Ward could retire rather than face Kovalev rematch

World champion Andre Ward has hinted that he could retire rather than face a rematch against Sergey Kovalev.

Ward became the IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight title-holder in November after a controversial Las Vegas victory over Kovalev.

The Russian felt he was the clear winner – a view shared by many observers – yet the ringside judges handed the bout to Ward by a unanimous decision.

Kovalev has demanded a rematch to settle the matter, yet after 31 unbeaten fights, Ward has suggested that he could hang up his gloves at the age of 32.

“I’ve got to make some tough decisions over the next couple of months,” Ward told Rolling Stone.

“Boxing isn’t a sport to play with. I’ve obviously been doing this for a long time and it just has to make sense. We’ll make the right decision.

“I really just got to take my time right now because I really don’t have to fight anymore. I’ve accomplished pretty much everything that I’ve wanted to accomplish. It’s not about the money anymore.

"If we did the rematch it would be more just to silence Kovalev and silence his team and to just put a stamp on the rivalry we had. It would be more of a personal thing to me.”