Anthony Joshua vs Andre Ward in 2018?Written by Lee Cleveland
Top pound-for-pound boxer and unified light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) has been talking about a move to heavyweight since 2013.
Keep in mind, this is a fella would made a name for himself at super middleweight (168 lbs).
There's no doubt Ward could compete well against a small/medium-sized heavyweight but how would he fair against a legitimate heavyweight giant like 6'7" Anthony Joshua?
Ward's trainer, Virgil Hunter, insists his man can whoop the heavyweight champ.
"I'm not playing, I am serious," said Hunter via BoxingScene.com. "I believe he could outbox Anthony Joshua. It would be a waste of time to go to the cruisers (cruiserweights), we should go for it all."
Ward, whose team has been negotiating for a heavyweight showdown with light heavyweight-turned-heavyweight Tony Bellew, told SKY Sports earlier this week:
"Nothing is off the table."I have got a lot of respect for Joshua, he is the heavyweight champ. He has earned it the hard way, he beat the old guard in (Wladimir) Klitschko, a great fight. I just wish Virg had tipped me off, gave me a heads-up."
"I'm like 'Virgil, come on man'! I don't want to misconstrue the message. I don't want to act like we are handling Joshua in any kind of way. He is the heavyweight champion of the world, he deserves that respect. But of course my team and myself, I believe I can beat anybody, so we'll see. Time will tell."
So, what are his chances against Joshua?
History tells us small heavyweights need mind-numbing speed or power (and preferably both) to be powerbrokers in the division.
Mike Tyson had both.
Yes, a good little man can beat a good big man IF that little man boasts exceptional speed or power, and preferably both, a la Mike Tyson.
Andre Ward would certainly be a threat to a smaller, limited champion such as Joseph Parker but how much time has he spent sparring skilled 6'7" fighters?
Until I see Ward spar with a professional heavyweight monster with good skills, I'd advise him to steer clear of the giants such as Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
To threaten any of those fellas, Andre would need a little more than sound technique and ring guile to have even a remote chance of winning.