Opinion | Aug 29 2016

Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward will crown ‘a new pound for pound king’

The stage is set for Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward, the fight that will determine pound for pound supremacy
Sergey Kovalev
Stacey Verbeek

The November 19th super-fight between WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is, arguably, the most anticipated since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Paquiao clashed in May of last year.

The bout, currently billed as “Pound for Pound,” will undoubtedly determine who will sit atop the renowned list of the world’s best fighters as the sun sets on 2016.

“I am excited, man,” said Ward. “I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world… We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn’t have any soft touches. He wasn’t protected. He wasn’t really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1.”