News | Nov 19 2016

Kovalev’s trainer: ‘Andre Ward is on a downward slide’

John David Jackson believes that Andre Ward 's best years are behind him
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JOHN DAVID JACKSON, esteemed trainer of unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, believes that Andre Ward’s best years are behind him.

Speaking to the media at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Jackson was complimentary of his pupil’s next opponent but also did not mince words regarding, what he feels, is a great fighter on his way down from the pinnacle of the sport.

“I think he’s passed the plateau, where he was on top, for the last five years,” said Jackson. “He’s on a downward slide. He’s not on a steep decline but he’s going there. If you watch how he was five years ago, he was really smooth. He was really fluid. He doesn’t have the same movement now.”