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Virgil Hunter, trainer of Andre Ward, has revealed that his fighter has already said he will fight Gennady Golovkin but the fight will not happen any time soon.
Ward (27-0, 14 KOS), hasn’t been in the ring since November 2013 due to an on-going legal dispute with his current promoter, Goossen Promotions.
While he hopes to finally put that situation behind him in 2015, there has been growing talk that Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) will step up in weight after he has cleaned up the middleweight division.
Given his explosive performances, his profile is rapidly growing and that in turn had led to speculation that he will face the likes of Ward and Carl Froch.
However, Hunter has revealed that Ward has previously agreed to fight Golovkin, verbally, but he doubts that K2 Promotions, the team that looks after GGG, will want to get in the ring with Ward any time soon.
“He already stated he would fight Golovkin, but K2 Promotions has other plans, and K2 is doing a wonderful job with Golovkin, and I’m sure he fits into HBO’s plans,” he told On the Ropes Boxing radio.
“It’s quite obvious that there is a lot of hype behind Gennady, justifiably so. What the network intends for him to be, he’s got a great opportunity to achieve that. So I don’t assume fighting Andre Ward would be a wise move for the plan they have because we could very well set him back because fans are very unforgiving after one fight.”
Hunter went on to add that he hopes Ward also continues to be a major part of HBO’s plans moving forward and he believes that he will continue to be in great fights when he finally resolves his promotional issues.
However, for now the fight with Golovkin isn’t one that interests either party greatly, but in time it may well grow into a huge bout in the super-middleweight division.