Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) will defend the WBA and IBO middleweight belts against Australian Daniel Geale on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
In stark contrast to GGG, the 30-year-old Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) has become a glorified spectator who is strictly determined to terminate his agreement with Dan Goossen.
“It’s a little different situation,” said Golovkin, 32, who took an extended break following the death of his father on February 18. “My story is my story and Andre’s story is Andre’s story. In the future, I hope to fight him. Right now I’m focused on my fight.”
Unsurprisingly, Tom Loeffler agrees with Golovkin’s “story.”
“(Ward) is in a different division; he’s 168,” said Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin. “Gennady said he would go to 168 if it’s a compelling fight. So, it’s kind of hard to duck someone not in the same division.”
GGG most recently vacated the squared circle on February 1 after overwhelming Osumanu Adama.
Golovkin, who has now recorded 16 consecutive knockouts, floored the 33-year-old Adama (22-4, 16 KOs) in the first and sixth rounds.
Sensing a beaten man, the powerful Russian mercilessly stalked Adama and again bullied the challenger to the canvas with a savage hook in the seventh frame.
Referee Louis Pabon compassionately halted the lopsided beating at 1:20 of the decisive round.
A punishing, ferocious and accurate slugger, Golovkin has never been toppled in over 375 contests.
Although a decent pugilist, the 33-year-old Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) will get knocked onto Queer Street by Golovkin this weekend.
Meanwhile, Ward, who previously hadn’t scrapped since earning a 10th round TKO victory over “Bad” Chad Dawson in September 2012, last exited the ring on November 16 after outclassing Edwin Rodríguez to easily safeguard The Ring and WBA super middleweight straps.
A brilliant tactician who hasn’t been conquered since he was a 12-year-old amateur, Ward officially beat the 29-year-old Rodríguez (24-1, 16 KOs) by scores of 118-106, 117-107 and 116-108.
Using elite footwork, a brilliant jab, and ferocious left hook, Ward dominated Rodríguez and absorbed virtually no punishment over 36 minutes.
The sport’s second premier pound-for-pounder is a defensive virtuoso who employs expert movement to keep opponents unbalanced.
Quickly adapting and readjusting to Rodríguez’s roughhouse tactics, Ward dictated the pace of the bout and excelled following a 14 month layoff.
Regardless, now having competed twice in roughly 23 months and without a match in sight, “The Son of God” is covered in dust.
Rather than belittling GGG, Ward should concentrate on finally resuming his career as a prizefighter.
After all, while Gennady Golovkin’s “focused” on battering Daniel Geale, Andre Ward is becoming a mouthy afterthought.