Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) last exited the squared circle on November 16 after outclassing Edwin Rodríguez to easily safeguard The Ring and WBA super middleweight belts.
Using elite footwork, a brilliant jab, and ferocious left hook, Ward dominated Rodríguez and absorbed virtually no punishment over 36 minutes.
“A lot of people say that he's gotten a lot of unnecessary hype. But, I've got a lot of respect for Gennady Golovkin. The thing is that, against the guys that he's fighting, he's doing the things that he's supposed to do against those guys. I mean, he's getting them out of there."
Comparatively, the 31-year-old Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) stopped Curtis Stevens at the end of the eighth round to successfully defend the WBO and IBO middleweight crowns on November 2.
The 5-foot-11 Golovkin, who has now recorded 15 consecutive knockouts, constantly stalked the 28-year-old Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) and floored the challenger with a ferocious left in the second.
“GGG” ultimately landed 293 punches and badly defaced the 5-foot-7 Stevens.
Although courageous and brimming with testicular fortitude, Stevens was utterly overwhelmed and the bout needed to be called.
A silver medalist as a middleweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Golovkin is slated to face Osumanu Adama on February 1 in Monte Carlo.
Golovkin’s a ferocious and accurate slugger who has never once hit the canvas.
Unfortunately for the Kazakh scrapper, Ward is the sport’s second premier pound-for-pounder and a budding legend.
Ward, who won gold as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Games in Athens, is a brilliant tactician who hasn’t been conquered since he was a 12-year-old amateur.
If the two elite prizefighters throw fists at 168 pounds in 2014, Andre Ward will get Gennady Golovkin “out of there” with a unanimous decision victory on the scorecards.