Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev Both Weigh 175 Pounds for Rematch

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Unlike their press conference Thursday, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev came face-to-face after their weigh-in Friday afternoon.

They talked trash, but otherwise it was business as usual. Ward and Kovalev both made weight for their light heavyweight championship rematch Saturday night at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Ward (31-0, 15 KOs), a 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Hayward, California, weighed in at 175 pounds, the light heavyweight limit. Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs), of Kopeysk, Russia, also came in at 175 pounds.

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Kovalev and Ward weighed in at exactly 175 pounds apiece for their first fight, too.

Ward will defend the IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight titles he won from Kovalev on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena. The 33-year-old Ward won that 12-round bout by unanimous decision after surviving a second-round knockdown.

Each of the three judges – Nevada’s Burt Clements, New York’s John McKaie and Nevada’s Glenn Trowbridge – scored the fight the same exact way for Ward, 114-113, but the decision was widely considered controversial. The 34-year-old Kovalev exercised an immediate rematch clause in their contracts.

Ward contemplated retirement, but ultimately decided to attempt to produce a more convincing victory over Kovalev in their rematch. The former undisputed super middleweight champion is a slight favorite over Kovalev a day before their second fight (-155/+125).

HBO Pay-Per-View will televise Ward-Kovalev 2 as the main event of a four-fight telecast set to start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. It’ll cost $54.99 in SD and $64.99 in HD.

Here are the weights for two of the three additional televised fights Saturday night:

Super bantamweights, 12 rounds: Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, 121½ pounds, vs. Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KOs, 1 NC), Guadalajera, Mexico, 122 pounds; for Rigondeaux’s WBA and Flores’ IBO super bantamweight titles.

Light heavyweights, 10 rounds: Dmitry Bivol (10-0, 8 KOs), of Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan, 174½ pounds, vs. Cedric Agnew (29-2, 15 KOs), Houston, 175 pounds.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sweet_Science2 on 06-18-2017

[QUOTE=Beercules;17766636][B]Kov has this 'killer' vibe going for me right now. [/B] Its like Sgt. Barnes in Platoon. I cant embed can you post the video I'm talking about?[/QUOTE] NAW pussie. He has this I'm about to get stopped and my…

Comment by Sweet_Science2 on 06-18-2017

[QUOTE=mathed;17766632]coWARD thinks he is getting in Kovalev's head but you can tell the moment they announced that travesty of a decision after the first bout that he [Kov] [B]was dead set on taking the judges out of the equation this…

Comment by Sweet_Science2 on 06-18-2017

[QUOTE=Vlad_;17766673]As soon as I read rounds 1,2,3 it wa obvious you were not looking at it in a neutral manner, so no point in me trying to convince you.[/QUOTE] STOPPED HIS BYTCH ASS!!!!!!!!!! AND STILL [email protected] Kiss the fuucking ring…

Comment by Sweet_Science2 on 06-17-2017

[QUOTE=MantisToboggan;17766397]Same goes for you. Its DONE.[/QUOTE] GIVE ME YOUR FUUCKING ACCOUNT! YOUR BANNED !!!!!!! Don't ever bet against me. Kiss the fuucking ring on your way out.

Comment by just the facts on 06-17-2017

[QUOTE=bigdramashow;17767560]thought ward looked a bit nervous and on edge.[/QUOTE] But mostly he looked black and that's why you spread false rumors about him.

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