Feature | Jun 18 2017

Andre Ward versus … Anthony Joshua?

Trainer Virgil Hunter declares that light-heavyweight champ Andre Ward can move up two divisions and beat Anthony Joshua. John Dennen reports from Las Vegas.
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Anthony Joshua celebrates with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan after winning the fight  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

OAKLAND’S Andre Ward moved up from super-middle to unify light-heavyweight world titles, but after halting Sergey Kovalev in their rematch on Saturday (June 17) Ward felt he wasn’t done there. He floated the possibility of moving up to cruiserweight for a third world title challenge or even beyond.

“It’s more like it’s a dream. I don’t have anything on the books right now for a cruiserweight fight, a heavyweight fight. I know it sounds crazy when you’re light-heavyweight and I’m not the biggest light-heavyweight. But look at Roy [Jones]. It happened. That’s always been a dream of mine and that’s something me and Virgil [Hunter, his trainer] talk about. I do really well against big fighters because of my stamina, because I may not physically be the biggest but I’m strong. So if the right opportunity and the right fighter comes along, anything is possible. That’s not just talk, that’s real,” Ward said.

His trainer Virgil Hunter raised the stakes in even further. He suggested Ward should face Anthony Joshua, the six foot six, 250lbs noted power puncher and unified IBF and WBA world champion. It sounded like a joke at first. But Hunter was serious.


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