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    Ward-Kovalev II Official for June 17

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    NEW YORK, NY (April 4, 2017) - Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions and Krusher Promotions are pleased to announce the highly anticipated rematch between the unified Light Heavyweight Champion of the World, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former title holder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs). Ward vs. Kovalev II “No Excuses” will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.



    Team Ward and Team Kovalev will partake in a three-city press tour the week of April 10 to officially announce the fight, including New York City, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Further details will be available in the coming days.



    “I'm going to keep it short and sweet. You got what you asked for - now you have to see me on June 17. This time...leave the excuses at home,” said Ward.



    “I'm glad to know that rematch will happen. I really hope that Andre Ward will get into the ring for this rematch. Fans of boxing will see the real Krusher--the one they have missed for couple of my last fights. For me this rematch is very important as no other bout in my entire boxing career. Thanks a lot to all of boxing fans," said Kovalev.



    “Roc Nation Sports is proud to be the lead promoter behind a boxing rematch for the ages,” said Michael Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy. “Last November, Andre showed the world he was boxing’s best. No doubt he will build upon his legacy come June 17 in another historic night. There’s no excuses, the rematch is on.”



    “After the last fight, we are preparing for another unbelievable experience. Can't wait for the bell to ring! This is sure to be another nail-biting roller coaster ride,” said Kathy Duva, CEO, Main Events. “This is the only fight that Sergey wants right now and he refused to settle for anything less than the chance to get his belts back. I'm told that Roc Nation and Andre Ward have lots of great ideas for the promotion and we can't wait to see them in action!”



    "After a razor thin decision last November in their first meeting, the boxing community has been eagerly waiting for a Ward-Kovalev rematch," said Tony Walker, Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View. "These are two world class prizefighters who embrace being on the sport's biggest stage. Like Andre and Sergey, we can't wait for June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas."



    “This spectacular rematch of pound-for-pound champions will be a ‘can’t-miss’ fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center,” said Richard Sturm, President of Entertainment and Sports for MGM Resorts International. “We look forward to working with both Roc Nation Sports and Main Events once again on this championship event which should be one of the most thrilling fights of 2017.”



    Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior’s instinct inside it, 33-year-old Andre Ward’s skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating in a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold in the past decade, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. He turned professional on December 18, 2004, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Molina at Staples Center in a fight that was televised live on HBO. He has gone on to rack up an undefeated record since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process. After becoming the Ring Magazine and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion, rising to the number two spot on the pound-for-pound list and winning the 2011 Fighter of the Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America), it was announced that Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in January 2015, opening a new chapter in his storied boxing career. Ward returned to the ring on June 20, 2015 at the Oracle Arena in front of his hometown fans in Oakland, California and scored a ninth-round knockout over Paul Smith. On March 26, 2016, Ward made his highly publicized 175-pound debut against Cuba’s undefeated and IBF number one rated light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera and came out victorious. Ward continued his conquest of the light heavyweight division on August 6, 2016, with a unanimous decision over Alexander Brand. Immediately following the win, Ward announced that he will be taking on unified Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev in the ultimate showdown for division supremacy and recognition as the best pound-for-pound fighter. In the most anticipated fight of 2016 on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ward would prove to the world his dominance as one of boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighters by becoming the unified World Light Heavyweight Champion with a unanimous decision win over Kovalev, the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder.



    Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 34, is currently ranked #2 Pound-for-Pound by Ring Magazine and has been dominating boxing's light heavyweight division with his aggressive, fan-friendly style since his breakout performance against then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013 when he won the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. One year after winning his WBO title Sergey went on to defeat future Hall-of-Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins in a 12-round unanimous decision victory to add the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles to his mantle. His rise to boxing stardom has been meteoric, as he has gone from an unknown fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to headlining HBO Pay-Per-View in just four years after signing with his first promoter, Main Events. In his last fight, Kovalev went the distance against former two-time world champion Andre “SOG” Ward. The bout ended in a highly-contested unanimous decision against Sergey even though Kovalev managed to knock down Ward and many thought the cards should have gone in his favor. Out of Kovalev's 30 career victories 26 have come by way of knockout. Additionally, he has entered into championship rounds only three times in his professional career. Kovalev has always sought to test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he wants to prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.



