Ward-Kovalev now official for November 19
- Updated: August 7, 2016
Following Andre Ward’s dominant decision win over Alexander Brand on Saturday night, it was confirmed that Ward will now face Sergey Kovalev on November 19 on HBO PPV.
“I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world. I got past this step. He [Kovalev] got past his step. We will see you in November,” said Ward after the fight.
“I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn’t have any soft touches. He wasn’t protected. He wasn’t really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1.”
Kovalev, who recently got past his own tune-up fight against Isaac Chilemba, was at ringside and joined Ward in the ring for the announcement.
“I think he is ready. I am ready too. The fight against Chilemba was similar to how it is going to be against Andre Ward. He is a really great champion and he proved this today. I just want to say, let’s do it November 19 on HBO.”
Ticket information and a venue has not yet been announced.