his career a five-time, undefeated world champion and Olympic gold medalist.
S.O.G.: The Book of Ward was directed and executive produced by Rachel Neubeck and co-director Diaunte Thompson. For UNINTERRUPTED, James, Carter, Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron served as executive producers, alongside Co-Executive Producer Matt Rissmiller.
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