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Ward, Kovalev evenly matched

16 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 17/06/17 12:11am

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev pose during their official weigh-in on Friday

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev pose during their official weigh-in on Friday

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev have weighed in ahead of this weekend’s rematch in Las Vegas.

Both fighters tipped the scales at 12st 5lbs, two pounds within the 175lb light-heavyweight limit.

The pair will resume their rivalry in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on .

Ward climbed off the canvas to record a narrow points win when they met in the ring for the first time in November.

The American won by a single point on all three scorecards to hand his Russian rival his first defeat in 32 fights to add the WBA ‘super’ and IBF titles to his own WBO crown.

Tale of the Tape - Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev

Tale of the Tape - Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev

Tale of the Tape – Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev

“I am looking forward to making a statement in this fight, and removing any doubt that may be out there,” Ward said earlier this week.

“Some of you think I lost the fight, but you’ve got to look at the other side of that coin. There a lot of people who are convinced I won it.”

Highlights of the first exciting light-heavyweight clash between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward

Ward has won all 31 fights since winning gold at the 2004 Olympics and has not lost in the ring since he was a 12-year-old amateur.

Kovalev, however, is convinced he will get revenge.

“I know I will get my belts back,” Kovalev said. “I was empty in the first fight. For him, it was like fighting a heavy bag.”

Watch Ward v Kovalev II live on from 2am on Sunday.


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