Andre Ward might get a chance to prove himself against a legitimate light heavyweight after all.
"S.O.G.'s" road to Sergey Kovalev may intersect with that of rising Cuban Sullivan Barrera, according to World Boxing News. Barrera's promoter, Kathy Duva, reports that she is "working on a deal" to pit the two unbeatens against one another.
Ward (28-0, 15 KO) has fought just once in the last two years, dismantling an overweight Paul Smith in June. He was slated to face Alexander Brand, also a career super middleweight, on the Miguel Cotto-"Canelo" Alvarez undercard before pulling out due to injury.
In all, he's fought just three times in the last four years.
Barrera (17-0, 12 KO) certainly presents a tougher challenge than Smith and Brand. The 33-year-old has scored six straight stoppages, most recently battering Karo Murat in five. He had been in talks to face top prospect Artur Beterbiev before running afoul of visa troubles.
This being Ward, of course, nothing's set in stone, and his camp reportedly lowballed Barrera with their first offer.
If they do manage to put this fight together, it would certainly be a solid test for Ward and a way to prove he's a force to be reckoned with at 175. Barrera's no joke.