SERGEY KOVALEV WEIGH-IN VIDEO AND PREVIEW
By Victor O. Garcia, Real Combat Media Head Boxing Video Reporter
*Photo Credit: Victor O. Garcia, Real Combat Media
Las Vegas, Nevada (November 18th, 2016) —Two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) the current WBA, WBO, and IBF Light Heavyweight champion, and Andre “SOG” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) will come face to face on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada live on HBO PPV.
Sergey Kovalev is set to face the biggest challenge of his professional boxing career, when he defends his WBA, WBO, and IBF World Light Heavyweight titles, against the former Super Middleweight Champion and highly skilled Andre Ward, in what can potentially be the fight of the year and the determination of the Pound-For-Pound King. Before finalizing the fight against Andre Ward, both camps agreed to fight a tune-up bout prior to facing each other. Sergey faced top contender Isaac Chilemba, in a 12-round title defense, which Kovalev won via unanimous-decision in his hometown of Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Andre Ward faced a more vulnerable challenger, Alexander Brand, in his hometown of Oakland, California. The fight with Brand was a lopsided fight and Ward also won via unanimous-decision. Ward —who is an Olympic Gold Medalist— will finally headline an event in Las Vegas, along with Sergey Kovalev. This match up between these two undefeated champions is no walk in the park for either fighter.
‘He’s a good boxer and obviously he can punch,’ Ward said. ‘He’s stubborn and I’m stubborn. Who’s going to break? That’s what it comes down to. It’s about going out there and doing it and I’ve done it my entire career.’
Ward is one of the most technical and highly-skilled boxers of this generation but, he has only fought three times in the last three years. Kovalev on the other hand has fought eleven times in the last three years and has knocked out eight of those eleven opponents. With 27 KOs in his record, Kovalev is considered one of the most powerful punchers of today.
‘I will try to make it an interesting fight,’ Kovalev said. ‘If Andre Ward wins the fight all boxing fans will lose some interesting fights in the future because his fights are boring. If I win they will see interesting fights again.”
Sergey Kovalev is an aggressive fighter and can definitely bring a fight to Andre Ward, but the question is, will Kovalev be able to break through the great defense of Ward or will Andre Ward use his boxing ability to break Kovalev down? This highly anticipated bout is what boxing needs at this particular moment, to keep the boxing fans alive and encouraged to continue supporting the sport.
Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will defend his NABA junior welterweight title against Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs) in a ten-round bout. The Texas-native Maurice Hooker, last fought in Oakland, California on August 6th of last summer when he defeated Tyrone Barnett, via knockout in the first round. His opponent, Darleys Perez, also came out with a KO victory back in May.
“I want to thank my team at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Roc Nation Sports and HBO for giving me the opportunity to show the world a ‘Mighty Mo’ performance on the undercard of the ‘Fight of the Year’,” said Hooker. “For my part, I promise to put on a show for the fans in Las Vegas and the Pay-Per-View audience at home. No one punches like me. It’s going to be lights out.”
Darleys Perez —a former Olympic fighter— is coming up in weight to face Hooker.
“This is my chance get back into the limelight. I have fought all over the world and facing Maurice Hooker in Las Vegas on November 19 is perhaps my last chance to show that I have a lot left inside the ring and I plan to take full advantage of it because losing is not an option,” said Perez. “I will move up to the 140-pound division and I will be ready to challenge this young lion who has never fought a guy like me before. There will be fireworks in Las Vegas and I plan to go home a winner.”
Light Heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) will face Olekyandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOS) for Gvozdyk’s NABF Light Heavyweight title.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, will make her professional debut against Franchon Crews, in a four-round Middleweight bout.
Middleweight contender Curtis Stevens (28-5, 21 KOS) returns to the ring against James De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight bout.
Las Vegas, Nevada– On Saturday night, live on HBO Pay-Per-View the new pound-for-pound king will be crowned when WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev 30-0-1 (26 KOs) and Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward 30-0 (15 KOs) square off in their much-anticipated showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Below is the scouting report for this highly anticipated fight: