By Ryan Burton
One of the most interested observers of Saturday night's pay-per-view clash between Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1) and Andre Ward (30-0) is WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson.
Kovalev holds the WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight titles and the on and off negotiations between his team and Stevenson's over the past few years have been well chronicled. Stevenson acknowledges that Kovalev-Ward is a great fight and will definitely be tuning in.
"It's a 50-50 fight and I will definitely be watching at home," Stevenson told BoxingScene.com.
The Montreal resident is scheduled to return to the ring in the first quarter of 2017 against his mandatory challenger Eleider Alvarez but is very interested in facing the Kovalev-Ward winner.
The winner of Saturday's fight will be regarded as the top pound-for-pound fighter by many but Stevenson would like to remind everyone that the winner has to face him to be the lineal champion at 175 pounds.
"The winner has to fight the lineal and WBC champion. I'm the king and I am the lineal champion. It's like that. I am the king and if you can beat the king then you are the king," Stevenson remarked.
Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound For Pound", a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and is sponsored by the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Corona Extra, Monster Products, JetLux, Zappos, Jordan Brand and Shoe Palace. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets are available on axs.com and the T-Mobile Arena box office.
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