Ward to face Kovalev rematch

Sergey Kovalev will receive his rematch against world champion Andre Ward after confirming he’s put pen to paper on a fight deal.

Kovalev suffered a controversial first defeat of his career last November when IBF, WBA and WBO champion Ward took a unanimous points decision in Las Vegas.

In the aftermath of that win, Ward suggested that he was so dominant in the light-heavyweight division that he could retire, rather than face Kovalev in a rematch.

However, the pair are now due to meet again in June, at Vegas’ Mandalay Bay casino.

“Couple days ago I have signed a new memo for rematch which was [sent] to me by Roc Nation,” said Kovalev on Twitter. “Still waiting on Son of Judges to sign it.”

There was a clause in the original contract between the pair for the rematch to take place, with question marks over the superior fighter remaining after their first fight.

Kovalev knocked Ward to the canvas in round two of November’s encounter and appeared to be the more powerful of the two fighters throughout.