Kovalev: I must be ready for anything against Ward

Kovalev v Ward 16/11/2016

Stacey Verbeek

Ahead of his upcoming clash with Andre Ward, WBO, IBF and WBA light-heavyweight title holder Sergey Kovalev discusses the ‘Pound for Pound’ fight taking place on November 19 in Las Vegas.

Your last fight was in your native Russia. What did you learn about training outside the US and fighting Isaac Chilemba, a fighter you said has similarities with Andre Ward?

“I was very excited to be fighting in my home town and very happy because for a long time I didn’t fight there,” said Kovalev.

“The most important thing for me was that I fought there as a world champion and I defended my titles. There was little bit more pressure when I fought there because I had more responsibility, I had my family, my friends and everybody who knows me in Russia to take care of. I did not want to let everyone down, but I think I gave good fight and all fans enjoy it. Also, Chilemba is

“Also, Chilemba is tough fighter, very good defense, so he is not a fighter that you can think will be easy. The fight against Chilemba was like a test for my fight with Andre Ward. We never know what Andre Ward will bring against me on November 19, he is good defense and is fast so I must be ready for anything.

“We are preparing for best possible Andre Ward in camp, so all I can do is train hard and prepare with my coach and my team. I am going in the ring with strong belief that I will get victory.”

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.