By Carlos Boogs
Roc Nation President Michael Yormark, who promotes IBF, WBO, WBA light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs), has pulled rank on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) and his promoters at Main Events.
Last November at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ward got off the floor in the second round to win a twelve round unanimous decision over Kovalev to capture the three light heavyweight world titles.
A rematch is scheduled to take place in the same city, on June 17th, but this time at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Like the first meeting, the rematch will be distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Kovalev and his handlers have been lashing out at Ward for last year's decision. They outcome of that contest has created a lot of controversy and debate over which boxer actually deserved to walk away with his hand raised.
Yormark accused Kovalev and his promoters of being very nice in a face to face setting, but then talking trash during interviews with the press.
"We have been overwhelmed with hype, media coverage, trash talk, and verbal sparring. In fact, Team Kovalev as the B-side promoter has made a habit of playing nice on the dais and then talking trash to the media when they are a safe distance from Andre – a lot of good it’s done so far," Yormark said.
"All of this chatter means nothing now and will mean even less come June 17 when the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world go toe-to-toe, and only one man is left standing as champion – with the loser being left with no one to blame but himself. It’s quite simple – these guys do not like each other and are literally foaming out the mouth to get back in the ring together."
" Last November, Andre Ward staged an epic comeback against Sergey Kovalev, and proved he is in a class of his own in the boxing world. Immediately after the match the excuses starting rolling in from Team Kovalev. There was a lot of talk, a lot of debate, a lot of speculation, a lot of finger-pointing and hand-wringing. So, like the true champion that he is on June 17, Andre will be back in the ring with Sergey to once again prove his superiority."