Photos: Ed Mulholland
By Kieran Mulvaney
LAS VEGAS -- One day after walking off the press conference dais, Sergey Kovalev stood face to face with Andre Ward at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday afternoon. Having appeared to be on edge of losing control because of his dislike of the American, who took his light-heavyweight belts in a controversial decision win last November, Kovalev displayed an altogether lighter mood after tipping the scales at 175 pounds, the same as his rival. He had left the press conference, he explained, because he was just tired of hearing Ward’s team talking, and he just wanted to get on with things and fight.
Ward was of pretty much the same mind, stating that the rematch was effectively the 13th round onward of the contest that the two men began seven months ago. As the two men stared at each other after making weight, Ward appeared to say a few words to the Russian.
Asked if he wanted to share what he had said, Ward demurred.
“As long as he understood me, that’s all that matters.”
The two men will be talking with their fists on HBO Pay-Per-View on Saturday night.
Weights from Las Vegas:
Andre Ward 175 pounds | Sergey Kovalev 175 pounds
Guillermo Rigondeaux 121.5 pounds | Moises Flores 122 pounds
Dmitry Bivol 174.5 pounds | Cedric Agnew 175 pounds
Luis Arias 160 pounds | Arif Magomedov 159.75 pounds