Last November Andre Ward continued his undefeated streak and cemented his place in history with a controversial victory over Russian deadly fighter Sergey Kovalev to become the new WBA, WBO & IBF Light Heavyweight Champion.
In the contract there was a clause that if Sergey Kovalev had left victorious then he would look for other avenues and unify against WBC champion Adonis Stevenson. However if Ward were to come victorious, there was an immediate rematch to be put in place.
Ward has long been in boxings top 10 pound for pound with his domination of the Super Middleweight division and now the Light Heavyweight division. He has beat everyone that has ever been in front of him and in the Super Middleweight division absolutely nobody came close.
His victory over Kovalev was certainly a controversial one with lots of people having Kovalev as the winner, nevertheless Ward came back from being dropped in the second round to win on all judges scorecards 114-113.
Knowing his rematch clause with Kovalev must be exercised if he wants to keep hold of all his belts, Ward may feel he was lucky to come out victorious in the last fight and tempting fate twice may not be a good idea.
“I really just got to take my time right now because I really don’t have to fight anymore,” he says. “I’ve accomplished pretty much everything that I’ve wanted to accomplish. It’s not about the money anymore, it’s just because god has blessed me to still have the ability to do it and I still love it. I just really got to take my time right now and make sure that every decision that I make and every fight that I take is the right situation because if it’s not, I don’t know if it makes sense to continue on.”
Above is a snippet of an interview Ward had with Rolling Stone and you can see clearly from his words, his heart is not in it like it used to be.