In boxing's down year, Kovalev vs Ward could be best of 2016

Andre Ward has done just about everything in boxing except the one thing that truly defines fighters these days — headline a pay-per-view card in this gambling city.

It's been a long time coming but he can check that off Saturday when he meets Sergey Kovalev in what might be the best fight of what has been a down year for the sport. The two meet for Kovalev's light heavyweight titles in a rare matchup of unbeaten fighters in their prime.

"I've been here so many times for so many fights. I just wasn't fighting," Ward said. "The difference is I'm the headliner now and it feels good. What this town represents for the sport of boxing, it's an honor to be...