Virgil Hunter on Andre Ward: ‘I told him that we’ll train for a knockout’

Andre Ward can’t wait for June 17. Many believed that Sergey Kovalev won the first fight between the two fighters. In the rematch, Ward wants to leave no doubt. Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter did his best to make sure there is no doubt after this fight. They trained for a knockout!

“Me knowing Andre’s mindset and how he approaches things, I told him that we’ll train for a knockout. It doesn’t mean it’s going to come, but we’ll train for it. It’ll be quite evident in the fight,” Hunter said. “He’s going to get hit because you got to get hit to win and get knockouts. He’s been hit by Sergey and he described the punches just as I see the punches on TV, very sharp… not concussive but sharp. [A knockout] is a possibility. I’ve only trained Andre to purposefully knock out somebody twice – the first one was Chad [Dawson], the second one was this one. I never trained him to knock anybody out, but those two I did. Only twice have we changed strategy to stop somebody.”

Will Ward knockout Kovalev? We’ll see come Saturday night!




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