Ward Sides With Rival In His Next Fight

The only man who has been able to defeat Sergey Kovalev twice, Andre Ward, has faith that the WBO light heavyweight champion will be able to stop mandatory challenger, Anthony Yarde.

“I liked what I saw in Kovalev’s last fight [against Eleider Alvarez], and I saw the confidence from Yarde and his coach, but they can feel the way they feel, I’ve been hearing that stuff my whole career,” Ward said to BT Sport.

“The Kovalev fight is going to be harder than they realize; at the highest level it doesn’t matter how well you do mitt work, or how big your muscles are, you have to show that you can fight, that you can take it and dish it to, that you’ve got the conditioning and the IQ.”

“Your coaches have got to show they can perform under pressure too,” the retired world champion cautioned. “There will be a lot of pressure in Russia. I’m the guy who shows a crack in the door for a person to show up and be great, but I’m not a fan of a guy facing C-level guys and making a name of himself then jumping to an A-minus guy

“I’m a fan of working your way up slowly and at the right time making the step up. I’m not sure he’s fought the necessary guys to prepare him for Sergey Kovalev and I think Kovalev is going to stop him late.”

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