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Kovalev vs. Ward in rematch? Here’s why it’s complicated

Kovalev vs Ward

Steve Marcus

Andre Ward, left, of Oakland, Calif. trades punches with Sergey Kovalev of Russia during their light heavyweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Ward took the WBA/IBF/WBO titles from Kovalev with a unanimous-decision win.

What makes perfect sense has real potential to develop into a perfect mess.

Unbeaten Andre Ward’s come-from-behind, unanimous-decision victory Saturday night to claim three light-heavyweight belts from previously undefeated Sergey Kovalev was a bout that realized the hype and hopes.

The third meeting of unbeatens ranked in boxing’s mythical top-five pound-for-pound list fulfilled expectations and boosted the profiles of two more fighters at a time boxing could use more name brands. It also had a rematch clause.

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