Tuesday 25 April 2017
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Andre Ward ready to dethrone Kovalev to settle P4P status – “I’ll take him to places he’s never been before”


By Jordan Stoddart

Expectation is growing among fight fans with just four weeks to go until the highly anticipated light-heavyweight clash between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. The unbeaten duo are set to face off in just a matter of weeks to fight for all but one of the major world titles at 175 lbs – and to settle who is the best pound for pound fighter on the planet. The fascinating – and rare – fight is set to transcend the sports market with heavyweight broadcasters SKY Sports televising the bout here in the UK and HBO PPV picking up Stateside rights.

Ward (30(15)-0) faces his first proper test up at light-heavyweight after a highly successful stint at 168 lbs. The American faces the hard hitting, and similarly unbeaten, Kovalev (30(26)-0-1), but is not concerned with the task ahead and admits he has hardly seen any of the Russian’s fights

“The first full fight that I ever watched of Kovalev’s was his rematch with Jean Pascal earlier this year,” Ward told Boxing Scene. “Other than that, I haven’t seen much of him at all. “I’ve been around long enough and 10 weeks is more than enough time to really, really dissect and look at the small things,” he added.

The Californian, a slight favourite with UK bookmakers,  is no stranger to big Las Vegas fight nights, having prevailed over the likes of Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler and Arthur Abraham in high profile events. He is widely recognised as one of the world premier pugilists, however, many fight fans feel that a fight against unified WBA, WBO and IBF king Kovalev is a step too far.

The fearsome Russian has stopped former world champions in Nathan Cleverly and legend Bernard Hopkins but Ward still feels he holds the aces going into this intriguing fight. “I want to take him places he’s never been before,” Ward told Sky Sports. “I don’t like bullies, I don’t advocate bullying and I’ve never been bullied, and that’s not going to change in this fight. They are going to realise it’s not what they thought it was going to be. He’s going to be taken to places he’s never been before,” he added.

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