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Reports: Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev agree to rematch

Reports: Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev agree to rematch

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev are reportedly going to fight again.

The highly-anticipated rematch will take place June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, according to multiple reports.

The "S.O.G." looks to retain the WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight titles he earned back in November,  after winning a controversial - yet unanimous - decision victory over "Krusher."

Ward (31-0, 15 KO) was recently named the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the sport by Ring Magazine. Kovalev (31-1-1, 26 KO) is right behind him in the No. 2 spot.

Boxing fans and pundits alike have been clamoring for a rematch since their first bout ended, as many felt Kovalev was the rightful winner. The powerful Russian controlled much of the early action, scoring a 2nd round knockdown with a stunning right hand. 

But as the fight progressed, Ward turned the tide, wearing down his opponent with thudding body shots and raking overhand rights. After 12 rounds of action, all three judges ringside scored the bout 114-113 in favor of the Oakland native.

Ward is the host of a new web series called "NBC Fights," showcasing the best of boxing and MMA in Northern California.

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Daniel Cormier can finally feel like a champion again


Daniel Cormier can finally feel like a champion again

Daniel Cormier was awarded the UFC light heavyweight championship Saturday night at UFC 220 after his loss to Jon Jones was overturned when Jones failed a prefight drug test. Cormier said leading up to the fight that he didn’t feel like a champion. He probably feels like one now.

The San Jose-based 205-pounder defeated No. 2-ranked Volkan Oezdemir by secon-round TKO to retain the title.

“I felt as if I was fighting for a vacant title because (Jones) beat me last time,” Cormier (20-1) said in a postfight interview referring to his loss last July.

“I fought for a vacant title and I got the job done so I’m the UFC champion again.”

Cormier, who turns 40 in March, nearly won the fight a round earlier. In the final minute of the first frame, Cormier landed a right hand flush on the challenger’s face. After securing a takedown and taking Oezdemir’s back, Cormier locked in a rear naked choke but was forced to relinquish the hold when the bell rang.

Oezdemir, 28, was given a second chance, but he couldn’t capitalize. Cormier dominated the second round from the beginning. The AKA-product once again took down Oezdemir, transitioned to a crucifix, and landed a barrage of shots until the referee called the fight at the 2:00 mark.

“He was so game. I knew he was a dangerous guy. He hit hard,” Cormier said of Oezdemir (15-2). “But once I was able to get him to the ground, I knew it was my world.”

And for now, the rest of the light heavyweight division is just living in it.

What they’re saying: Congratulations to Andre Ward

What they’re saying: Congratulations to Andre Ward

Oakland's own Andre "Son of God" Ward is calling it a career at 32-0. And plenty of noteable teams and icons showed the champ respect on Thursday...