Ward Would Consider Heavyweight Bout
After his successful yet controversial attempt to become the light-heavyweight champion, Andre Ward will likely run it back with former champion Sergey Kovalev. But down the line, Ward says that he doesn’t rule out moving up in weight yet again.
If Ward (31-0) does move up to heavyweight, he says it would have to be done smartly. Ward told ESPN that some of the top heavyweights, such as Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, would have too big of a size advantage for him to consider them as potential opponents.
"There’s certain guys you don’t mess with and those guys are too big," Ward said. "I respect them, but you got to find the right opponent and the right situation. So maybe one day, maybe not, but not those two."
A potential move to heavyweight would resemble what Roy Jones Jr. did when he moved up to heavyweight to fight John Ruiz, who held a belt but was not on Jones’s level in terms of fighting ability.
"Listen, I’ve talked about this a lot and I know it sounds crazy. I know it does," Ward said. "But I feel like I have a Roy Jones-type of situation in me before my career is over. And I have a great guy to do it with, Mackie Shilstone, but it’s got to be the right guy. I’m not going to let my ego get in the way."
At the moment, a heavyweight Ward is purely a matter of speculation. Kovalev and his promoters have stated repeatedly that they will exercise the immediate rematch clause in their contract.