Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev: Winner takes all
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
November 19, 2016
Brooklyn, N.Y. – It’s very rare in boxing that we’re given a fight with so much on the line. The magnitude of the Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev fight has reached, with fight fans flying in from all over the world to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to witness tonight’s great fight. On paper the fight appears to be an even split: both men are undefeated and both men are champions, with Kovalev being the current WBA super, IBF, and WBO light heavyweight champion.
Kovalev (30-0, 26 KOs) has been a dominate force throughout his career. With undeniable power he is a marksman, landing precise and accurate shots on his opponents. What Kovalev does is simple: he takes his time and paints his picture. He’s an artist and his final piece of work most often comes out as a knockout win. With dominating performance over former WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal (2x) “The Krusher” has a knockout percentage rate of 84%.
Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is also an artist. The “Son of God” hasn’t lost a fight since his childhood. That’s a career that expands through the amateurs, Olympics, and professional ranks. He is an Olympic gold medalist and has been ranked at the top of the pound-4-pound list for several years. His accomplishment with defeating all opponents within the Super-Six tournament put his status as one of the elite boxers of our generation. With superb performances against former world champions Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, and a TKO win over former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson he has been preparing his entire career for a fight of this magnitude.
There’s no denying the great boxing skill and ability that both these fighters possess. With only a few months separating the fighters in age, the battle of #1 in world (Kovalev) against #1 in the United States (Ward) will drastically change the division and boxing world. Both men have made weight for this fight and appear to be even in height and reach. Some have predicted the fight to end in knockout fashion while others have predicted the fight to go the distance. With a rematch clause in place the hope for this boxing fanatic is that both men put together a spectacular performance.
Also being featured on this card is Claressa Shields, the 2x Olympic gold medalist who making her professional debut. Shields dominated the amateur boxing scene where she held a record of 77-1. She is ready to dominate the professional ranks. The Flint, Michigan native is considered one of the best female boxers in the world. Shields’ is on the cusp of taking women’s boxing to the highest of heights. She’ll be taking on an opponent that she’s familiar with in Franchon Crews, a fighter that she’s faced several times while fighting in the amateurs. For Crews she’ll also be making her professional debut. The bout is scheduled for 4 rounds.
The marketing machine behind the Kovalev/Ward fight has had a steady push. Along with Berk Communications, Roc Nation Sports and Main Events (respective promoters of this event) have truly done a phenomenal job with having the public informed of what’s taking place with both camps. The marketing and push behind this fight has been amazing. With mutual respect between the camps we can only expect a great fight between these two combatants.