Kovalev motivated by number one pound-for-pound discussion


Unified light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev is taking motivation from the prospect of becoming the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world in his highly anticipated fight with Andre Ward.

Kovalev will put his WBA Super, IBF and WBO titles on the line against the unbeaten Ward, who has stepped up after dominating the super-middleweight division, in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The only blemish on the powerful Russian's record is a draw against Grover Young in 2011, with 26 of his 30 victories coming via knockout.

Kovalev is focused on extending his run of 14 successive victories when he faces Ward, but admitted the opportunity to be heralded as the best boxer in the world provides an additional boost.

He told Omnisport: "I'm not making any prediction, I just do my job and he will do his job and we will find out who is the number one pound-for-pound.

"I never got the attention for pound-for-pound, like who is the best, but when this fight got the status of number one pound-for-pound, I got new motivation.

"It's very interesting. I have a new goal, and it gave me a reason to kick his ass."

Ward has gained renown for his technical ability and slick defence, but Kovalev has no specific plan to combat his opponent's attributes.

"Not anything special [planned], we'll see on November 19. I am waiting for this day, I miss fighting already and I want to kick his ass because he's in the way of my goals," the Russian continued.

"Everybody knows what is my style and what is his style and we will found out whose style will get victory and will be number one pound-for-pound on November 19."