Abel Sanchez made an appearance on On The Ropes Boxing Radio yesterday where, amongst other things, he discussed a potential fight between Andre Ward and Gennady Golovkin.
"I think Andre right now is trying to reassess his position and reassess his direction. When he was with Goossen and could not fight Golovkin, he kept calling Golovkin out, he kept mentioning Golovkin's name. Now that he's with Jay-Z and a big company, I'm surprised that they're not targeting Golovkin like they were before."
"When Ward couldn't fight Golovkin, they were targeting him, now they can fight Golovkin and they got the opportunity and people behind, he hasn't mentioned him. Ward has mentioned that he wants a couple of tune of tune up fights and maybe next year."
"I'm more concerned with Golovkin's direction and Golovkin's activity than Andre Ward's inactivity. He needs to fight those tune up fights that he's talking about and then by the end of the year or next year, maybe that's a name that gets mentioned again."
Truth be told, Andre probably could use a tune up fight or two. He hasn't been in the ring for a long while now. But I really don't believe Andre Ward is at all scared of facing GGG or anything. In fact, as I was watching his last fight with Martin Murray I couldn't help but feel that Golovkin wasn't quite ready to take out Andre Ward. Don't get me wrong, Gennady did put on a good performance, but I personally thought he could've ended the fight several rounds sooner than he did, but he kept allowing Murray to circle off the ropes to his left to alleviate the pressure being applied. This struck me as odd because Murray was clearly in bad shape and someone like GGG (with a penchant for cutting off the ring) should've been able to keep Murray trapped a bit better when he was under duress.
Andre Ward is not only a bigger and better fighter than Murray, but he's also a very tactical fighter who knows most (if not all) of the tricks of the trade. It's difficult for me to put my finger on it, but something in that Murray fight gave me the feeling that Ward's chances would be even better against GGG than I had previously thought.