When asked, in the aftermath of his victory over Kovalev, whether a bout with Joshua could be arranged, Ward replied: ‘Anything is possible.
‘Maybe cruiserweight, I don’t know. Cruiserweight, heavyweight, that’s always been a dream of mine.
‘It’s gotta be the right guy, but I dream big.’
The 33-year-old screamed to the world that he is now the undisputed no 1 following his conquering of Kovalev – triumphing in the clash which was loaded with bad blood and built on a narrative of betrayal.