Andre Ward says that he is ready for his upcoming battle against Sergey Kovalev in a couple of weeks.
During a media workout, Ward said he is not thinking about being the favorite or having any big advantage over his rival.
“I feel that this fight with Kovalev is 50-50," Ward said. "That’s how I approach all of my big fights. I don’t go into the fight thinking, ‘I’ve got a clear-cut advantage here’ or ‘I’ve got to run through this guy.’ Personally, for me, I can’t roll like that. I’ve got to keep myself honest, stay on my grind, keep my head down and force myself to keep working. I truly believe Kovalev is everything they say he is, and I’m everything that I’ve shown over the years.
The undefeated Ward was also quick to point that, as much as he respects Kovalev's boxing skills, he does not fear or care what Kovalev has done in the past.
“There are always different game plans, nuances, different things you’re working on but I respect every fight that I fight," Ward said. "I don’t get caught up in the whole puncher thing, anybody can get you out of there if you get hit right. I don’t think I’d be sitting here in this position right now if I hadn’t had these highs and lows. We’ve got to find a way to get it done, and we’re going to find a way to get it done. I don’t care what he’s got in his gloves, who he’s knocked out or what he’s done. My job is to get my hand raised, and that’s what we’re focused on."
The Kovalev vs. Ward fight will take place on November 19 on pay-per-view and the undisputed WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight titles will be on the line for that fight.