When Andre Ward defeated Sergey Kovalev back in November, the judges’ scorecards were pretty much the only thing that was unanimous.
While the 33-year-old American was awarded the 113-112, 113-112, 113-112 victory, many disputed the final decision. Kovalev scored a knockdown in a dominant second round, he landed 10 more punches, and in a poll of 63 media members, he was ahead on 73 percent of scorecards.
Either way, it wasn’t enough to truly decide the best of the light heavyweight division, so they’ll go at it again on Saturday night.
“I think the first fight was a great fight. I think there was a lot of drama in the first fight, more drama than I wanted,” said Ward. “I think it was a tremendous fight and I believe, round two is going to be a tremendous fight.”
Not only are Ward’s WBO, IBF and WBA world titles on the line, but if the winner leaves no doubt, he’ll have a good case for the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport. The winner of September’s anticipated battle between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will have something to say about that, but there’s ultimately no question this is a battle between two of the best in the world.
Throw in a card that also includes stars such as Guillermo Rigondeaux and Dmitry Bivol, and you have the makings for an epic night in Las Vegas.
Here’s everything you need to know about the action from the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino:
Kovalev vs. Ward 2
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Start Time, United States: The main card starts at 9 p.m. ET. Ward vs. Kovalev is fourth on the card
Start Time, UK: The main card starts at 2 a.m. early Sunday morning. Ward vs. Kovalev is fourth on the card
Viewing Info, United States: HBO PPV ($54.99)
Viewing Info, UK: Sky Sports 1
Light Heavyweight: Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev
Super Bantamweight: Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores
Middleweight: Luis Arias vs. Arif Magomedov
Light Heavyweight: Dmitry Bivol vs. Cedric Agnew
Featherweight: Tramaine Williams vs. Christopher Martin
Middleweight: Fabiano Pena vs. Vaughn Alexander
Super Middleweight: Junior Younan vs. Zoltan Sera
Welterweight: Enriko Gogokhia vs. Jonathan Steele
Middleweight: Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Alex Sandro Duarte
Super Lightweight: John Bauza vs. Tyrome Jones