Footages of Andre Ward ‘s training somehow remind us of another American champion boxer, Floyd Mayweather. Seen at the same level rarefied confidence and razor sharp focus with only one thing in mind: Victory.
Like Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward trains for every bout like he’s fighting the toughest challenger in the world. He now prepares for Sergey Kovalev the way he did for Alexander Brand, the same way Floyd Mayweather trained for Andre Berto as he did for Manny Pacquiao.
“I wouldn’t be able to get to this level and stay at this level if I checked in and checked out,” Ward told Daily News.
On Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev
“It’s the same dedication and it’s the same work. For me, it’s about trying to be the best in a sport where there’s little room for error. I understand that every time I step into the ring and (that) leads to me making sure I prepare accordingly.”
Like many boxing greats, Andre Ward (30-0) makes sure he’s mentally conditioned for the fight more than anything. We only see his drill on TV, but the real battle is in his head.
“I would say that’s a very accurate assessment,” Ward added.
“I know they want blood, they want me knocked down and staggered. I’ve studied this sport for many years and if you look at old footage of Roy Jones, Bernard Hopkins and old interviews and footage of Floyd Mayweather (Jr.), it’s the same kind of things that were said about them and those three guys are legends and hall of famers.”
Meanwhile, another light heavyweight champion awaits the winner of Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev – Adonis Stevenson.
As Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev fights for the Pound 4 Pound dominion, Adonis Stevenson wants to take all the titles, and believes he beats either Ward or Sergey Kovalev, according to a report by Boxing247.
“Well, you know Andre Ward is fighting Sergey Kovalev, and I would like to fight the winner and unify the title,” Adonis Stevenson said.
“I’m the lineal champion, so everything has to go through me. I need all of the titles, so it’s time to make that fight happen. I think Ward vs Stevenson is a 50-50 fight, so I’m not sure who wins. But the fans want to know who the best light-heavyweight champion is, and whether it’s Andre Ward or Sergey Kovalev (30-0), I know I will win that fight.”
Adonis Stevenson (28-1) has held the WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles since 2013.
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