ANDRE WARD VS. SERGEY KOVALEV 2 INTERNATIONAL MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL
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On the call: Virgil Hunter , Josh Dubin, and Andre Ward
The Rematch, always the most anticipated match in combat sports. The drama between fight one and two feeds the media and fan frenzy. Accusations, excuses, and rumors go back and forth. Tactics or truth, every one claims to know. But the one thing you always know, there’s is a pissed off camp and a happy camp.
Today was the “winning” camps’ turn on the international media call. A complete difference from the previous call with Sergey Kovalev and team. Team Ward more light hearted than Team Kovalev who was looking to: “punish.. (Ward)”. The confident teams’ only answer to any question of any new tricks was: “Oh boy you’ll see”, -Virgil Hunter
The post fight talk about the score card from Team Ward about their previous match was seeing it winning by 2 rounds. But then again, like Virgil noted,
“When it comes to your fighter, you’re only going to see what they are doing. Not whats really going on.”
So I guess that pertains to both corners, fans and media? Do we only see what we want to see? Can we ever separate ourselves from the emotion of the fight and look at it in a scientific way? If not, I guess we can’t call it the sweet Science, just Sweet, sweet drama! But I digress …
What one statement was said by Team Ward that this rematch:
“This will be a statement fight.” -Hunter
There wasn’t any mud slinging on this call, Ward stayed positive and even giving Kovalev respect.
“Once a champion always a champion.” -Ward
Some important notes from Ward as a take away speaks to every one.
“I am a Pro Fighter we are not just commodities.”
Ward carries on to talk about after the fight, all of the fights. Once the fans stop cheering. What is the fighter left with? Ward asks to humanize the fighter:
“What are you left with after your career is over. When the fans stop cheering. We need to humanize the fighter.”-Ward
Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch,” a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Jetlux, Life10 Water, Zappos and Powered by Monster. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegasand will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.