    Ward vs. Kovalev II “No Excuses,” a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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    Re: Ward-Kovalev II Official for June 17

    We hope crooked American judges don't screw KK again.

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    I am just relieved they got this deal done. The first fight was great and am expecting more of the same the second time around. Well, maybe a little different as I expect to see a much more aggressive and dominant Kovalev.

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    I went into the the first fight with a 50/50 mindset combined with a tad of wishful thinking on behalf of Ward. ...."Wishful Thinking" is when you want someone to win but don't have your belief system tied to your logic and hope becomes a substitute for whatever may be lacking in your favorite fighters' ability.

    Well .... At least the worst happened in the beginning of the fight. Ward was thoroughly shaken, he appeared to be in too deep, as if maybe he finally bit off more than he could chew.

    I was a good fight but at the same time it was difficult to watch. Kovalev was spearing Ward with the kind of jabs that leave dents..

    I was glad to that Ward had not checked out or abandoned ship ... It was a gut check, it was adrenaline flowing, it was Hunter making Ward remember who he was...
    It was a competitive fight and I felt good for Ward after the hard fought fight and then I heard the decision.

    ....I jumped up and ran and woke up my grandson son. "Kovalev got robbed"... I hollered.

    Khadahphy woke up hastily and said "I hate boxing ... I don't care!" and drifted back off.

    Anyway I just sat there for a moment soaking it all in and feeling a little bad for the earnstwhile Krusher... For about all of two minutes that is... Then I sent up a triple salutary fist pump in honor of S-O-G WARD!. I would watch the fight 23 more times that week, I saw it a draw, I saw it a split for Kovalev, and for more generous cases I gave Ward a split.
    But as for general consensus from websites, podcasts, pundits and weekend trainers, the results I heard were about 50/50.

    Amid all the chaos postfight, Virgil took a moment and blamed HBO for forcing Ward up to the light heavyweight division and also for not using Ward on any announcing assignments. (I thought this was a moment Virgil should have kept to himself)

    But the best yet came a week later after Jim Lampley had built up the winner between Ward and Kovalev (for more than an entire year) as the defacto best Pound for Pound Boxer on the Planet preceeding the fight.

    Except for one thing lol......
    .....Lampley pulled a Switcheroo Immediately after their fight,... and flipped his own criteria. Lampley has now decreed that resumes are no longer valid for selecting participants for the pound for pound list.

    WHAT!!!!!!!

    Lomanchko will certainly get the #1 spot in due time but for Lampley to artificially insert Lomanchenko over Kovalev or Ward is just wrong. These men have 3 decades of sterling history in the pro ranks. That must count for something.

    Since Ward vs Kovalev 2 has been signed there's another Irational phenomenon floating around the web.

    Somehow after Ward just barely saved his bacon against Kovalev, nearly every media outlet has proclaimed Ward to be the default winner of the rematch because Ward just boxes better the second time around.

    O Ye of too much faith.... What does Kovalev do!

    O he can't change... They say. Kovalev is locked in a time loop .... Of course everyone knows that punchers are always trapped in a Einsteinian paradox and are doomed to repeat their mistakes for infinity.

    I think these guys are uniquely talented and are doomed to engage in yet another great fight...I'm still going to pick 50/50 again in this rare classic...Ward vs Kovalev will probably be the final ppv I buy all year.

    This might be a good time to go to vegas....nobody likes going to vegas in the summer. Unless your like me.

    Enjoy the rematch.

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    The Russian won the first fight.

    It was close enough to warrant a rematch.

    The outcome depends on the ref.

    If the ref lets Ward do what he wants, Ward should win again even if Kovalev deserves it.

    Kovalev probably needs a knockout or a few knockdowns to get the nod.

    It is what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownsugar View Post
    I went into the the first fight with a 50/50 mindset combined with a tad of wishful thinking on behalf of Ward. ...."Wishful Thinking" is when you want someone to win but don't have your belief system tied to your logic and hope becomes a substitute for whatever may be lacking in your favorite fighters' ability.

    Well .... At least the worst happened in the beginning of the fight. Ward was thoroughly shaken, he appeared to be in too deep, as if maybe he finally bit off more than he could chew.

