Andre Ward (31-0 15 KO) beat Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1 26 KO) by unanimous decision last November in a very, very close fight. All three judges scored the bout 114-113.
Standing-8 did not score the fight live but had Kovalev by a slight edge; however, after reviewing the tape, had the same score as the judges with Ward winning rounds 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 11.
It was a tale of two fights really, with Kovalev basically winning the first half of the fight to include a knock down in Round 2 and Ward adjusting and winning the second half.
Promoters Roc Nation Sports (Ward) and Main Events (Kovalev) announced the rematch today which will be on June 17th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Both fighters exchanged “pleasantries” on social media after the announcement-
In the words of Mills, “Let’s get it on”
As before the first fight, the call here is Ward. As he did in the first fight after the first several rounds, he’ll adjust in the rematch.
With one of the stronger ring I.Q’s in the game, you give him seven months to review tape and he’ll make it easier the second time around. Just more tools in the tool belt. No slight on the Krusher, he’s the goods too but Ward is and will be the wrong opponent for him due to the styles matchup.