Kovalev vs. Ward: Keys to the Fight

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By Ken Woods: The light heavyweight championship bout between Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is approximately a month away (Nov. 19, HBO pay-per-view) and is one of the most anticipated fights of the year. The keys to the battle are detailed below.

Andre Ward

Smother, smother, smother

Ward is a competent inside fighter and stronger than he appears. We have seen his ability to smother his opponent’s punches and invade their space in the Mikkel Kessler fight and the Carl Froch contest. He will need to do more of that in this match. Kovalev is very adept at keeping the contest on the outside, counter punching and setting traps. So, in order to nullify that strength, Ward will have to get close, restrict his punches and create angles for hooks and uppercuts. Also, stifling him will not allow him to get off with his power, which is his best asset.

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Bernard Hopkins Will Pick Kovalev Apart

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By Ken Woods: The light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) on November 8 is being billed as a highly competitive contest between two of the division’s best. However, the actual contest will be anything but.

Hopkins will absolutely embarrass Kovalev on his way to a unanimous decision victory, making history once again by unifying titles. Kovalev is portrayed as a big bad wolf in the division with dangerous punching power and a seek and destroy mentality. This is mostly hype.

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Forget about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

pac101010By Ken Woods: Various fans and boxing pundits alike are clamoring for a mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Everyone, followers and media members alike, should forget about the fight because it’s not going to happen.

The fan reaction on every article has been flooded with endless debates about who is at fault for the fight not happening, and it’s all useless conjecture.

How are people convinced that Mayweather is solely responsible for the fight not getting made? There are numerous parties involved on both sides that have to agree to fight.

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