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Andre Ward’s trainer likes his chances against Anthony Joshua

Virgil Hunter believes that if Andre Ward moves up, he should leapfrog cruiserweight and go after Anthony Joshua.

Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev 2 Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Fresh off his second big win over Sergey Kovalev this weekend, Andre Ward and his team were elated, with trainer Virgil Hunter even saying during the post-fight press conference that Andre Ward’s dream of one day winning a heavyweight title could become a reality.

Hunter says that if Ward does move up in weight to take on new challenges, he’d like Ward to pass right over the cruiserweight division and go right after perhaps the biggest name in the heavyweight division — Anthony Joshua.

“I’ve seen some things we can do against Joshua. We wouldn’t even have to put extra weight [on Ward] beyond what he walks around at, about 192 [pounds]. We’d just go right at him,” Hunter said.

Ward followed up Hunter’s message by saying that he used to think Hunter was crazy, but now he simply follows his trusted trainer’s lead, while adding:

“It’s a dream. I know it sounds crazy, but … I do really well against bigger fighters because of my stamina and because I’m strong.”

That said, Hunter did admit that at least for this fall (where HBO is holding a date for Ward) it might be more reasonable for them to take on either Badou Jack or Nathan Cleverly, who are currently in talks to land on the Mayweather-McGregor undercard. Ward himself has ruled out any possible third fight with Kovalev.

So, tell me, how would you feel about a potential Ward-Joshua fight? Do you think it’s simply a bridge too far for Andre, or could his craft be enough to offset Joshua’s physical advantages?

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