Hopkins: Over 50% Chance Ward vs. Kovalev is a Trilogy

By Ryan Burton

Newly crowned WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) recently announced that his rematch against Sergey Kovalev (30-1, 26 KOs) is indeed on and will take place on June 17th at the Mandalay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Recently retired former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, who lost an unanimous decision to Kovalev in 2014, thinks that the rematch willl be another close fight.

In the first bout, Ward got off the floor in the second round to win via scores of 114-113 on all three judges scorecards.


"I am going to go on record right now and say that this fight will happen like Joe Frazier and (Muhammad) Ali. Not necessarily the outcome but they will fight three times.  I look at this fight where it will be so close that Sergey might get a decision or Andre gets a decision and then there won't be a need for a third fight but I see a fight that will go down to the wire to the point where it will be split and they will fight again and it will be for all the marbles. I see a fight happening like that," Hopkins told

Some insiders feel that Ward figured Kovalev out in the second half of the encounter and they believe that he will have an easier time in the second outing. Hopkins doesn't subscribe to that theory and doesn't believe there is a such thing as an easy fight against the hard hitting Russian.

"Will it be easier in the second fight? I don't think it's going to be easier. I don't think any fight with Sergey will be an easy fight based on his size and his punch and he will always have that (potential) one punch knockout that can get you in trouble. Ward knows that and he knows he has to avoid that right hand. If he takes the right hand away from Sergey then he has a good chance of making the fight not as hard or as difficult as the first one but I see this fight  easily, easily - I won't be surprised if it won't go that way but I won't be surprised - over 50% (probability), that this fight happens three times," Hopkins and explained.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by argentinabox22 on 04-09-2017

[QUOTE=T.M.T;17575606]he will lose again. He's not good enough to beat Ward.after the knock down Ward to him to school with the jab,movement and body work. Kovalev is one dimensional with power and is who he is. Ward by decision or…

Comment by T.M.T on 04-08-2017

[QUOTE=argentinabox22;17574579]I hope Kovalev wins again, real killer. he's doing some mike tyson trash talking style "hey ward, i will **** you till you love me ******!"[/QUOTE] he will lose again. He's not good enough to beat Ward.after the knock down…

Comment by hitking on 04-08-2017

[QUOTE=Lemonhead_Jeff;17574603]You scored the fight for either guy??? SMH You don't see a problem with that statement? You can say a fight was close, but how can you score it for "either guy"? Are you scoring it twice? I guess you'll…

Comment by hitking on 04-08-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx23;17574917]I thought kov won the 1st time I watched live but I just knew they were gonna give it to ward on the scorecards. Watching it again just recently my opinion hasn't changed. Kov was out boxing him early, dropped…

Comment by hitking on 04-08-2017

[QUOTE=daggum;17574564]i hear this nonsense narrative but when i watch the fight its ward initiating all the clinches so what are you seeing? ward would wrap his arm aroudn kov first and sometimes kov would respond by clinching him up so…

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