VIDEO: Virgil Hunter says Andre Ward can be "competitive" with Anthony Joshua
By Danny Z | Senior Writer
Published: June 20, 2017
LAS VEGAS - Following Andre Ward's stunning stoppage of Sergey Kovalev this past Saturday at the Mandalay Bay, Virgil Hunter, who has trained Ward since he was a boy, stated his serious desire to fight Anthony Joshua.
During the post-fight press conference, Ward took questions about possibly moving up to the cruiserweight division now that he mostly carries all the major world titles within the light heavyweight class. Ward, 33, didn't elaborate too much about a move, however, Hunter was not shy in saying Ward can skip cruiserweight all together, and go straight into heavyweight.
Joshua, who just recently knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in front of over 90,000 people in London, arguably gives Saul "Canelo" Alvarez a run for his money in terms of star power. Ward, while sponsored by large brands such as Jordan, does not necessarily have the the American audience as captivated as does Joshua over in the United Kingdom. With Ward being at a billed height of around 6 feet tall, Joshua is hovering around the 6 foot 7 mark, which would pose a problem for Ward in a potential matchup.
Whatever the case may be, and as eager as Hunter seems, Ward would surely need time to acclimate to the biggest weight class in the sport. But, a matchup between Ward and Joshua, if promoted and planned right, could be a huge event that would cross over into the media mainstream.
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