LAS VEGAS, November 18, 2016 – Light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev of Russia (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Andre Ward of the United States (30-0, 15 KOs) have one required goal Friday: stepping onto a scale in front of their fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and weighing less than the light heavyweight limit of 175 pounds.
Communities Digital News will stream the Kovalev vs. Ward weigh-in live from Las Vegas here.
In some cases, a weigh-in can yield clues about a boxer’s preparation and readiness for a fight. There are the obvious signs, like failing to make weight, or being significantly under the weight limit. Some observers watch to see whether a boxer gulps liquid immediately after getting off the scale, signaling he’s dehydrated himself to make weight.
There is also the final face-off and interaction between the boxers and their camps. Is it cordial or is it confrontational? Is the mood of the fighters cheerful or serious? Is there a lot of braggadocio or trash talk, stare downs, or other aggressive behavior? Sometimes these things are a demonstration of confidence, but it can also signify the need to put on a show when you don’t really feel it, for yourself as much as your opponent.
This light heavyweight contest for Kovalev’s world title between two unbeaten champions is the most significant fight of 2016. It’s one of a handful of bouts in boxing history to feature two undefeated champions rated in the Top 5 facing each other. Whoever wins on Saturday will likely dethrone Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua to be considered the world’s number one pound for pound best boxer.
Once the fighters have cleared this important final hurdle, we will have 24 hours to predict and debate how this fight will turn out. One of its most attractive features is that it is truly a 50-50 fight. Both men are skilled on multiple levels, both physically and mentally. They are experienced and not above employing different tactics, some outside the “Queensbury Rules,” to gain an advantage over his opponent. What’s fun for fans at this moment is that everyone’s opinion is valid, and no one’s prediction is wrong – until Saturday night.
Everyone will find out how the drama ends on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Follow all the live action and our reports from ringside throughout Fight Week.
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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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