Ward-Kovalev 2: "The Rematch" will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas fight ended with Kovalev was in the corner and Ward landing shots to the body.
The eighth-round knockout cemented Ward as one of boxing's pound-for-pound best and defended his WBO, IBF and WBA belts.
Kovalev not only thinks he won the first fight because of the second-round knockdown and winning the first five or six rounds, but he also has an excuse for his late fade that fight.
Coverage of the fight in the United Kingdom will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 as part of their "Fight Night International: Ward v Kovalev" programme. "I don't want to say my opinion, witnesses are here".
From 5K to $1 Million plus in 3 yearsIn Fall 2014, Kovalev, during an open workout prior to his 500K pay day to face fight legend Bernard Hopkins, said he earned just $5,000 for beating Darnell Boone two years prior.
Kovalev added he wants an "immediate" rematch because he felt he got hit with a series of low blows in the eighth. Ward, on the other hand, was seen more as the tactician. "I didn't feel like I was getting knocked down by the power of his punches". And ahead of the rematch, the former light-heavyweight ruler is not only predicting a victory, but also stunningly vowing to finish Ward's boxing career. Kovalev tried to tie the American up, but Ward was relentless, slamming punches to the head and body. This time I will not be empty - Ward will be fighting Krusher. "I got my first purse money for my 19th fight, my rematch with Darnell Boone".
When he cant get you out of there he fades, Ward said. Losing to Ward would've been agonising for Kovalev, defeat wasn't a feeling he ever had much time for, but to lose by a single point - we can only imagine the sleepless nights he's endured since. The contested meme, which has since been deleted, shows Ward saying both the f- and n-word in a parodied, fake conversation between the two boxers.
Kovalev said:"I'm a guest here in the United States of America and he's a local, and all the judges are from the USA". Could be Ward's craftiness played a role, as well as all the holding, about which Kovalev's promoter Kathy Duva afterward said, "The ref (Robert Byrd) wasn't doing his job".
For the first seven rounds, it looked as if little had changed in the eight months since Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev last met for the unified light heavyweight title.
On the undercard, two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux defeated Moises Flores with a controversial fight-ending punch at the close of the first round to retain his WBA junior featherweight title. Cruiserweight, heavyweight, that's always been a dream of mine. Who he fights next?