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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2017

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev have reportedly agreed to a rematch June 17 in Las Vegas. Ward won the first meeting between the light heavyweight boxers by unanimous decision in November.

Mitchell Abramson of first reported Tuesday’s news. Chris Mannix of The Vertical confirmed the details for the second encounter.

Mannix also provided further background information about the fight:

Ward moved to 31-0 with his previous victory over Kovalev at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The triumph made him the WBA Super World, IBF World and WBO World light heavyweight champion.

Their title matchup was a lot closer than the unanimous decision may suggest. Kovalev came out strong and dictated the pace early on. Only a late surge by the 33-year-old American allowed him to edge out a narrow victory, 114-113 on all three scorecards.

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