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Sergey Kovalev indicates he signed deal memo for Ward rematch

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Fighters Network

Sergey Kovalev revealed on social media he has signed a new deal memo for a rematch with Andre Ward but not before Kovalev tabbed Ward “Son of Judges” in a Twitter post after Ward won a close decision in their first fight in November.

The rematch is set for June 17 at Mandalay Bay on HBO PPV. Kovalev signed the deal memo on Tuesday and is now waiting for Ward, who calls himself “Son of God” for his Christian faith, to ink his side of the contract. “Couple days ago I have signed a new memo for rematch which was (sent) to me by Roc Nation,” Kovalev wrote on Twitter on Thursday night, referencing Ward promoter Roc Nation. “Still waiting on Son of Judges to sign it.”

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who handles Kovalev, declined to comment when reached on Friday. Josh Dubin, an attorney for Ward, didn’t immediately return a phone message. Ward won a hotly contested unanimous decision on Nov. 19 by scores of 114-113, 114-113 and 114-113 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, rising from a second-round knockdown to claim Kovalev’s WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight titles.

Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 knockouts) has hounded Ward for the rematch, believing he won the first fight. While Ward has hinted at retirement and spoken of walking away from a rematch if the deal isn’t suitable to his liking, Dubin indicated to last month that Ward is focused on facing Kovalev again. With Roman (Chocolatito) Gonzalez losing last Saturday to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) was promoted to No. 1 on RING’s Pound-for-Pound list while Kovalev is locked at No. 2.