Boxing fans will get to witness the sport at its highest level on Saturday with a much-anticipated rematch, as Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) looks to get revenge against Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) in a light heavyweight title contest.
In November of last year, Ward stormed back from an early knockdown to nick the powerful Kovalev on the cards, with all three judges scoring it 114-113 in the American’s favor.
Ward used every bit of his intelligence, skill and accurate counter-punching to come up with the result, which saw him win the WBA, IBF and WBO world light heavyweight titles in just his third fight in the division.
Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev 2 HBO PPV
Kovalev, who one could make a compelling case for having deserved a win against Ward, will get a chance to avenge the only loss of his career to this point.
Both fighters’ unimpeachable talent, determination, power and speed will be on display in the boxing mecca of Las Vegas on Saturday night. Here’s how to view the fight.
Ward vs. Kovalev 2 Viewing Info
When: Saturday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas
TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK), HBO pay-per-view
Live Stream: SkySports.com (UK Only)
There is more on the line than pride and three world titles for Ward, who only just a couple of years ago faded from the sport’s spotlight as he dealt with injuries and a contract dispute. Of course, those who watched his ascent through the super middleweight ranks couldn’t forget his calculating, precise style and ability to pinpoint opponents’ weaknesses.
Sure enough, after a 19-month layoff from November 2013 to June 2016, Ward returned with a stoppage win over Paul Smith, and three more fights later, he reached the pinnacle of the sport with his win over Kovalev.
Indeed, Ward is Ring’s top pound-for-pound boxer, with Kovalev right behind him. Other outlets have Ward very near the top, so a loss to Kovalev would mean relinquishing his titles and his spot as boxing’s top dog in any division. After barely surviving an early onslaught from Krusher to win by a close unanimous decision in their first meeting, Ward hopes to deliver a more clear-cut victory this time out.