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Sergey Kovalev doesn’t care that Andre Ward is favored to win

Larry King NowNov 02 '16

Pro boxing’s light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev discusses his highly anticipated title defense bout against American boxer Andre Ward, telling Larry that his opponent is a “smart” boxer and he is unfazed by those picking Ward to win.

Sergey Kovalev: Everything, we’ll see November 19th, you know? Because Andre Ward is very talented fighter, and he’s very smart. He’s like a- he’s not a fighter. He’s a boxer. Very smart boxer, you know? And what he will bring in the ring, I want to see that.

Larry King: Now he’s a super middleweight, you’re a light heavyweight, so he had to gain weight for this fight, right?

Sergey Kovalev: No he’s already like two fights back.

Larry King: But he had to come to…

Sergey Kovalev: He gained… He’s a guest. He’s a guest in my division.

Larry King: Why is he favored?

Sergey Kovalev: You know, boxing specialists look at him, something much better. He do something much better than me, I don’t know why, you know? And I don’t care about this at all. That ‘who is the underdog and who is the favorite’

Larry King: It might be better to be the underdog.

Sergey Kovalev: It’s new motivation for me. And most of my important fights I fought as a guest in another country, you know? And since amateur ages. And I like when I disappoint everybody of my opponent, you know? It makes me happy. Yeah, really.

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