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Andre Ward on Canelo-Kovalev: Sergey Kovalev is no longer ‘The Krusher’

Ward breaks down why he likes Canelo to stop Kovalev late.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Andre Ward made an appearance on Max Kellerman’s boxing show where he touched on a number of topics ranging from Tyson Fury’s recent win over Otto Wallin and the upcoming Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev fight. Check out why Ward thinks Canelo can get Kovalev out of there if this fight makes it to the second half.

Ward on who wins Canelo-Kovalev:

“It’s a lot of variables but right now I’m leaning Canelo Alvarez. Sergey Kovalev is no longer ‘The Krusher,’ he’s simply Sergey Kovalev. And Sergey Kovalev by himself is a formidable guy, he’s still dangerous, he’s still tough, but it’s only for the first half of the fight.

“If Canelo Alvarez doesn’t try to go overboard and try to put on some enormous amount of weight and mass, I think he’s gonna wear Kovalev down. We know — everybody knows — that Kovalev can not take it to the body, nor does he know how to defend himself when somebody comes inside. I can see Canelo stopping Kovalev late, somewhere around the 11th and the 12th round because, listen, Sergey Kovalev is in his mid-30s, this is a cash-out fight for him. I’m sure he’s gonna try to win but he’s not ‘The Krusher’ anymore, it’s as simple as that. He’s had tough fights, tough lifestyle outside the ring — I’m leaning towards Canelo Alvarez for a late round stoppage.”

On if he would potentially be interested in coming out of retirement for a Canelo fight should he beat Kovalev:

“I’m enjoying the seat that I’m in right now. And furthermore, I don’t think Canelo would do that. I just don’t. I don’t think Canelo and Oscar would ever say my name. He’s said my name in the media but not to that magnitude, like a call-out or anything like that. I’m sitting back enjoying it as a fan and I wish both guys well.”

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