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Likely We See Ward-Kovalev 2 June 17 in Vegas


The 2016 clash between light heavyweight ace Sergey Kovalev and 168 all star turned 175 player Andre Ward unfolded to uniform praise for the quality of combat in November, after a lengthy gestation period.

Ward got the W, according to enough judges, and controversy simmers to this day among fight watchers who believe the Russian’s effective aggression gave him the win, in a just world.

No better way to minimize controversy than do it again, stage a sequel.

Indications are strong that will occur, in June, likely in Las Vegas.

Egis Klimas, 2016 Manager of the Year according to the BWAA, spoke to NYFIGHTS Saturday night. He was asked about rumors that June 17 is being targeted and progress is being made in negotiations between Ward and company–he’s working with Roc Nation–and Kovalev with promoter Main Events.

“I will believe it when I see a contract,” Klimas told me. “I am not in the negotiations, our promoter is in the negotiations, and she’s keeping me updated. But I believe it’s getting very close to finishing for the rematch. Good news for everybody, especially for fans!”

The three judges on duty at T Mobile last fall saw Ward a one point winner. Kovalev backers note their guy sent the 31-0 Oaklander to the canvas. Ward was dropped in round two by the 31-1-1 Russian terminator type, and his second half ring generalship swayed the arbiters.

Kovalev will seek to be the ultimate arbitrator come June, by finishing the job. Ward believes he has the blueprint mastered and will continue to outbox the banger. Time will tell us whose reasoning wins out.



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