    I was a good fight but at the same time it was difficult to watch. Kovalev was spearing Ward with the kind of jabs that leave dents..

    I was glad to that Ward had not checked out or abandoned ship ... It was a gut check, it was adrenaline flowing, it was Hunter making Ward remember who he was...
    It was a competitive fight and I felt good for Ward after the hard fought fight and then I heard the decision.

    ....I jumped up and ran and woke up my grandson son. "Kovalev got robbed"... I hollered.

    Khadahphy woke up hastily and said "I hate boxing ... I don't care!" and drifted back off.

    Anyway I just sat there for a moment soaking it all in and feeling a little bad for the earnstwhile Krusher... For about all of two minutes that is... Then I sent up a triple salutary fist pump in honor of S-O-G WARD!. I would watch the fight 23 more times that week, I saw it a draw, I saw it a split for Kovalev, and for more generous cases I gave Ward a split.
    But as for general consensus from websites, podcasts, pundits and weekend trainers, the results I heard were about 50/50.

    Amid all the chaos postfight, Virgil took a moment and blamed HBO for forcing Ward up to the light heavyweight division and also for not using Ward on any announcing assignments. (I thought this was a moment Virgil should have kept to himself)

    But the best yet came a week later after Jim Lampley had built up the winner between Ward and Kovalev (for more than an entire year) as the defacto best Pound for Pound Boxer on the Planet preceeding the fight.

    Except for one thing lol......
    .....Lampley pulled a Switcheroo Immediately after their fight,... and flipped his own criteria. Lampley has now decreed that resumes are no longer valid for selecting participants for the pound for pound list.

    WHAT!!!!!!!

    Lomanchko will certainly get the #1 spot in due time but for Lampley to artificially insert Lomanchenko over Kovalev or Ward is just wrong. These men have 3 decades of sterling history in the pro ranks. That must count for something.

    Since Ward vs Kovalev 2 has been signed there's another Irational phenomenon floating around the web.

    Somehow after Ward just barely saved his bacon against Kovalev, nearly every media outlet has proclaimed Ward to be the default winner of the rematch because Ward just boxes better the second time around.

    O Ye of too much faith.... What does Kovalev do!

    O he can't change... They say. Kovalev is locked in a time loop .... Of course everyone knows that punchers are always trapped in a Einsteinian paradox and are doomed to repeat their mistakes for infinity.

    I think these guys are uniquely talented and are doomed to engage in yet another great fight...I'm still going to pick 50/50 again in this rare classic...Ward vs Kovalev will probably be the final ppv I buy all year.

    This might be a good time to go to vegas....nobody likes going to vegas in the summer. Unless your like me.

    Enjoy the rematch.
    I was just dropping in to see what was the latest on TSS and saw that you had posted. Welcome back Brownsugar, it's to see active again! How did you score Jacobs vs. GGG?

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    ShoulderRoll My days are filled with temporal anomalies that eat my time like anti-matter pop corn. But I cant resist your qurstion about GGG vs Jacobs.

    I remember writing Jacobs off after watching him sliding off Pirog's forearm and onto the canvas like a hot slice of cheese sliding off a tilted ritz cracker.

    I thought Jacobs cancer recovery made a nice warm and fuzzy story as he received high visibility while dragging his cancer kids supporters from boxing show to boxing show.

    Jacobs was one of the good guys but I thought he was a train wreck waiting to happen..... Just as soon as he ran into another right hand.

    But i noticed something during his explosive KO of former olympian and top contender Giovanni Lorenzo.

    Jacobs ripped the consciousness away from Giovanni like a seasoned pickpocket. In only a few rounds.

    I started looking at Jacobs a lot more closely and posted here a year ago at least half a dozen times that Jacobs was poised and equipped to bring Golovkin his greatest challenge yet.

    Everybody kept bringing up Pirog and the flash knock down against The Latin Snake.

    But the sad thing is,... Spin doctoring promoters (like the forked tongue Oscar DeLa Hoya) took Golovkins' finest moment and attempted To turn it into a his worst day in the ring.

    Lets not forget that Golovkin accepted a fight against the most skilled middleweight in the division...
    Fans didnt know what Jacobs possessed but Team Golovkin did.

