Andre Ward: Sergio Martinez Impressive but Too Small for Fight

Both Ward and Martinez were impressive in their last fights, but don't count on seeing them face each other in the ring.
Both Ward and Martinez were impressive in their last fights, but don't count on seeing them face each other in the ring.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2012

Andre Ward and Sergio Martinez may be on opposite ends of the career spectrum, but both put on near virtuoso performances in their last fights. So it's natural for people to chatter about when they could step in the ring together.

For his part, Ward was very impressed with Martinez defeat of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday night, but he doesn't think a fight between the two is likely to happen.

"Martinez was very impressive. He put on a clinic until the 12th round where we almost had history happen," Ward told BoxingScene.com's Ryan Burton.

"He did everything he said he was going to do," Ward stated. 

Martinez, who suffered numerous injuries in the fight that will shelve him until next year, won by a wide unanimous decision. But he had to survive a brutal 12th round that nearly saw Chavez Jr. pull off one of the biggest shockers in boxing history.

Ward was equally, if not more dominant in his last fight, defeating world light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson by 10th round TKO. So what are the chances of a superfight between Ward and Martinez?

Not great if you ask Andre.

"I would love to fight Martinez but I don't think it is possible because of the weight. Martinez's people say that he is a small middleweight and they are right," said Ward. 

"They say that if I go down to 160 then a fight could happen but I don't think that is possible."

Going up and down in weight is always a tricky situation in boxing. While the differences in weight classes may only look like a few pounds to non-fighters, it can have a severe impact when stepping into the ring.

Sergio Martinez is scheduled to have knee surgery next week in Madrid, Spain. There is no timetable for his return to boxing.

Andre Ward, on the other hand, has said he wants to take a few weeks off to rest and recharge before sitting down with his team and planning his next steps.

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