Boxers are good with their hands, but the great ones amplify that with their foot speed and movement. However, when some decide to use their mouths to run their game, it becomes an entirely different match that’s entertaining nevertheless. Such is the case now with Andre Ward vs Gennady Golovkin.
Due to legal issues with his promoter, Ward had not fought for nearly two years since his last fight with Edwin Rodriguez. He made a comeback against a lesser-known opponent in Paul Smith, and has performed twice in 2016, the last being an entry into the light heavyweight class.
But it seems that all those times he’s wasted on the sidelines are all being made up for with a super fight against one of the formidable men in boxing on November 19th: Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev.
This is one of the best match ups of the year, if not the best, and what surprised sports analysts was how quick the deal had been made when it came down to it. There was little talk, minimal nonsense, and mudslinging. Just two of the best fighters in the world meeting up for a fight.
Such wasn’t the case when Ward campaigned for a fight against Gennady Golovkin, and it remains so now. The accusations are being thrown back and forth, and it’s hard to infer the truth anymore.
But while Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev is creeping up over the horizon, Gennady Golovkin fought Kell Brook who had to gain 13 lbs. to face him. And he did have his moments with GGG.
In fact, prior to his TKO in the 5th, many felt he had “exposed” GGG’s defensive flaws.
For Ward, it actualized Gennady Golovkin’s reasons for denying him a match. According to Boxing Scene Andre Ward said, “We would have kept it quiet if they would have just said- ‘we’re moving on, Ward is a great fighter, Golovkin is a great fighter and we’re moving on.’
“But they keep talking about and talking about it. I’m going to be honest about hat happened, they didn’t want the fight. And it shouldn’t have took Kell Brook doing what he did to show people why they didn’t want the fight.”
Gennady Golovkin, on the other hand, blamed Ward for his excuses of not being ready, citing his long absence as a manifestation of that, although his legal matters were well known. His recent fights were more on to get his rhythm back and clear up his ring rust, but GGG would have none of that either, blasting him for his excuses.
Meanwhile, we look forward to the best fight of the year between Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev, with Ward going up in weight to face the meanest opposition, as GGG relishes his win against Kell Brook who ought to go back down.
Photo courtesy: Gennady Golovkin/Facebook