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Ward on Golovkin: I Don't See Him Calling Me Out!

By Mike Coppinger

ONTARIO, Calif. -- Andre Ward (27-0, 14KOs) was excellent Saturday, as he outclassed Edwin Rodriguez in his first fight in 14 months.

Ward showed no signs of ring rust and seems ready to take on the best. So who's next?

The public is clamoring for a bout with middleweight crusher Gennady Golovkin, but Ward isn't necessarily sold on GGG's credentials.

"I got no problem fighting anybody anytime. I’m at this stage of my career where it’s whatever," Ward told BoxingScene.com following the bout. "I’m not ducking those guys. You guys make these guys out to be bogeymen and monsters. We as fighters, we don’t think like that. I respect (Golovkin), but I see holes in his game.

"He’s a good fighter. I don’t know what excellent is," Ward went on. "He’s a former silver medalist. The problem is as a professional, you don’t know how good anybody is until they fight the best."

Ward isn't sure how good Golovkin is, but is the fight a possibility for 2014?

"Ask them if they want it at 168 (pounds) right now," Ward said. "I don’t see them asking for that. I see them saying anybody from 160 to 175, but when they’re pressed, I don’t see him calling me out. Stop beating around the bush and get straight to it. I don’t see them calling me out. I’m not going to negotiate a fight, not here right now. I have no problem fighting anybody as long the situation is right."

Mike Coppinger is contributor to USA Today's boxing coverage. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by S H A R K B O Y on 11-18-2013

Ward has constantly proven himself time and time again, yet there are still doubters, why? Haters, who were hating from the start are going to continue to discredit him for everything he has accomplished. Keep finding excuses for his victory's…

Comment by Light_Speed on 11-18-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13939826]I know that they were buddies since their amateurs' times... ... Ward would simple out-wrestle Dirrell... In my opinion, Ward out-powers Dirrell in chinches... anytime...[/QUOTE] It's not that simple, you have to get in first, and Dirrell has the ability…

Comment by sicko on 11-18-2013

GGG FANS will be his Downfield, for his sake I hope him and his team are not listening to these clueless idiots who don't know sh1t about boxing

Comment by ThatDude44 on 11-18-2013

[QUOTE=TLC8;13938895]Ward says he sees holes in GGG's game? I'm sure GGG sees holes in Ward he can take advantage of. Gennady is a warrior. Sergio won't fight him. You don't hear Chavez Jr calling him out. Cotto would rather fight…

Comment by V.WEBB on 11-18-2013

I love it.

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