Ward: A Lot of What Kovalev & His Team Says Doesn't Make Sense

By Keith Idec

Andre Ward has heard it all during the buildup toward his rematch against Sergey Kovalev.

His ruthless Russian opponent promised to “beat his ass,” to “punish him” and to “end his career.” Kovalev also has taunted Ward on Twitter, relentlessly questioned the judges’ decision in their first fight, blamed his close loss on over-training and dismissed Ward as an arrogant, delusional, undeserving champion who doesn’t realize just how lucky he was to leave the ring November 19 with three light heavyweight titles.

Ward wouldn’t say during a conference call Wednesday whether he considers all of Kovalev’s trash talk proof that his first defeat has damaged Kovalev’s psyche.


The defending champion just knows that none of the trash talk and mind games have adversely affected him during his preparation for their light heavyweight championship rematch June 17 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas (HBO Pay-Per-View).

“I really don’t know, to be honest with you,” Ward said. “I don’t know if the man is putting on a game. I think he and his side, they out-think themselves. They’re trying to get in our heads and trying to do so much that they’re confusing themselves. A lot of what they say and do don’t make a lot of sense. To be honest with you, it’s a non-factor and a non-issue in our camp. It’s not something that we talk about. Here and there it’s something that’ll get brought up.

“But it’s not – it’s like we’ve been doing this so long where the threats and putting out stories that aren’t true, it just doesn’t move you. You’ve gotta learn to fight to stay in the middle, stay locked in and not get too caught up in the highs and lows. And like I’ve always said, whether he’s ruffled or not, we have a date. And that date is about 10 days away and it’ll all get settled June 17th. And that’s what matters the most.”

Ward, 33, won a 12-round unanimous decision against Kovalev, 34, on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena. Though Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) won by the same score on each of the three judges’ cards, his victory was widely viewed as controversial.

The 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Hayward, California, still is a slight favorite over Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) with barely more than a week to go before their rematch.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheThirdEye on 06-09-2017

[QUOTE=Joe Beamish;17744774]I don't care who wins the fight. I just want repetitive threads like these to go away.[/QUOTE] King Adonis Stevenson doesn't care either. [CENTER][IMG][/IMG][/CENTER]

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-08-2017

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;17745307]but he was supposed to get his beating last time right? the part that doesnt make sense to me is that kovalev claims to have been robbed...then acknowledges "gassing" as a problem....which would lead me to believe he saw/felt…

Comment by Vlad_ on 06-08-2017

[QUOTE=mlac;17744704]*desperate fraudy wardy fanboys* ' whys he saying he can improve his stamina???? omg that means hes admitting he lost!!! hehahahah kov just admitted he lost!!! sog baby' :lol1:[/QUOTE] No, he simply admitted that it wasn't his best performance. How…

Comment by Curt Henning on 06-08-2017

[QUOTE=mathed;17744856]You talk too much coWARD. You got your gift and will get your rematch money. Now it's time to catch your beating.[/QUOTE] but he was supposed to get his beating last time right? the part that doesnt make sense to…

Comment by ruedboy on 06-08-2017

Is Keith Idec Ward's son? Every article this guy writes reads like a PR statement from RocNation. What about Ward's behavior and tactics regarding the rematch? Or the trash Ward, Hunter and Prince have been talking since the first fight.…

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