Sergey Kovalev didn’t hold back recently when commenting on ex-foe Andre Ward’s shock retirement.
Ward announced his decision to step away from the sport at just 33 years of age, having defeated Kovalev twice to cement his place as the pound for pound number one.
Speaking at the press conference for his return to action on November 25, the Russian said: “If it’s 100% true, it’s good for the boxing.
“We’re ready for fighting again for these titles and makes interesting fights between great fighters.
“Right now, in our division, a lot of good and strong fighters who wants to get this title. This would be very, very good fight for the boxing fans.”
On their rivalry and missing out on a third bout, Kovalev added: “I don’t think about him at all. Because I’m looking forward to get my goals.
“That was my last two fights, it is already history. I forgot about those.
“If this (third) fight can happen very quickly, I’m happy. If like long time waiting, just to fighting close to titles, it’s no good.
“I want to be best in this division. I wanted to fight with the best fighters in this division.
“We’re happy to be here in New York for first time. My fight coming up November 25th and really happy to fight in East Coast again.
“I’ve fought in New Jersey, Atlantic City, but never fought in New York. I want to say thanks to my team, promoter Kathy Duva and my manager, Egis Klimas, and HBO. Also, to Team Slava Shabranskyy.
“Personally, to Slava Shabranskyy, that he approved to fight me November 25th. I will back stronger than I was before.
“It’s my goal right now to prove everybody and for myself that I am still strong fighter and I can be world champion again.That I have two last losses, it’s just like a huge lesson for me. Not like for the boxer, just in my life.
“I made a lot of analysis from these losses and I hope I will be much stronger than I was before. Thank you very much for your support and see you in November. Thank you, very much,” he said.