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Kovalev-Ward: Only a matter of time

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Preliminary discussions to stage a fight between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward have already commenced, and the fight could happen before the end of next year, says Kathy Duva.

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Sergey Kovalev is scheduled to face his mandatory challenger in Nadjib Mohammedi next weekend on HBO, but with most fans seeing the result of that fight as pretty much academic, Kovalev's promoter Kathy Duva is also looking towards his next big fight.

Do you know who else is in desperate need of a big fight? Andre Ward. His last fight of any real note was against Chad Dawson nearly three full years ago. Since then, while going through a protracted litigation to get out of his contract with the late Dan Goossen, Ward was largely inactive, but has recently found his way onto Roc Nation Sports where he's hoping to rejuvenate his career.

Ward took a tune-up bout with Paul Smith after his long hiatus, easily dismantling the man in 9-rounds in a fight that was held at 172lbs. Ward says he used that match to sort of test the waters, wanting to see how he felt fighting above his typical 168lbs - and it looked like he felt pretty damn good. So with a move to the light heavyweight division looking like an assured eventuality, Ward is going to need a marketable dance partner to bring in a fat check - especially since he's not a big draw himself.

Kathy Duva of Main Events says she's already been in contact with Ward's team and there is mutual interest on both sides to make a bout between Kovalev and Ward, and it's more of a matter of when, not if it will take place.

"We have been talking to Andre Ward's people all week," she said. "And I think we all agree the fight is going to happen. It is just a matter of when. The talks have been very amicable. They are deciding who they want to fight next, and we have Sergey's schedule for his next few fights planned. By the end of next year, maybe a little sooner, you're going to get to see that fight."

David Itskowitch who heads Roc Nation Sports' boxing division, confirms their interest and optimism that the bout will happen before too long.

"We had some very preliminary conversations," said Itskowitch. "We're interested in that fight at some point. It's only a matter of when."

With that said, we might as well get a jump start of predicting the fight. How do you see a fight between Kovalev and Ward playing out at light heavyweight?