Andre Ward (26-0-0, 14 knockouts) solidified his status as one of the best boxers around with his impressive performance against Chad Dawson on Sept. 8, and “S.O.G” seems to be the future of the sport.
Ward currently has his sights set on Kelly Pavlik for his next fight, and both camps are currently working on a Jan. 26 matchup.
“I feel good,” Ward said about a potential fight against Pavlik during an interview with Boxingscene.com. “It’s another opportunity for me to get on HBO, get on a world-class stage, and just perform.”
However, Andre Ward is aware of the fact many seem to think he’s taking the easy road by going after Pavlik — who has had his share of problems recently, but the WBC super middleweight champion see things differently. As far as Ward is concerned, Pavlik is still a dangerous opponent.
“It’s like, Kelly Pavlik, some people may balk about the fight and say, ‘He’s finished,’ but I know better than that,” Ward added. “[Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum has done a great job of keeping Kelly busy, just keeping him busy until something like this came aboard, and you can believe that a former world champion like Kelly Pavlik, with him getting another shot at the title, he’s going to be prime and ready. We’re going to be ready, and it’s going to be a tremendous show.”
Some boxing fans were hoping to see Ward test himself against the likes of Sergio Martinez (sounds like a good idea, but not really a realistic matchup given their frames), but I can’t really blame him for leaning towards Pavlik.
Andre Ward is a class above any boxer in the super middleweight division right now, so he might as well go after someone who has some name recognition. If by chance, the old Pavlik shows up when the two eventually meet, it should be an entertaining fight to watch.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.