Kovalev v Ward: HBO’s Peter Nelson proud to be part of ‘legacy fight’

Kovalev v Ward 19/09/2016
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Executive Vice President of HBO Sports, Peter Nelson has praised the combatants of the forthcoming November 19 clash between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev as the pair battle for the light-heavyweight crown.

Despite the odds against slightly in Andre Ward’s favour, the champion Kovalev is still expected to have the chance to put Ward on his back. 

Russian puncher Kovalev puts his clutch of 175 pound belts on the line against All-American Ward at the T-Mobile Arena in what many see as the fight to determine the new pound for pound king of the sport.

Nelson, who has been instrumental in overseeing pay-per-view aspect of the TV details, believes fans won’t be disappointed in the fall when the fork out their hard-earned cash for a career-defining encounter.

“I’m happy to report that this fight has consistently captivated everyone’s imagination,” said Nelson.

“Anyone who says today that they know what is going to happen on November 19 is the definition of a liar. We know that there is no telling what can happen. But that is what defines great fights.


“It’s about fighters like Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev who have decided to be in the business of putting unified titles on the line and of putting pound-for-pound records on the line, about putting undefeated status on the line, about putting money, status, power on the line, about daring to be great, about putting legacy on the line, and the rest of the business end takes care of itself. That’s what great fighters do.

“That’s why we are all so proud to be part of this event. We are all so proud that we are associated with an event where two great fighters will come together for this on HBO Pay-Per-View,” he added.

Kovalev and Ward are undefeated, both have massive credentials as past / present champions, but more importantly, have the fans respect for their ability – which makes the bout all the more intriguing. 

A cat and mouse chess match is expected when the first bell goes in two months’ time as Ward and Kovalev line-up against each other in a classic boxer versus puncher match up.