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Andre Ward: I Don't See Any Weaknesses in Kovalev Right Now

By Edward Chaykovsky

If everything falls into place, one of the biggest fights of the year will take place in the fall - with Andre Ward (29-0, 15KOs) challenging IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1, 26KOs).

Ward, who dominated the competition at super middleweight, made his debut at 175-pounds last month with a twelve round decision win over previously undefeated Sullivan Barrera.

Kovalev was in action back in January, when he battered former WBC king Jean Pascal for a TKO win.

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Both Ward and Kovalev are going to have interim-fights, likely in the summer, before facing each other at the end of the year.

"I don’t have a specific date or month, but I think summer is the perfect time to come back. I got a small cut [in the Barrera fight] and you get a suspension for any type of cut, I got a sixty day suspension and I have to respect the California commission’s decision to do that. I got my stitches out yesterday and I just have to let the cut heal. I think some time near July will be perfect," Ward told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

Ward views Kovalev as the man to beat at 175-pounds.

"Absolutely, he’s done everything he needs to do, he’s the man to beat. He’s undefeated, he’s done everything that he’s supposed to do as a champion. He’s gone on the road, he’s fought the best in the division, he’s fought other champions and other top contenders," Ward said.

"I think he’s a well rounded fighter, I don’t see any weaknesses right now. I’ve seen him up close and personal, I’ve seen him on film and I think he’s complete."

"You got two undefeated fighters, two guys who know how to win, two champions, it’s going to be a great fight. It’s something you can’t miss that. I can’t tell you how it’s going to go round by round but it’s going to be a great fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-06-2016

[QUOTE=Weebler I;16586175]Kovalev is very good at cutting off the ring, there won't be a lot of getting away from him. Against Barrera who has slow feet, Ward was able to dictate the pace. He has the reach advantage, and obviously…

Comment by therealpugilist on 04-06-2016

[QUOTE=From Russia;16586848]Pascal's akwardness is also his strengh, from time to time he was landing same hooks on Bhop too. For example Maidana's akwardness helped him against Floyd and Broner.[/QUOTE] imo it wasnt as much awkwardness as it was bad technique....he…

Comment by From Russia on 04-06-2016

[QUOTE=therealpugilist;16586772]kov is an exceptional fighter...all fighters have flaws...he doesnt get under shots...[B]Pascal was landing some wide hooks and over hands[/B]..a slip or dip would have helped. Kov leans back from shots, parries and blocks...against a top notch counter puncher, your…

Comment by therealpugilist on 04-06-2016

[QUOTE=From Russia;16584875]No head movement, robotic, easy to hit... **** they say about very non-american fighter[/QUOTE] kov is an exceptional fighter...all fighters have flaws...he doesnt get under shots...Pascal was landing some wide hooks and over hands..a slip or dip would have…

Comment by therealpugilist on 04-06-2016

[QUOTE=Weebler I;16586175]Kovalev is very good at cutting off the ring, there won't be a lot of getting away from him. Against Barrera who has slow feet, Ward was able to dictate the pace. He has the reach advantage, and obviously…

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