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Ward inks deal with HBO, will fight on Cotto-Canelo card

According to FightHype sources, Andre Ward has finalized his three-fight deal with HBO which will feature him on the upcoming Cotto-Canelo card and line him up for a showdown with Sergey Kovalev.

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It's looking like Andre Ward has signed off on the three-fight HBO contract that would put him in line to challenge Sergey Kovalev sometime in 2016. I covered much of the details behind this HBO deal just a couple of weeks ago, but basically Ward signing this contract will get him featured on the megafight between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, then another light heavyweight fight in early-ish 2016, with him finally taking on Sergey Kovalev in what will probably be next Fall.

Although Ward does not yet have an opponent named for the Cotto-Canelo card, the leading candidate is said to be Rohan Murdock (18-1, 14 KOs) - someone Ward should have little difficulty with. Ward's deal with HBO all but solidifies his move into the light heavyweight division, one he's just dabbled in when he took a catchweight fight at a contracted 172lbs against Paul Smith this past June.

Obviously this move also steers Andre Ward and Gennady Golovkin in different directions. So despite their back-and-forth in the media, it doesn't appear the two will be meeting each other in the near future.

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