Exclusive: Kathy Duva laughs off being ‘escorted’ out of Andre Ward interview
Sergey Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva has explained events surrounding an apparent ejection from a space where Andre Ward was conducting media interviews.
The incident, reported prior to the pay-per-view portion of Canelo Alvarez v Liam Smith, took place at an AT&T Stadium ballroom where Ward had been discussing his November 19 fight with Kovalev with reporters.
Early accounts stated Duva was removed at the wishes of Roc Nation executive Michael Yormark whilst holding back following the conclusion of a similar media session involving Kovalev.
Exclusively giving her own account to WBN, Duva stated she was actually popping back into the room to hand out some fight memorabilia.
“Well, I walked into the back of a big ballroom for a minute to give some signed gloves to one of the publicists and I didn’t notice (Ward giving interviews) at the time. But apparently they stopped talking at the other end of the room and someone told me later that Yormark sent someone to ‘escort’ me out.
“By the time his employee got there, I was leaving anyway. I don’t know who she is and I wasn’t aware that she was there.
“I didn’t find out what had (supposedly) happened until a reporter asked me about it later. I guess I make them nervous? – But they should be a lot more afraid of Sergey than they are of me,” Duva joked to World Boxing News.
Ward and Kovalev were special guests at Canelo v Smith promoting their Las Vegas ‘Pound for Pound’ showdown in two months’ time, a fight that will see the winner not only become light-heavyweight king but also be named the number one fighter on the planet.