Boxers Sergey Kovalev of Russia (L) and Andre Ward of the US face off during their final news conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, November 17, 2016. AFP / John GURZINSKI
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The right to be described as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is on the line Saturday when Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev meet in Las Vegas in a battle of the unbeaten.The bout is being promoted under the banner "Pound for Pound," a 12-round scrap billed as a showdown to determine who deserves to be regarded as the best fighter on the planet.For Ward (30-0, 15 knockouts), the logic is simple.The pound-for-pound tag is justified.Kovalev, 33, has long sought a meeting with Haitian-born Canadian southpaw Adonis Stevenson, the World Boxing Council champion who is 28-1 with 23 knockouts.However, when no deal could be struck, Kovalev surrendered his mandatory challenger rights to face a fighter he said he thinks will be his toughest foe yet.
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