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‘It is realistic’ that Andre Ward will beat Gennady Golovkin in 2014

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Gennady Golovkin said Tuesday that “it is realistic” that he could fight Andre Ward at 168 pounds in the springtime.

Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) last exited the squared circle on November 2 after stopping Curtis Stevens at the end of the eighth round to successfully defend the WBO and IBO middleweight crowns.

The 5-foot-11 Golovkin 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.

“I need February’s bout to be a success,” said Golovkin, 31, who has now recorded 15 consecutive knockouts. “What concerns the future, I hope for a fight against Andre Ward. But, the time has not come yet. It is realistic.”

Comparatively, the 29-year-old Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) outclassed Edwin Rodríguez to easily safeguard The Ring and WBA super middleweight belts in November.

Using elite footwork, a brilliant jab, and ferocious left hook, Ward dominated Rodríguez and absorbed virtually no punishment over 36 minutes.

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 in 2014, Andre Ward will universally outscore Gennady Golovkin to remain undefeated.

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