Andre Ward took a narrow decision win over Sergey Kovalev, with the judges unanimously voting him a 114-113 victory.
Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward will meet in a clash of titans in Las Vegas. Join me from 1pm (AEDT) here on The Roar for live round-by-round coverage.
This is it fight fans, it’s been a mixed year. Personally I think it’s been one of the better years in boxing but a lot of people think otherwise.
What we do know is that all those arguments no longer matter. Every day fight fans around the world scream out for a legitimate #1 vs #2 fight, the calls for “the best vs the best” are endless, and now it’s here.
The best fighter to currently and possibly ever come out of Eastern Europe vs arguably the best, most pedigree fighter to come out of America since Floyd Mayweather Junior.
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev has cleared out a division and all-but retired a modern great in Bernard Hopkins. Andre Ward famously cleared out a division by unexpectedly winning the Super Six challenge and finishing off Chad Dawson.
Neither fighter has hidden from the other, and both stated their intentions early of wanting to fight. Kovalev and Ward are both at the top of their games and are looking to solidify their legacies. Don’t expect it to be a blood bath, but expect it to be a prime example of how the best beats the best.
Many people are claiming Kovalev will pursue the role of the puncher and try to end Ward earlier. Don’t forget that Kovalev has a fantastic amateur background and can box with the best of them. He has done all his homework and will be ready to prevent Ward from smothering him. I expect some clean boxing and body work early to stop Ward in the later rounds.
Ward on the other hand cannot be bullied. He’s proven it multiple times and most famously neutralized Carl Froch in his prime. He can move around the outside, smother on the inside and use all the tricks of the game to his advantage. Ward isn’t exactly known for his soft hands either. He has a strong chin, but don’t expect him to use it, Ward will fight an intelligent game constantly moving in and out so Kovalev can’t get a rhythm and will push for a points decision.
This is truly the hardest fight to call that we’ve had in a long time and the closest to 50/50 you could get. It won’t be the prettiest fight and it won’t be a rehash of Ward vs Gatti or Hearns vs Hagler, but it’s going to be an example of prime boxing. There is no doubt, regardless of the result; the winner will be the undisputed current #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the game.
Join me live from ringside at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas from 1pm (AEDT) here on The Roar for live round-by-round coverage.