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Andre Ward: Won't Be Easy For Kovalev To Recover From Defeat

By Ryan Burton

WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight champion Andre "SOG" Ward (32-0) has spent the past two weeks working the Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo broadcast and Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight week for ESPN.

When he was last seen in the ring in June, Ward stopped Sergey Kovalev in 8 rounds in a rematch of their razor thin November, 2016 bout. 

After two high profile pay-per-view bouts Ward isn't sure what he will do next, having dropped hints that he may move up to the cruiserweight division or even to the heavyweight division.

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"I don't know. I just think at this point it is tough when you go beat the guy in the division.  It is tough. I got a great team, Josh Dubin, James Prince, Roc Nation. I have kind of gotten away and shut the boxing world out and they are going to present a couple options in the next week or so. So I am going to see what they got but we gotta go big or go home. That is my mentality," said Ward.

As for Kovalev, there has been talk that he will return on November 25th in a main event televised by HBO.  Those reports were conflicted by a recent story on BoxingScene.com that stated that Kovalev may possibly retire.

When asked if Kovalev can come back and be an elite fighter, Ward was on the fence.

"I think it is 50-50. I think a guy can come back from that but I think it is going to be tough on Kovalev. I am not saying he can't but his whole reputation was built on being the monster, being the Krusher. Then when you get a guy who tells you he is going to penetrate it and actually do it - it is tough. You doubt yourself and self doubt is the worst thing a fighter can have so it is possible. It is not like it is out of the question but it is not going to be easy to come back mentally and psychologically," Ward told BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 09-07-2017

[B][I]"Will be hard for Ward to stop talking about Kovalev" [/I][/B]

Comment by My Low Place on 09-07-2017

[QUOTE=Metho_4u;18024583]Golovkin could've had an 80k fight vs froch....166 doe. Ward wins...boxing is about winning...ward's undefeated. All there is too it.[/QUOTE] wtf does ggg have to do with this? he and ward are on my well built "shiat list"

Comment by Metho_4u on 09-07-2017

[QUOTE=My Low Place;18019958]brother if winning was all there was to it in boxing...loma wouldnt be p4p...froch wouldnt have done 80k.... now i hate the loma part and love the froch part btw loma aint shiat til he earns it over…

Comment by My Low Place on 09-06-2017

[QUOTE=Metho_4u;18018272]He's #1 p4p by most everybody...where are you getting 4 from? It doesn't matter, the fact is that Ward beat kovalev.... twice. That's all there is to it.[/QUOTE] brother if winning was all there was to it in boxing...loma wouldnt…

Comment by Metho_4u on 09-05-2017

[QUOTE=My Low Place;18017727]lol this man had a fight named "p4p supremacy" and after the fight in which he won..he's #4...lol why? bc he looked like shiat and he isnt dominant without bs..other figthers are better for the sport in the…

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