Andre Ward & Sergey Kovalev To Fight For The Ring
Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship
Unified light heavyweight champion Andre “S.O.G” Ward (31-0,
15 KOs) and former titleholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev
(30-1-1, 26 KOs) will fight for the vacant RING Magazine
light heavyweight championship title when they meet for a
second time on June 17, THE RING announced today.
Ward and Kovalev are rated Nos. 1 and 2 in THE RING’s
175-pound ratings, which meets the magazine’s criteria for a
championship fight. The title has been vacant since former
champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson was stripped in
November 2015 for lack of top-level opposition.
The fight also has pound-for-pound implications, as Ward and
Kovalev are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on THE RING’s
"It doesn't get much bigger than this. The winner of this
fight certainly will be worthy of being a RING champion,"
said Michael Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of THE RING
Ward defeated Kovalev by a controversial unanimous decision
– 114-113 on all three cards – on Nov. 19, 2016 at T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas, prompting many to call for an immediate
The fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center
in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by