Andre Ward is 32, he won an Olympic gold medal in 2004, he is unbeaten in 27 fights as a professional and for a variety of reasons has fought only three times in four years.
Ward will be back very soon and he has some harsh words for the world's finest fighters: "I don't understand how the best boxers in the world can keep making excuses for not fighting me. Carl Froch does not want to fight me, it has been impossible to get [Gennady] Golovkin and [Julio Cesar] Chavez in the ring. I'm ready, I would fight them all, but I don't need to go out and start shouting about fights with them."
It is the verbal jousting with Froch that is making the headlines. Froch, we should remember, was beaten by Ward in 2011 in Atlantic City as part of the Super Six tournament. On the night, two judges had it relatively close at 115-113, but Froch has admitted that the score flatters him. Ward, who is often a hard watch, was masterful against Froch and handled the Nottingham fighter with comfort for most of the fight.
"I can understand Froch wanting to fight me again, to try and get revenge," said Ward. "I have nothing against Froch, I have been around him long enough to understand what he wants - the problem is that he doesn't seem to know what he wants. I would fight him in the UK, no problem. I need that to be a fact and I have absolutely nothing against the people of Nottingham. But, I'm not fighting him in his hometown. If they would come out in Nottingham, they will come out at Wembley."
Ward knows that his return to the ring - he last fought in November 2013 - will not be against Froch, but he was dismissive of some of the recent comments from the Nottingham fighter. "Froch keeps trying to find new excuses to not fight me. He has claimed that I'm walking around at 200 pounds and that is a lie. I can do 168 pounds [the super-middleweight limit] comfortably. I have not been away from the gym, I'm in great condition. Froch is wrong about the weight."
There has been much bold talk of Ward moving to light-heavyweight where there are, in theory, some big fights for him, but he is in no hurry to switch weights. "If I go up to light-heavyweight it will be because I need a challenge and not because I can no longer make the super-middleweight limit. I was a light-heavyweight at the Olympics but I never weighed more than 170 pounds - I could have made 168, but that is not an Olympic weight."
Ward finally settled his management dispute in January and is clearly desperate to just get back in the ring. "It has been a long and hard road to get here and the last few years have been difficult. I'm ready now to fight on a regular basis and that means I'm open to talks with Froch, Golovkin and Chavez and any other top boxers; I'm here, it is not hard to find me."