Golovkin wants Andre Ward in 2013
By Allan Fox: With the prospects dim in getting a big fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez in 2013, WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KO’s) is turning his sights towards the super middleweight division. Golovkin reportedly wants to fight WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward in 2013, as soon as Ward’s injured right shoulder heals up from surgery.
The 5’10” Golovkin would have to move up in weight to 168 lbs for the fight to happen in that Ward likely won’t be interested in boiling down to 160 to fight Golovkin.
This would definitely be Golovkin’s biggest fight of his career thus far, and it’s highly possible that Ward will be interested in that fight. He was going to fight Kelly Pavlik but their fight was cancelled on the account of Ward suffering an injury to his shoulder in training camp.
Ward is still hoping to fight rematches against Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler in 2013, but the odds are against that happen seeing that neither of those fighters has shown a lot of interest in fighting Ward again beyond just talking. At this point Ward is so that few fighters want to face him in own division, and none besides Golovkin want to fight Ward from the middleweight division in terms of the top fighters.
It will be tough for the 5’10” Golovkin to beat a guy like Ward because he’s got the size advantage over Golovkin by a couple of inches, and he’s faster than him. Ward is about the same size as Golovkin’s opponent from last Saturday night Gabriel Rosado, but he’s a lot better than Rosado in every department.
Golovkin would be the toughest inside fighter that Ward has faced due to his excellent inside fighting ability. Golovkin has shorter arms than Ward and he can generate a lot of power with shots in close. This wouldn’t be a simple fight for Ward where he mugs his opponent on the inside for 12 rounds.
Ward would have to keep the fight on the outside much of the time for him to have a real advantage over Golokvin because he wouldn’t have much if any advantage in close like he’s had in many of his previous fights. Golovkin would also be the biggest puncher that Ward has ever faced before. Ward has been in with Kessler and Froch, but Golovkin hits harder than either of those guys and he would definitely test Ward’s chin.