Ward Moves Up to Light Heavy

By Robert Ecksel on February 12, 2016
Ward Moves Up to Light Heavy
Ward’s fight against Kovalev is not in jeopardy, no matter what you read. (Victor Wang)

Defeating Jeff Lacy, Hakim Zoulikha and Karo Murat doesn’t say spoiler as much as it says Ward wins by decision…

On Saturday, March 26, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, in a fight televised live on HBO Championship Boxing, Oakland’s favorite son, former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs), returns to active duty as a light heavyweight when he gets it on with undefeated Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs), from Miami, Florida, via Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

This is not the Ward fight everyone wants to see. That would be the fight with Sergey Kovalev. But a bout with Barrera is as good a way as any for Ward to test the waters at light heavy, before taking on the Big Kahuna.

“We as a team had a tough choice to make,” said Barrera, “crash the party by taking out Ward first or wait for the mandatory and take out Kovalev. We decided that the time is now. Ward will fall first and then we will go after the belts.”

Talk like that is music to Ward’s ears.

“I don’t really have much to say other than this,” said Ward. “On March 26, it will be very simple. I’ll be in a new weight class against a tough opponent but I’m coming with the same approach/ I’ll be in great shape and ready for battle. Sullivan Barrera has had a lot to say lately and I love it. He’s going to have an opportunity to back up every word that he has spoken. These are the type of challenges I like and on March 26, it’s go time.”

Barrera may be undefeated. He may be trained by Abel Sanchez. He may have had an impressive run as an amateur in Cuba, beating future world champions Chad Dawson and Beibut Shumenov. But defeating Jeff Lacy, Hakim Zoulikha and Karo Murat, as Barrera did last year, doesn’t say spoiler as much as it says Ward wins by decision by a wide margin.

Ward’s fight against Kovalev is not in jeopardy.

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  1. Akt 01:58am, 02/14/2016

    Not in jeopardy. I agree.

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