The Kovalev-Ward Megafight is Semi-Official for Las Vegas on Nov. 19

The Kovalev-Ward Megafight – According to a story first reported by ESPN’s Dan Rafael, the highly-anticipated showdown between WBA/WBO/IBF World light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) will take place on Nov. 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas….that’s assuming that both win their interim bouts which is pretty much a foregone conclusion.

Kovalev’s promoter, Main Events, and Ward’s promoter, Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports, will formally request this date and venue at the Tuesday meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC will assuredly rubber-stamp these petitions.

Kovalev’s interim fight is scheduled for July 11 at Ekaterinburg, Russia. In the opposite corner will be Isaac Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs), a native of Malawi who fights out of South Africa. Andre Ward’s next fight is tentatively scheduled for August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland. The opponent remains a mystery.

The Kovalev-Chilemba match is being billed as a homecoming for Kovalev, the “Russian Crusher,” who began his pro career off the grid in North Carolina and has fought only twice in his native country since leaving the amateur ranks – most recently on Dec. 5, 2011, right here at this very venue in Ekaterinburg where the stopped countryman Roman Simakov in the seventh round. That bout proved fatal for Simakov who lapsed into a coma shortly after the bout was halted and died three days later without regaining consciousness. This was reportedly the first ring fatality ever in Russia.

Kovalev and Ward were on a collision course that began the very day that Andre Ward made known his intent to relinquish his 168-pound titles to compete as a light heavyweight. The only U.S. boxer to win a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Ward had nothing left to prove as a super middleweight after unifying the belts. His interim fight in August will be his third since moving up in weight.

Kovalev vs. Ward is a classic confrontation between a boxer and a puncher. The 32-year-old Ward has obvious advantages in speed and ring generalship, but Kovalev, the older man by almost 11 months, packs a harder punch and can seemingly turn the bout in his favor at any moment.

Kovalev is currently ranked #2 in the pound-for-pound ratings of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, trailing only Nicaraguan flyweight Roman Gonzalez. Ward is #5. Between him and Kovalev sit middleweight Gennady Golovkin and flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada.

The Kovalev-Ward Megafight

 

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-deepwater2 :

I might have to go to Vegas for this one.


-Gabrielito :

"Boxer vs Puncher" is a bit misleading in this one; those who know , know that Krusher is a complete boxer to go with his vicious power. KK does not lunge or leap in, wastes few punches. He also BLANKED Bernard Hopkins. The guy can box like a duck swims. It also seems Krusher is the bigger guy; but I think they will be equal size once they touch gloves . Fascinating fight...think I'll get some tickets to that one. Gotta lean toward Krusher based on the B-Hop massacre (which could have been stopped in the 12th)!


-Kid Blast :

I might have to go to Vegas for this one.
I might go with you.


-Radam G :

It will take SOG Ward doing the impossible to win. And the impossible happens all the time. So with SOG walking on water, I'm in like sin. He is going to make "Killa K" look sinfully boksing thin. I've seen both pugs hanging out in Cali on my extended stay here. Killa K is looking like a balloon and SOG is looking like a pin. We all know what happens when a pin sticks into an air-filled balloon. POP! Holla!


-oubobcat :

I might go with you.
Count me in as a possibility as well. My wife is in Germany for the next week and I will be preparing my sales pitch for when she returns.


-oubobcat :

It will take SOG Ward doing the impossible to win. And the impossible happens all the time. So with SOG walking on water, I'm in like sin. He is going to make "Killa K" look sinfully boksing thin. I've seen both pugs hanging out in Cali on my extended stay here. Killa K is looking like a balloon and SOG is looking like a pin. We all know what happens when a pin sticks into an air-filled balloon. POP! Holla!
This will have to be one of our gentleman's wagers. You have gotten me on the last couple but I am 100% certain I will prevail on this. Kovalev is the real deal. The guy can not only punch but his boxing skills are still vastly underrated. He possesses an excellent jab and knows how to position himself to land his power shots. And has improved tremendously in last few years at cutting off the ring. And don't forget Darnell Boone once had Ward on the seat of his pants and hurt with a right uppercut. Kovalev is not only going to win but stop Ward. Let the fun begin. By the way, I wish the Shadow were still around as we use to go back and forth on this fight. It would sure be fun to start up that discussion now that the fight will be happening.


-Radam G :

This will have to be one of our gentleman's wagers. You have gotten me on the last couple but I am 100% certain I will prevail on this. Kovalev is the real deal. The guy can not only punch but his boxing skills are still vastly underrated. He possesses an excellent jab and knows how to position himself to land his power shots. And has improved tremendously in last few years at cutting off the ring. And don't forget Darnell Boone once had Ward on the seat of his pants and hurt with a right uppercut. Kovalev is not only going to win but stop Ward. Let the fun begin. By the way, I wish the Shadow were still around as we use to go back and forth on this fight. It would sure be fun to start up that discussion now that the fight will be happening.
Wow! Bring it on! SOG is going to scratch Killa K from the ranks of the undefeated like a bad song. In dat squared jungle, on the night in question -- the richest light heavyweight scrap of all times -- SOG is going to make Killa K look like killa K doesn't belong. It ain't going to be easy work. But it also ain't gonna be rocket science. A chilly night of sweet science is going to put Killa K into deep hibernation like a big Russian bear. Holla!