    And unlike the fearful contenders such as Canelo, Sanders, Lee, Eubanks and Karparov.... who gave Jacobs a wide berth while turning down opportunities to fight him as quietly as possible, Golovkin said "lets go".

    But the peanut gallery called GGG "old" "washed" and declining instead of giving Golovking the credit he is due for clinging onto a razor thin victory against one of the best.

    Jacobs is just that good. If Jacobs could have increases his output by 5%, the fight would have been his. He was so close.

    Golovkin is as good as he ever was.... There is not a better fighter at 160 on the planet....except potentially Jacobs ....if he can still make the weight safely in the near future.

    And now they got GGG waiting around like he's begging the coward Canelo for a fight... This coward who claims he could do better than Jacobs....but wont go near either fighter in the ring....but has the gall to hold a bumfight against a parttime fighter (Chavez)who doesnt have a prayer to make weight and be healthy at the same time....
    Makes me wanna holler..

    No sanity in the boxing business.

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    ".....sliding off Pirog's forearm and onto the canvas like a hot slice of cheese sliding off a tilted ritz cracker." Cool imagery. Very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownsugar View Post
    ShoulderRoll My days are filled with temporal anomalies that eat my time like anti-matter pop corn. But I cant resist your qurstion about GGG vs Jacobs.

    I remember writing Jacobs off after watching him sliding off Pirog's forearm and onto the canvas like a hot slice of cheese sliding off a tilted ritz cracker.

    I thought Jacobs cancer recovery made a nice warm and fuzzy story as he received high visibility while dragging his cancer kids supporters from boxing show to boxing show.

    Jacobs was one of the good guys but I thought he was a train wreck waiting to happen..... Just as soon as he ran into another right hand.

    But i noticed something during his explosive KO of former olympian and top contender Giovanni Lorenzo.

    Jacobs ripped the consciousness away from Giovanni like a seasoned pickpocket. In only a few rounds.

    I started looking at Jacobs a lot more closely and posted here a year ago at least half a dozen times that Jacobs was poised and equipped to bring Golovkin his greatest challenge yet.

    Everybody kept bringing up Pirog and the flash knock down against The Latin Snake.

    But the sad thing is,... Spin doctoring promoters (like the forked tongue Oscar DeLa Hoya) took Golovkins' finest moment and attempted To turn it into a his worst day in the ring.

    Lets not forget that Golovkin accepted a fight against the most skilled middleweight in the division...
    Fans didnt know what Jacobs possessed but Team Golovkin did.

    And unlike the fearful contenders such as Canelo, Sanders, Lee, Eubanks and Karparov.... who gave Jacobs a wide berth while turning down opportunities to fight him as quietly as possible, Golovkin said "lets go".

    But the peanut gallery called GGG "old" "washed" and declining instead of giving Golovking the credit he is due for clinging onto a razor thin victory against one of the best.

    Jacobs is just that good. If Jacobs could have increases his output by 5%, the fight would have been his. He was so close.

    Golovkin is as good as he ever was.... There is not a better fighter at 160 on the planet....except potentially Jacobs ....if he can still make the weight safely in the near future.

    And now they got GGG waiting around like he's begging the coward Canelo for a fight... This coward who claims he could do better than Jacobs....but wont go near either fighter in the ring....but has the gall to hold a bumfight against a parttime fighter (Chavez)who doesnt have a prayer to make weight and be healthy at the same time....
    Makes me wanna holler..

    No sanity in the boxing business.
    Well said BrownSugar, your in depth break downs were missed. However, I think that GGG is between a rock and a hard place. If he stays at 160, the public demand will be for him to fight Jacobs again, whom I feel should have been awarded a close decision against him. If he goes up to 168; a quality naturally bigger fighter with skills such as DeGale would make him look even more ordinary than Jacobs did! Based off of sheer competition and who is the best available fighter for GGG in his division, I would ideally like to see him rematch Jacobs immediately, followed by a unification bout with Saunders if he wins, and conclude his middleweight tenure by giving the young bull Charlo a shot.
    Last edited by Shoulder Roll Defense; 04-15-2017 at 12:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArneK. View Post
    ".....sliding off Pirog's forearm and onto the canvas like a hot slice of cheese sliding off a tilted ritz cracker." Cool imagery. Very cool.
    I shall steal it for future use


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