Despite a couple of speed bumps along the way, things appear to be looking good for a Nov. 19 title fight between light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. It's genuinely a toss-up kind of fight, with neither fighter a decisive favorite heading into the bout. The perception of the fight has been pretty fluid as well, with Kovalev being slightly favored in some circles until a less-than-stellar performance against Isaac Chilemba last month caused some to reevaluate their position.
When Kovalev's trainer John David Jackson was asked by On The Ropes Boxing Radio about his thoughts on folks now favoring Ward to win after Kovalev's last showing, Jackson replied:
"They are entitled to their opinion. Don't read too much into it because on the flip side of that, Andre should have knocked out Brand, he should have stopped him and the fact that he didn't stop him alludes to what I've always said, Ward is not a power puncher. He's a good boxer but a puncher he's not and that's going to be his biggest drawback.
"The fact that his chin has been tested and he's been dropped. This fight is going to be a test of will, can he withstand Sergey's power for twelve hard rounds? Can he be evasive for twelve rounds to nullify the power of Sergey Kovalev? That's going to be a hard road to take. Can he do it, we'll see."
As the showdown inches forward, the intrigue surrounding the fight appears to be building.
Has you opinion changed on the fight and who you expect to win? Do you strongly favor one guy over the other? Will the winner become the clear pound-for-pound king in boxing? Sound off in the comments below.