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Kovalev Will Exercise Immediate Rematch Clause

By Rick Reeno

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas - Kathy Duva, promoter for Kovalev (30-1-1, 26KOs) , advised BoxingScene.com that she will exercise their contractual option for an immediate rematch with Andre Ward (31-0, 15KOs).

Kovalev suffered the first defeat of his career on Saturday night, when he lost a razor close twelve round unanimous decision to capture the IBF, WBA, WBO light heavyweight titles. All three judges scored it 114-113 for Ward.

"Absolutely," said Duva when BoxingScene.com asked her about exercising an immediate rematch clause. "We want to get him back in the ring as soon as possible to right this wrong."

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Duva indicates that Ward does NOT have the ability to take an interim fight once the rematch clause is exercised.

She plans to advise Roc Nation Sport by Monday of Kovalev's intention to rematch Ward.

When and where it will happen is unknown at the moment. There is a contractual stipulation that it can't be held in California or Russia - so neutral territory will be needed.

Duva further said - "the only way it won't be immediate is if we both agree that it won't be, and since we don't plan to do that - it will be immediate."

HBO Sports will present the replay of the on Saturday, November 26. Other HBO play dates: Nov. 27 (9:15 a.m.) and 28 (12:50 p.m.). HBO2 play dates: Nov. 29 (1:00 a.m.). HBO Signature: Nov. 27 (5:30 p.m.).

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-21-2016

[QUOTE=Dean_Razorback;17220356]do you have reading comprehension problems? kovalev is by far a superior boxer [B]TO MAIDANA[/B]. why would i clarify that i love chino then? lol[/QUOTE] aah sorry, I see what you mean..... true

Comment by j0zef on 11-21-2016

Rematch in April? Let's get it done!

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 11-21-2016

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17220264]than Ward? then how come Kovalev did not clearly beat a guy whom he held every physical advantage over?[/QUOTE] do you have reading comprehension problems? kovalev is by far a superior boxer [B]TO MAIDANA[/B]. why would i clarify that i…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-21-2016

[QUOTE=Dean_Razorback;17216673]ward is no floyd and kovalev is no maidana, and i love chino, but [B]kovalev is by far a superior boxer[/B] in terms of skills[/QUOTE] than Ward? then how come Kovalev did not clearly beat a guy whom he held…

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 11-20-2016

[QUOTE=JaguaresMx;17212426]Calm down. Ward is no Floyd.[/QUOTE] ward is no floyd and kovalev is no maidana, and i love chino, but kovalev is by far a superior boxer in terms of skills

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