In November of last year, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev met in a fight billed as not only a light-heavyweight title fight, but also a contest for the coveted #1 pound-for-pound spot.
The result was not so simple: Ward defeated Kovalev by unanimous decision but the judges’ ruling was disputed by many who believed Kovalev had deserved the nod.
If their first fight was about pound-for-pound bragging rights, Ward and Kovalev’s upcoming rematch is about resolution. Ward, who remains undefeated, has the opportunity to prove that his win over Kovalev was no judges’ mistake and that he is the superior fighter. Kovalev, feeling the sting from his first professional loss, is eager to prove that his claims of being robbed in the first fight are not unfounded.
The rematch between Ward and Kovalev will be instrumental in determining the legacies of both fighters. To understand what is at stake for Ward and Kovalev heading into the June 17 fight, watch the full preview show courtesy of HBO below: