In his post fight interview straight after his stoppage win over Kovalev, Andre Ward said to Max Kellerman – “I always seem to be knocking down giants one by one,” Ward said. “Heavyweight, that’s always been a dream of mine. It’s got to be against the right guy, but I dream big and anything is possible.”
Later on, his trainer Virgil Hunter went on to say – “I’d like to see him fight Anthony Joshua. I’m not playing, I’m serious. I think it would be a very interesting fight. I believe he could outbox Anthony Joshua.
“There’s some things about Joshua that I see. He’s a good kid, I know him, but I see things with him in particular and he is the best [of the heavyweight champions], but styles make fights.It would be a waste of time to go to the cruiserweight, we should just leapfrog it, go for it all.”
That’s a pretty bold statement. Saying he would take on a beast of a heavyweight like Joshua, the man that’s knocked out ‘6 foot 7’ heavyweight giants. But thats what i like about Ward. He’s always fought the best at super-middle, now he’s twice beaten the best light-heavyweight there was. Obviously a fight at cruiser against Tony Bellew or any of the other champions doesn’t interest him. So why not go for it at heavyweight?
Its been done before when Roy jones stepped up and beat John Ruiz in 2003 for the WBA belt. Maybe Ward feels that Joseph Parker could be within his limits as he wouldn’t be giving away as much of a size advantage. And who could really doubt Ward. He showed on saturday that he’s the pound for pound best in boxing. I certainly wouldnt be surprised to see him move up and challenge one of the smaller heavyweights. And who could really back against Andre Ward in any bout. Even at this early stage, id favour him against most heavyweights not named Joshua, Klitschko or Fury.
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