Main Events promoter Kathy Duva has made an official move to start the ball rolling for a rematch between star fighter Sergey Kovalev and new light-heavyweight king Andre Ward.
The pair fought out an entertaining battle at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night for the WBO, IBF and WBA titles at 175 pounds, with Ward edging a close 114-113 decision after picking himself up off the canvas.
Duva fully believes Kovalev deserved to be handed the victory by ringside judges in Las Vegas and has exercised an immediate rematch clause in the contract in order to hand the Russian an opportunity to reverse the decision.
At this stage, an appeal over the result hasn’t been ruled out, whilst Ward’s promoters at Roc Nation are yet to address Duva’s advances over a second fight.
“We are still conferring with Sergey’s manager and his attorney about exactly what we intend to do,” Duva exclusively told World Boxing News.
“In the meantime, we have formally notified Roc Nation and Andre Ward’s attorney that we intend to pick up our option to call for an immediate rematch. We have yet to receive a response from them,” she added.
Pitting the two fighters together again seems a no-brainer for all concerned after what was one of the biggest and most talked about events of 2016.
The extra months will give Ward a bit more time to fill out at the weight on the back of being dropped for only the second time in his career, whilst Kovalev is forced to stew on what he sees as a travesty against him in the boxing capital.