Kovalev: “I Will Prove I’m the Krusher” vs. Ward

We are now nearly two weeks away from the boxing event of the year, as pound-for-pound greats Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward will face off on Nov. 19 with legacy on the line. Ahead of the pivotal matchup, Kovalev believes he has the experience to impose his will on Ward.

Speaking to Boxing News, Kovalev said that while his last performance against Isaac Chilemba was less-than-stellar, his fight against boxing great Bernard Hopkins gave him the experience he needed to become a true great.

“I got some experience from my fight against Bernard Hopkins. He showed that never give up. That you should fight all 12 rounds and hope for your win,” Kovalev said. “I think my last fight against Chilemba, it was like a similar fight you know, because Chilemba is a little bit like Andre Ward. But Andre Ward is Andre Ward, a little bit different and stronger, smarter, undefeated and more motivated than Chilemba. I’m interested what he will bring November 19 to the ring.”

Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) will also prepared for Ward to use some ugly tactics in the ring, specifically using his head as a weapon.

“Yes I think he will use it and I am ready for this too. It will be wrestling and not fight,” he laughed.

The unified light-heavyweight champion has been known for his violent pressure and ability to break fighters, but he knows that Ward may be the smartest and most calculated opponent he’s ever faced.

“I don’t think that Andre Ward [will] let me use a lot of body shots because he has great legs and a lot of movements. You know he’s very smart. And I think first part of this fight is going to be a lot mentally, but I should prove that I’m Krusher and that I’m going to do my job. He’s going to do his job, me to do my job.

“I don’t have anything personal about him. I should win this fight, I only have to prove [to] myself who I am. I am fighting for me first of all, and after this really for boxing fans. This is my boxing career since 11 years old and right now Andre Ward [is] in my way. And he wants to get my titles, but I’m still alive.”

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