Boxing

Tony Bellew v Ilunga Makabu was advertised as a real life rocky story by promoter Eddie Hearn. This branding was largely based off Bellew’s role in the Creed movie where he played “Pretty” Ricky Conlan. However, after a controversial first encounter, this weekend’s rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, provides us with plenty of parallels with what is arguably the most compelling of the rocky story-lines.

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Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev both tipped the scales at 175 pounds at their weigh-in for Saturday night’s rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two fighters looked in great shape with neither of them appearing weight drained. Ward, 33, looked a little tired, but other than that, he looked in fighting shape. The two fighters had a long stare down with Ward saying something to Kovalev while smiling at him.

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Promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events believes that the reason Floyd Mayweather Jr. scheduled his August 26 fight with Conor McGregor so close to the September 16 fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady GGG” Golovkin is because he’s trying to FORCE them off the September date. Duva reasons that by Mayweather scheduling his with McGregor so close to Canelo-Golovkin, it will mean fewer PPV buys for their fight.

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