Granger contact page” > contact) Released Saturday, June 17, 2017|9:06 p.m. Updated Saturday, June 17, 2017|11 p.m. Ward vs Kovalev: The Rematch Release slideshow” Associated content Andre Ward added to his unbeaten tradition on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Ward( 32-0, 16 KOs) wobbled Sergey Kovalev with a right-hand man in the 8th round, and ended up
the Russian off with a barrage to the body. The definitive win ends his saga with Kovalev, seals him atop boxing’s pound-for-pound rankings and asks the question of exactly what is next for the Olympic gold medalist. Now the WBO, IBF and WBA light heavyweight champion, Ward might have his sights set greater– and much heavier. Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who is five
inches taller and 75 pounds heavier than Ward, might be a target according to fitness instructor Virgil Hunter
.” There are some features of Anthony Joshua that I see when I view him,” Hunter said. “I see things with him in particular and he’s finest. Styles make battles.
” Ward showed his power tonight, almost knocking Kovalev out with the best hook.” I revealed that I can injure a bigger male,” Ward stated. “I don’t believe they can contest that right-hand man.” Kovalev was exhausted by the time the eighth round began, partly due to inadequate cardio by the Russian and partly due to all the punches Ward landed to his midsection. The finishing sequence,
that included numerous punches listed below the belt, brought debate, a minimum of in the eyes of Kovalev’s camp.” I burnt out but I was still battling,” Kovalev stated.” It’s boxing. I could have been still
battling however I didn’t know why( referee) Tony Weeks stopped it.” Not typically referred to as a huge puncher, Ward remarkably out-landed Kovalev 53-50
in power punches, and was up on two of the three judges scorecards at the time of the blockage. Joshua, the IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight champion, is 2 weight classes above Ward however
that doesn’t seem to trouble Hunter.” It would be a waste of time to go to Cruiser,” Hunter said.” (Ward )ought to just leapfrog it and go all out all. Battling a larger man has nothing to do with
size. It’s about his attributes and their characteristics.” Ward appears to have achieved whatever he can at light heavyweight after conquering
Kovalev. He stated a battle with Adonis Stevenson does not interest him. “Fighting at heavyweight is a dream of mine,” Ward said.” I don’t have anything on the books, and I’m not the greatest light heavyweight, but that
‘s always been an imagine mine. I do really well versus big fighters due to the fact that of my endurance. If the best opportunity occurs I would absolutely do it.
” Combating a heavyweight would contribute to a legacy that is among boxing’s existing finest. In 32 fights Ward is undefeated and has rarely been in trouble. While Ward didn’t ensure a go up to heavyweight, he did say he will listen to Hunter about the idea. “Going to light heavyweight after being a middleweight in the Olympics was not something I was considering, however( Hunter) made me believe,” Ward said. “He’s got a really prophetic way of considering things.
I utilized to think he was crazy but now I believe him.” For a male constantly chasing legendary status among boxing’s greats,
a heavyweight fight would certainly do the trick. For now, chopping down Kovalev is an excellent feat itself.” I just believe it adds to my legacy and my tradition is extremely important to me,” Ward said. “I remember I went and walked through the Boxing Hall of Fame one
time and I left believing I wish to remain in that place some day.” Jesse Granger can be reached at 702-259-8814 or [e-mail secured] Follow Jesse on Twitter at twitter.com/JesseGranger_.