By Edward Chaykovsky
Abel Sanchez, trainer of WBA/IBO/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin, believes Olympic gold medal winner Andre Ward (29-0, 15KOs) will get punished in his upcoming fall fight with WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (29-0, 26KOs).
Ward and Kovalev are set to face each other in November on HBO Pay-Per-View. First Ward will return in August with a tuneup fight against Alexander Brand.
Kovalev will also take a stay-busy fight next month when he faces Isaac Chilemba in Russia.
Sanchez feels Ward has not been busy enough and hasn't faced the right opponents to prepare himself for a fight with Kovalev. Because of injuries and legal issues, Ward has only fought twice since the fall of 2013. Kovalev has been in the ring at least 2-3 times per year against top contenders at the weight class. Ward's next opponent is viewed as someone who is overmatched.
"[Kovalev] wins a decision or stops him late. I don't think he stops him early, but I think the beating will be constant and it will be something where he gets stopped late or its a decision for Kovalev," Sanchez told Hustle Boss' Chris Robinson.
"[Ward] hasn't been busy. When he was fighting in the Super Six he was fighting the best and he beat the best. He controlled his division and dominated his division. After that he fought a couple of guys who really didn't belong in the ring with him and he didn't look good doing it. Paul Smith was a fat guy who was never in shape, Rodriguez has proven that he was never really that kind of fighter.. Barrera gave him a tough fight and I would like to see him have another fight like Barrera, where he's tested."