Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev meet in a rematch for the Unified WBA, IBF and WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship in the early hours of Sunday 18th June South African time.
The fight takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada and Kovalev will be looking to avenge a unanimous but very narrow points defeat in November of 2016. Kovalev dropped Ward early in the fight but the challenger fought back to win the fight on the judges scorecards something Kovalev was less than happy about.
It has led to a build up that has had a bit of everything and the one thing we can say for certain is that these guys don’t like each other much.
Defending Champion Andre Ward is 33 years old and from America. He has had 31 bouts and 230 rounds with a 48% KO percentage. He has had 31 wins (15KOs) and 0 losses. He is orthodox fighter standing at a height of 6’0”/ 183 cm with a reach of 71 inches/180cm.
Sergey Kovalev, alias Krusher, is 34 years of age and is from Russia. He has had 32 bouts and 126 rounds with an 81% KO percentage. In total he has won 30 (26KOs), lost 1 (against Ward) and had 1 draw. Like Ward he adopts an orthodox stance and he is 6’0”/ 183 cm tall with a reach of 72 and a half inches/ 184cm.
Match Betting – click here to bet
Prices correct at time of posting but will change in the lead up to the match.
Suggested Bet: Will the fight go the distance – NO at 5/2
This should be a fiery encounter from the opening bell and I think the price that the fight ends before the 12 rounds are completed is tempting. Ward doesn’t have a high knockout percentage when compared to his opponent but he does have the ability to end things early and will have plenty of motivation to do so here.