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Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev come to terms for rematch

Ward won the first fight with three scores of 114-113.

Sergey Kovalev v Andre Ward Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Hey, it’s actually happening.

Light heavyweight kingpins Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev have reportedly agreed to a June 17th rematch of their 2016 classic. The fight will become official when Ward gives a public go-ahead on social media.

Ward (31-0, 15 KO) and Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO) faced massive expectations in November and lived up to them all, going tooth-and-nail for twelve grueling rounds that saw Ward get off the canvas to take the win on three 114-113s. The two remain fixtures on pound-for-pound lists and, with Roman Gonzalez’s loss and Gennady Golovkin’s struggles with Daniel Jacobs, would have an argument for being #1 with a decisive win here.

Both fighters are clever enough to make adjustments when needed and it will be fascinating to see how their gameplans evolve after 36 minutes of war. We’ll let you know when Ward breaks the news and keep you all posted as the card comes together.

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