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Sergey Kovalev defends his WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight titles this Saturday against former super middleweight king Andre Ward in the best fight that can be made in boxing. Live stream the pre-fight weigh-in right here.
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The weigh-in for Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward begins at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. Don’t expect anything dramatic or shocking, as Ward has only recently moved up from super middleweight and should make 175 pounds comfortably; moreover, Sergey Kovalev has never struggled with weight issues. Plus, both men are supremely motivated, and their training camps have surely reflected this.
Here’s a list of the significant fights on Saturday’s Kovalev-Ward card:
Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) vs. Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) — for Kovalev’s WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight titles.
Isaac Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) — for the NABF light heavyweight title.
Maurice Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) vs. Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs) — for the WBO NABO super lightweight title.
Curtis Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) vs. James De la Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs) — for the WBA Continental Americas middleweight title.
Kovalev-Ward, top to bottom, is actually a solid pay-per-view card and, considering the quality of the main event, genuinely worth purchasing. A Curtis Stevens win could put him on a collision course to face former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux in an explosive match-up; also, both Hooker-Perez and Chilemba-Gvozdyk are compelling crossroads fights between legitimate contenders.
Also, don’t forget that the pre-pay-per-view undercard features the professional debut of double Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields. Shields will fight amateur rival and former eight-time national champion and world championship silver (2012) and bronze (2016) medalist Franchon Crews. Shields is viewed as the fighter most likely to raise the profile of women’s boxing, which is disturbingly marginalized, especially when compared to the UFC.
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So, who do you think wins Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward? Can it possibly live up to the hype? And which undercard fight is most appealing? Let us know in the comments section below.