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Saturday June 17th

Ward will defend the belts he won from Kovalev in a rematch on June 17 (HBO PPV) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, promoters Roc Nation Sports and Main Events announced on Tuesday.

After an extremely contentious contract negotiation and build up to the first fight, Kovalev and Ward met on Nov. 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Kovalev scored a knockdown in the second round but lost his belts by very controversial unanimous decision - 114-113 on all three scorecards - despite the majority of ringside observers believing Kovalev deserved the victory. Kovalev had the right to an immediate rematch in his contract and exercised that right shortly after the bout.

After weeks of haggling over deal points, the rematch, being billed as "No Excuses," was finally made."I'm going to keep it short and sweet. You got what you asked for -- now you have to see me on June 17," Ward said, directing his comments to Kovalev. "This time leave the excuses at home