New unified light heavyweight champion Andre Ward may have a rematch with former champion Sergey Kovalev coming soon, but he is not against the idea of competing as a heavyweight.
In the post-fight press conference after Ward came from behind to defeat Kovalev via unanimous decision on November 19, Ward said he needs to find the perfect timing and opponent for Ward to consider moving up in weight.
"There's certain guys you don't mess with and those guys are too big," Ward said. "I respect them, but you got to find the right opponent and the right situation. So maybe one day, maybe not, but not those two."
Ward sees himself as someone who can transition and fight effectively at multiple weight classes. He compares his situation to that of Roy Jones Jr., who won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.
"Listen, I've talked about this a lot and I know it sounds crazy. I know it does," Ward said. "But I feel like I have a Roy Jones-type of situation in me before my career is over. And I have a great guy to do it with, Mackie Shilstone, but it's got to be the right guy. I'm not going to let my ego get in the way."
While Ward does not hold as many world titles in as many weight classes as Jones, Ward has won has won a world title at super middleweight earlier in his career.