In a Tuesday interview with The Sweet Science, trainer Abel Sanchez predicted that “Andre Ward doesn’t make it out of the 10th round” with Gennady Golovkin.
The 30-year-old Ward (27-0, 14 KOs), a part-time performer who has fought twice since 2011, allegedly challenged the 32-year-old Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) to fight in an email sent from his lawyer to HBO’s Jim Lampley.
“Andre Ward doesn’t make it out of the 10th round, and that’s why they lost your digits,” said Sanchez, referring to the fact that Ward’s team hasn’t responded to a request by The Sweet Science for comment.
“Andre Ward, his management, his attorneys are talking but only doing that, talking. It’s a smoke screen, only to stay boxing-relevant. They need to follow up, call [Golovkin’s manager] Tom Loeffler, maybe they lost his number also.”
Ward last exited the squared circle on November 16 after outclassing Edwin Rodríguez to easily safeguard The Ring and WBA super middleweight crowns.
Nicknamed the “Son of God,” Ward officially beat the 29-year-old Rodríguez (24-1, 16 KOs) by scores of 118-106, 117-107 and 116-108.
Using elite footwork, a steady jab, and ferocious left hook, Ward dominated Rodríguez and absorbed virtually no punishment over 36 minutes.
The sport’s second premier pound-for-pounder is a defensive artist who employs expert movement to keep opponents unbalanced.
Quickly adapting and readjusting to Rodríguez’s roughhouse tactics, Ward dictated the pace of the bout and excelled following what was a 14 month layoff.
In stark contrast to Ward, Golovkin throws fists three to four times annually.
Golovkin most recently knocked Marco Antonio Rubio onto Queer Street in the second round on October 18.
GGG, who secured his 18th consecutive knockout and retained his 160-pound title for the 12th time, decimated the 34-year-old Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) from the outset.
Referee Jack Reiss compassionately halted the mismatch at 1 minute, 19 seconds of the decisive frame after Golovkin floored Rubio with a vicious left to the temple.
A 2004 Olympic silver medalist from Kazakhstan, Golovkin will defend the WBA, WBC and IBO middleweight belts against Martin Murray on February 21 at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo.
Boxing purists would love to see Ward and Golovkin clash.
Unfortunately, for nearly two years, Ward has only shown interest in battling the late Dan Goossen over Section 2855 of the California Labor Code.
Ward, a brilliant tactician who hasn’t been conquered since he was a 12-year-old amateur, possesses the skills to earn a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
However, Ward is wasting his prime and quickly becoming an afterthought.
Sanchez is probably correct that Ward’s trying “to stay boxing-relevant.”
Considering his chronic inactivity, Abel Sanchez is also probably correct that “Andre Ward doesn’t make it out of the 10th round” with Gennady Golovkin.