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Kovalev vs. Ward: Everything You Must Know About the Monumental Fight

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Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre “SOG” Ward (30-0-0, 15 KOs) are finally set to clash this weekend.

The pound-for-pound matchup 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 and Zappos.

Read below to find out everything you need to know about Kovalev-Ward including the date, time, viewing platforms, betting odds and more!

Let us know who you think will win between Kovalev and Ward and if the winner should be crowned the new pound-for-pound king of boxing!


When Is the Fight?

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Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward is set to take place this Saturday, November 19, 2016. The fight begins at 9:00 pm, EST / 6:00 pm, PST.

Who Is the Champion?

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The 12-round mega-fight between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward will be contested for Kovalev’s WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight titles.

How Can I Watch Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward?

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Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward and its three undercard fights will be shown live on HBO Pay-Per-View in the United States.

The telecast will begin at 9:00 pm, EST / 6:00 pm, PST.

In the UK, Kovalev vs. Ward can be seen live on Sky Sports.

Who Else Is Fighting On the Card?

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The Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward undercard will feature Isaac Chilemba vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Maurice Hooker vs. Darleys Perez and Curtis Stevens vs. James De la Rosa.

HBO passed on the opportunity to broadcast Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas in favor of Kovalev vs. Ward so it’ll be interesting to see the fan reaction to this undercard.

On the non-televised portion of the card, two-time Olympic gold medal winner, Claressa Shields will make her pro debut against Franchon Crews.

How to Follow Round By Round Boxing’s Fight-Night Coverage

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Get all of your Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward updates and results by clicking here.

Where Is the Fight?

The Light Heavyweight class between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward will be take place at the at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets are available on AXS.com and the T-Mobile Arena box office.

What Are the Fighters Saying?

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Sergey Kovalev:

My tough life and how I grew up has helped me mentally. It has given me what I have right now. I got it all from Russia. America gave me the opportunity to show this. It’s two great countries for me. I love both of these countries. I have two houses, one in Russia, one in America.I will try to make a very interesting fight and kick his ass. He’s in my way now. I must clear the way to my dreams. I want to fight more and more fights. If Andre Ward will win this fight, the whole boxing world will lose. They won’t see interesting fights in the future. He’s a very boring fighter to boxing fans. If I win, I will show great fights again. If Ward wins, boxing fans will get boring fights in the future.”

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Andre Ward:

I am not putting too much stock in anything that he does well or does not do well. He is going to be the best version of himself Saturday night and I am just prepared for war. Whatever it is going to take to leave with those three titles and become a five-time world champion, is what I am willing to do. I would not say [it will be] a street fight. I don’t know how much of a street fight he is really going to want when the fight really starts. Just like the mistake that a lot of my opponents have made, he has this type of fighter that he thinks he is going to be fighting, and it is going to be different than what he thinks. He is a big bully and he talks a good game.”

Who Is the Betting Favorite?

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Sergey Kovalev’s Last Five Fights

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 Jermall CharloJulian Williams
Record24-0, 18 KOs22-0-1, 14 KOs
Age2626
Height6'0"5'11"
Reach73½"72½"
Weight154154
StanceOrthodoxOrthodox
HometownHouston, TexasPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Rounds Boxed106123

Andre Ward’s Last Five Fights

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Tale of the Tape

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Where Can I Read An In-Depth Breakdown?

Check out Merissa Dyer’s complete preview and prediction for Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward by Clicking here.

Round By Round Boxing Staff Predictions

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Click here to read Round By Round Boxing’s staff predictions for Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas.

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Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC. Alex can be reached at Alex@RoundByRoundBoxing.com.

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