Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward will have historic significanceWritten by Leroy Cleveland
One of the biggest fights in light heavyweight history will take place November 19 as two unbeaten, top pound-for-pound boxers will meet in a true superfight.
Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion will face Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs), a two-time world super middleweight champion who is now a legitimate light heavyweight.
Why is Ward vs Kovalev so huge?
In boxing, how often do we see two unbeaten, top 5 pound-for-pound champions who are believed to be in their primes get the opportunity to face one another?
That's what we're getting with Ward vs Kovalev.
Moreover, to add more intrigue, oddsmakers and experts are 50-50 on the fight, and the fighters themselves are polar opposites in their fighting styles and personas, in and out of the ring.
Kovalev vs Ward has all of the elements for an exciting affair and, regardless of the outcome, will be a light heavyweight fight for the ages.
Light heavyweight division
Not one of boxing's glamour divisions, the light heavyweight (175lb) weight class has seen some of the sport's all-time greats: Bernard Hopkins Tommy Loughran, Billy Conn, Joey Maxim, Jose Torres, Archie Moore, Michael Moorer, Bob Foster, Michael Spinks, Dariusz Michalczewski, Roy Jones, Jr., Joe Calzaghe, Thomas Hearns, Virgil Hill, Sugar Ray Leonard and Zsolt Erdei.
Although the division has seen its fair share of legends, true 175 lb superfights have been scarce.
Sure, the division has given fans the likes of Spinks vs Qawi, Jones vs Tarver 1-3 and Moore vs Dirrell. But often at times, a light heavyweight title has been won by a 'blown-up' fighter who made a name for himself as a welterweight or middleweight and was looking to add yet another title to his collection....
Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Joe Calzaghe, for instance, collected titles at light heavyweight but created their legacies in other divisions.
Also, some big fights simply didn't happen. For instance, we never saw Roy Jones vs Dariusz Michalczewski or Virgil Hill vs Michael Moorer.
And champions such as Bob Foster often reigned without peer during their respective primes while Antonio Tarver, Iran Barkley and Chad Dawson were good but not dominant or great.
There have been some quality light heavyweight match-ups since the division's inception, but few have had the potential to capture the imagination of the public like Ward vs Kovalev.
This fight is one of the best match-ups over the last ten years and the biggest, most significant fight of 2016, and will certainly make its mark in the annals of light heavyweight history.
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