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Andre Ward: My Skills Never Left, I'm Feeling Better Than Ever

Question: How difficult is to go from 168 pounds to 175 pounds and be competitive? What did you have to do to make the jump in terms of dieting, preparation, training?

Andre Ward: My competitiveness never leaves me, regardless of weight class. I carry my competitive nature wherever I go. I felt my body was ready to move up, and I'm surrounded by a great team that helped ensure I made that transition the right way."

"We took a diligent approach—utilizing BMI measurements, blood work, nutritional insight—to ensure I was where I needed to be, and all signs were pointing up."

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"As a light heavyweight, you have to adjust your training accordingly. It's unlike any other weight class. You need to place an emphasis on explosiveness and strength. That said, the skills I gained from other weight classes hasn't left me. "

"My agility and my endurance remain-add that to my new strength and explosiveness, and I'm feeling better than ever."

My Fight: Kovalev/Ward, HBO Sports special leading up to their pay-per-view light heavyweight title showdown, debuts Saturday, October. 29 on HBO.

Kovalev vs. Ward takes place Saturday, November 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 10-27-2016

say what you like, but Ward is smart if his skills had eroded, he would not take that fight Kovalev should prepare for the BEST version of Ward just in case he decides to show up

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 10-27-2016

[QUOTE=HanzGruber;17147193]Would be too perfect. Although I prefer no easy way out. If either song was the one I'd probably get chills [url]https://youtu.be/MwPb7g_BlXQ[/url][/QUOTE] On that Rocky theme, I would like to see the entire show promoted as an East vs West…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 10-27-2016

Phil C, an interesting choice. That would bring out the old goosebumps if either man walked out to 'In The Air Tonight'.

Comment by aboutfkntime on 10-26-2016

[QUOTE=Kigali;17150915]According to him Ward has 2 wins over GGG.[/QUOTE] AHAHAHH :lol1: :lol1:

Comment by aboutfkntime on 10-26-2016

[QUOTE=daggum;17149784]actually it was ward who wasn't ready. [B]remember ward wanted to fight in a year.[/B] if ward was serious about fighting ggg he would have tried to figth him right away. his fanboys never bring that up though. why not…

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