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Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward: How To Watch The Championship Boxing Match

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Tonight, we are finally getting a fight that is actually worth paying the money to watch on pay-per-view. Instead of having to pay extra to see a glorified sparring session, we will be seeing one of the best matchups that could be presently made in boxing. The winner of the light heavyweight bout between Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) will have a legitimate claim as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Kovalev is the unified light heavyweight champion, and he will be putting his WBA, IBF, and WBO titles on the line against Ward. Kovalev hails from Kopeysk, Russia, and he’s pretty much as scary as Ivan Drago. He boasts unreal power, and he’s a brawler that’s been known to end fights in a hurry. Some of his most notable victories were over Nathan Cleverly (KO), Bernard Hopkins (UD), and Jean Pascal twice (both KOs). In Kovalev’s most recent fight, he cruised to a unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba this past July.

Ward may be challenging for Kovalev’s titles, but he’s actually a slight favorite in this bout. The San Francisco native is an unbelievably crafty and technically sound fighter, and he hasn’t lost a match since he was a 13-year-old amateur. The 2004 gold medalist spent the overwhelming majority of his career at super middleweight, but after pretty much wiping out the entire division, he’s made the move up to light heavyweight.

Some of the former unified super middleweight champion’s most notable victories were over Chad Dawson (KO), Carl Froch (UD), and Mikkel Kessler (TD). Ward’s most recent fight was an easy unanimous decision over light heavyweight Alexander Brand this past August.

Now that the stage has been set, let’s break down how you can watch Kovalev and Ward duke it out.


Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward Tale Of The Tape

Age: Kovalev (33), Ward (32)
Height: Kovalev (6’0″), Ward (6’0″)
Reach: Kovalev (72 in), Ward (71 in)
Weight: Kovalev (175 lbs), Ward (175 lbs)
Stance: Kovalev (Orthodox), Ward (Orthodox)


Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward Viewing Details

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
TV Channel: HBO PPV
How To Order: DirecTV & Comcast
Odds: Kovalev (+110), Ward (-140)


How To Watch Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward

Unfortunately for boxing fans, this fight is on HBO PPV and not available to live stream. To legally watch the bout, you’ll have to shell out $64.95 to watch the action in HD on television.

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