News | Mar 23 2016

Andre Ward: ‘We did not pick Sullivan Barrera because he’s a soft touch’

Andre Ward explains he's moving up to light-heavyweight to chase greatness
Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward undercard
Andre Ward  |  Khristopher Sandifer/Roc Nation Sports

ANDRE WARD explained why he stepped up from super-middleweight. “It was the right time to move to light heavyweight. It was a combination of not having the right guys to fight or guys that didn’t want to fight me. I want to be great. These are the types of moves you have to make. I’m a student of the sport and when I study the sport, this is what greats have always done. They move up. The great ones find a way to get it done and I want to be in that conversation,” he said.

Of Saturday’s opponent, Sullivan Barrera he noted, “Barrera is a big body. He’s confident. Seems to be a good puncher. We did not pick him because he’s a soft touch. We picked him because he was going to get me ready and show me what this weight class is all about. If you look at my career, there’s a place for tune-ups which I haven’t had a lot of. You want to fight the best and if you aren’t fighting the best, you want to fight the number one contender. That’s what we’re doing.

“Barrera has never fought a guy like me before, so they can talk a good game. They can dominate the headlines leading up to the fight. They can say all the slick stuff they want to say. We just want to dominate the headlines Sunday morning after the fight is over. That’s what I’m focused on.”

 

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