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Roach: Nobody Beats Kovalev at 175 - Including Andre Ward!

By Edward Chaykovsky

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is tipping IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0, 26KOs) to walk away with a big win on November 19th, when he defends his titles against Olympic gold medal winner Andre Ward (30-0, 15KOs).

Kovalev vs. Ward will happen at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with HBO Pay-Per-View carrying the fight.

Not only does Roach regard Kovalev as the favorite in the fight - he believes the Russian fighter is currently unbeatable at 175-pounds.

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"I like Kovalev. I think he's the best light heavyweight in the world. I don't think there is anyone out there that can beat him right now [at 175-pounds] - including Andre Ward," Roach told press members.

But, Roach sort of contradicts that statement when he leaves the door open for Ward to get the win. The veteran trainer says Kovalev MUST knock Ward out to win. He acknowledges that Ward is the superior boxer and likely to win a decision if it goes the full distance.

"I think that Kovalev has to stop him to win the fight or else he will get outboxed, because Ward is a great  boxer. He will need to catch him. Can he do that? Maybe, maybe not. But we know that he's a great puncher and it will be an interesting fight. Its a very interesting fight that can go a lot of different ways. A puncher and a boxer, but the puncher has proven that he can box a little bit when he fought Hopkins," Roach said.

Roach regards middleweight king Gennady Golovkin as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. If Ward pulls off the win in November, Roach feels he did more than enough to replace Golovkin as the pound-for-pound best.

"If he wins that fight I will give him the top notch," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by puroylan on 10-07-2016

I hope you are wrong my friend. I agree with Manny's fight being competetive. Vargas is a live and very hungry dog. It will be a slugfest.

Comment by Metho_4u on 10-02-2016

[QUOTE=J Dubber;17092483]As an American, I think you're brainwashed to only pick your favorite boxers by what country they are from![/QUOTE] Are you kidding? People from here never pick the guy from their own country....it's very rare would be better to…

Comment by Metho_4u on 10-02-2016

I think the best thing for the sport is that again at least the fight is happening, which should set an dxampld for many other fighters today.

Comment by firstborn on 10-02-2016

[QUOTE]If Ward didn't take 2 tune up fights in light heavy then it will be easy work for Kovalev. [B]Now Ward has acclimated to the new weight.[/B] It will be a 50/50 fight. Best fight of the year 2016.[/QUOTE] Many…

Comment by Elroy The Great on 10-02-2016

[QUOTE=J Dubber;17092476]Hes saying Kov will KO Ward... not sure how anyone else misinterpreted that...[/QUOTE] he said above all else, no one beats kov @ 175. [B][U]not even sog[/U][/B]. he then immediately flip flops and goes into ''im really just guessing…

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