Kovalev-Ward preview, prediction
November 18, 2016
The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here!
It will be a battle that, depending on how it goes, could determine who the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world is. Both fighters already have huge legacies and have beaten many great fighters, but this is the biggest fight of both of their careers. This fight will surely define them from here on out, win or lose.
For Ward, one test will be whether or not he will be able to handle Kovalev’s power. Ward has only fought twice at light heavyweight, and certainly hasn’t faced as strong as Kovalev. But Ward has a huge arsenal of punches and maybe the highest boxing IQ of anyone, so if anyone is able to neutralize Kovalev’s power, it’s him.
The other question about Ward is whether he is at the top of his game at this point, and whether he is the same boxer that he won the Super Six tournament in 2011. He had almost a two year layoff between 2013 and 2015, though he has faced two opponents this year. They haven’t been the highest quality opponents, and we will know for sure if Ward is in prime form very soon.
If Kovalev is able to find his range and hit Ward squarely, it could be a short night. But that was something he had a problem with in his fight against Alex Chilemba, where Kovalev won by unanimous decision. Kovalev normally KO’s his opposition (26 of his 30 wins have been by the knockout), but Chilemba was able to box Kovalev pretty well and make it the distance. We’ll see if Ward gives him the same problems
As for a prediction, I am going to have to go with Andre Ward by decision. I just feel like no matter what he is going to be able to find a way to win, as that is what he has done all throughout his career. It sometimes seems as if he’s too smart to lose, but it could be a bit of a slow fight.
The good thing is that this is a 50/50 fight that could go either way! Hopefully we will see some fireworks. It isn’t often that a fight that is this meaningful is made, so enjoy it folks!