Ward on Kovalev: If I’m not ready now, I’ll never be ready

Phil Jay 30/08/2016

Stacey Verbeek

Former super middleweight king and pound for pound star Andre Ward is fully aware what’s at stake as the American prepares to share the ring with Russian juggernaut Sergey Kovalev on November 19.

Ward, 32, is back in the swing of things following an unwanted eighteen-month spell out due to a contractual dispute and has since won three bouts to push his record to 30-0 with fifteen stoppages.

Victories over Paul Smith, Sullivan Barrera and Alexander Brand in just over a year at the higher 175-pound limit have positioned the ‘S.O.G’ to face the most feared puncher in the division, and Ward is raring to go.

“I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world… We will see you in November,” said Ward.

“I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid.

“You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn’t have any soft touches. He wasn’t protected. He wasn’t really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has.

“The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound number one,” he added.

Kovalev currently holds the IBF, WBO and WBA belts, along with the distinct advantage of campaigning at light-heavyweight for his entire career.

Debuting in 2009, ‘Krusher’ has bulldozed his way through 30 opponents, scoring 26 big knockouts and gaining a stranglehold in the P4P ratings that the eventual winner will see the benefit of come November 20.