Sergey Kovalev is starting to get impatient at the slow glacial process that he has to go through to get a rematch against Andre Ward. There was a contract for a rematch between the two fighters from the last time they fought each other on November 19, but Ward reportedly wants a new deal, according to Kovalev.
Kovalev doesn’t understand why Ward is pushing for a new contract when they already had an exciting rematch clause with the terms for the rematch already in it. Kovalev says he feels good that the boxing public views him as the real winner of his fight against Ward, and he can’t wait to get him inside the ring so that he can beat him again. The reality is that Ward won the fight and Kovalev lost, Ward won by a 12 round unanimous decision in a fight that was televised by HBO PPV. The judges scored the fight 114-113 x 3.
HBO has set side June for rematch, according to Kovalev. It would be another fight on pay-per-view like their previous one.
Ward is likely to give Kovalev his rematch that he badly wants because there are no real options for him at 175 that will give him a big payday. The other real option for Ward is Adonis Stevenson, and I’m not sure that he’s excited about facing the 39-year-old Lee.
“I’m already feeling good, because I understand that people’s love for me means more than titles,” Kovalev said to IFL TV. “Everybody around me, around you, everybody says that Andre Ward lost the fight. If he’s a man, he will get in the ring and prove it. I’m still waiting for him to sign the contract for the rematch. I know I won the fight. It’s not only my opinion, because I’m very happy that boxing fans feel like me. My goal right now is to get my belts. I’m happy this loss happened, because I saw how much [expletive] there is around me. I hope [the rematch does happen]. Andre Ward (looking directly into the camera), if you are real champ, you will give me the rematch. Are you a man, or are you a girl! Let’s do it, you scared mother*****r!”
Kovalev is going to need to be patient for a while until the negotiation process takes place. Kovalev needs to learn how to fight on the inside because if he doesn’t improve in that area, Ward is going to do the same thing as he did last time by taking the fight to the inside.