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The Plan: Fall PPV For Kovalev-Ward



By Michael Woods

Kathy Duva grinned widely after her Krusher turned in the most complete and concise effort of his career, as well she should have.

The buzz from watchers of the demo job at Bell Center is many thinking maybe the Russian is the best pound for pounder on the planet was out there after he whacked Jean Pascal pillar to post, like the guy owed him money and called him nasty names as well.

Chocolatito is an ace but in a weight class that doesn’t get the love the upper ones do.

Kovalev is a technically adept assassin, and the cold portions of his heart make him maybe the baddest man on the planet pugilism. He’s a tick meaner than Triple G, I heard a couple folks mention, and that trait is possibly what makes him the top practitioner working today.

Ah but who can really answer this query, it being the ultimate hypothetical. We are comparing apples to oranges to grapefruits, aren’t we?


If the world gets its way, maybe we can compare apples..if in the fall Kovalev faces off with pugilist- specialist Andre Ward, then I think the case, a strong case, can be made for the winner to be P4P No. 1.

Chatter about Kovalev/Ward abounded late Saturday into Sunday. The majority I came across said Ward will be able to escape the Russian bear mauling him…but more people are seeing it as a pick em than they were a year ago.

Not Leonard Ellerbe..the Floyd Mayweather sometimes spokesman took to Twitter and said Ward would box circles around Kovalev. “He will box circles around this dude,” he opined.

What about it, Kathy Duva? Break that grin long enough to answer, would you?

“Ha, ha, ha, ha,” she howled.

I take that to mean she doesn’t agree with Mr. Ellerbe.

And…does Sergey do one and then Ward? Or Ward next, in maybe August or September?

“Hopefully June (maybe in Russia) then Ward in the fall is the plan,” she said.

Ward spoke on air Saturday, to Jim Lampley and wasn’t concrete about his plans. One fight, in March, then a Kovalev fight? Or two fights, then Kovalev? We shall see, he said…but it is WHEN, not IF.

And last thing for Kovalev/Ward pegged as PPV? “Yes, of course!” the Main Events boss said.

Then, she went back to grinning.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.