Ahead of his upcoming clash with Andre Ward, WBO, IBF and WBA light-heavyweight title holder Sergey Kovalev discusses the ‘Pound for Pound’ fight that takes place on November 19 in Las Vegas.
Has becoming the best P4P fighter ever crossed your mind? Is that a career goal for you?
“When I was growing up in Russia I did not hear these words pound for pound. Once I learned what this was I knew this was important,” said Kovalev.
“I am honored that people think I am the fighter that could get this title. It’s important for me, for my career. I am champion in my division now, but I want to get all the belts and also I would like to be best pound for pound boxer in the world. I respect Andre Ward, he is
“I respect Andre Ward, he is very good boxer and Olympic gold medal winner, but he is man not alien so I have a chance to beat him.
“My fight against Andre Ward is very interesting for all boxing fans. We both have undefeated record and top rating. I will be prepared 100% to do all I have to do, box, fight, go 12 rounds, what it takes to win I will do.
“There is much intrigue, many people talk of this fight. They say it’s 50/50 who will win. We will see on Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena. I hope all my fans will watch pay-per-view. This is boxing, anything can happen during fight, but I try always to do my best to win. My goal is to get victory over Andre Ward. It’s big step for me in my boxing career and I must be ready.”
My Fight: Kovalev/Ward, HBO Sports special leading up to their pay-per-view light heavyweight title showdown, debuts Saturday, October. 29 on HBO.
Kovalev vs. Ward takes place Saturday, November 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.