By Igor Lazorin, tass
Former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-2, 26 KOs) is looking to make some big changes after losing for the second time to Andre Ward.
Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) won a close twelve round decision over Kovalev last November in Las Vegas, but in their rematch, which took place two weeks ago, he stopped the Russian puncher in eight rounds to retain the IBF, WBA, IBO light heavyweight titles.
Now Kovalev is looking for a new head trainer. He's been trained for the last few years by John David Jackson, but they've had their fair share of issues - including a report on BoxingScene.com, that prior to the rematch Jackson had held discussions Ward's handlers about the possibility of joining their team.
There were some reports that Ward's trainer, Virgil Hunter, is interested in working with Kovalev. The scenario interests the Russian fighter, but under the right circumstances.
"Ward's trainer has offered to work with me, it is an interesting proposal. I asked my manager to find out if all of this is true and under what conditions... will Ward remain at his current weight as I've heard that he wants to move up. If me and him have the same trainer and we are both in the same weight division, then it doesn't make sense. But I do need a new trainer, I've already made a decision on this for myself," Kovalev told reporters in Russia.
“I need a new specialist, because I made it to this level with all I know. In order for me to jump to the next level, and become better than Ward, I need help of a professional. Moving forward now is the most difficult period."
Kovalev believes that he is draining his body to make the light heavyweight limit of 175, and now he's seriously looking to move up to the cruiserweight limit of 200-pounds.
“Looking at me, you can see that my physical endurance has diminished due to the shedding of weight. Maybe it makes sense to change my weight category, and my next fight, may be as a cruiserweight. I usually lose 10-11 kilograms (around 24 pounds) and my body becomes exhausted. I feel more comfortable when I'm weighing as much as 85 kilograms (187 pounds), because when I'm weighing less than that the problems begin."