By Carlos Boogs
Unified light heavyweight world champion Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) admits that he needs to make a big decision very soon - retire from the sport of boxing or go forward with a contracted rematch against Sergey Kovalev (30-1, 26 KOs.
Last November at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ward won a close twelve round unanimous decision over Kovalev to capture the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight titles.
A few days after the fight, Kovalev exercised a rematch clause to force a second fight with Ward.
Ward is not pleased with some of the terms of the rematch and some of the statements that were made following the fight.
Kovalev, who dropped Ward in the second round and controlled the early part of the fight, believes he was robbed of a win and he's not afraid to say it. All three judges had a score of 114-113 for Ward.
Because of the rematch clause, Ward has to fight Kovalev again or retire - and he's made several threats about retirement. Ward says he is most interested in fighting Kovalev again, because he believes the second fight will be much easier than the fight.
If a deal is not reached, Ward is content to retire from the sport and focus on his expanding career in broadcasting. Ward is often used by HBO as an expert analyst for their televised cards, and even the UK is started to use Ward as well.
"[I have to make] a decision about whether to retire or have another fight is on the table right now. I have to make up my mind very soon," Ward told Daily Mail.
"There is only one fight left that interests me. A rematch with Kovalev. If it happens the second fight will be more difficult for him than the first. If not, well, I really love broadcasting. I am still in the thick of it all. Mixing with boxers and the fans from the best seat in the house. Without getting punched myself."