Kathy Duva says Ward-Kovalev negotiations are a “living hell”
On Tuesday at a Los Angeles press conference, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) was supposed to announce formally the November 19 PPV against pound-for-pound #1 fighter Andre “S.O.G” Ward, things did not go as planned.
First, the event was one hour late, not a huge red flag, but also not a great sign for an event to announce a fight. The second being that Andre Ward was not even at the event as he cited it is too close to the date of the fight.
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva stated was beyond frustrated and as she was a soundbite machine.
“…the fight will be taking place somewhere (loud)…we have a deal with the T-Mobile (in Las Vegas) as far as I’m concerned.” Duva stated. “Living hell is a nice way of describing these negotiations,”
It was widely assumed that the event would be held in Las Vegas and most likely at the T-Mobile Arena, but Michael Yormark of Roc Nation Sports, explained that things needed to be ironed out before a formal announcement of Ward-Kovalev, at the Andre Ward-Alexander Brand post-fight press conference.