Andre Ward beats Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas rematch

Andre Ward beats Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas rematch”

This time, Ward started his game plan early, but as we will see, the way the fight ended may leave doubt in the minds of some.

Ward, a 33-year-old native of Oakland California, began to wear Kovalev down in Round 5 with shots to the body.

"Krusher" tried to drain Ward's desire for battle with body shots in the sixth, but the American displayed his reflexes with clever counter punches in the seventh and would deliver a stunning punch in the next round.

"That's always been a dream of mine", Ward said. "I knew he was hurt". "It takes something to do something". Kovalev had appeared to pull through and take control of the fight as he rocked Ward with a right hand.

It was the first time Kovalev (30-2, 25 KOs) was finished in his career.

He went after Kovalev, finally finishing him off in a neutral corner with the disputed body shots. It didn't hurt me.

"Go back down there". But boxing history suggests the odds of getting a decision overturned are extremely low. "He was hurt and he wasn't reacting so the referee stopped it".

Kovalev added he wants an "immediate" rematch because he felt he got hit with a series of low blows in the eighth.

"If you look at the instant replay, which the commission refused to look at tonight, you see the back of Sergey's cup going up, one, two, three times", Duva said. "I saw someone who should have been disqualified get his hand held up". The Kovalev throws a low blow. "We will appeal to the commission on Monday".

However, Ward's trainer Virgil Hunter sees things differently. The first was Chad Dawson. And they laughed at me.

Last November's title fight between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev was one of the most controversial in boxing past year. Ward then connected with a sweet right in the chops, and Kovalev's legs were shaking.

The fight served as a rematch to the bout that the two men had back on November 19, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

One man not impressed with the stoppage was former world champion, Paulie Malignaggi. I give him credit.

This time there was no early knockdown and no early dominance from either man, but there was a conclusive outcome. "Am I No. 1 now?" "He landed incredible body punches and chopped Sergey down, literally chopped him down".

"I couldn't believe it, I could win", Kovalev said. Now he's a good kid, I do him and he's swell but I'm telling you. I could have still been fighting.

'I don't think Kovalev complained about it, he was in a submissive position. "I didn't feel the punch. The fight should have continued". And it's over. Tony Weeks stops the action as Ward is pummeling Kovalev. Going into the 8th round two of the three judges had Ward ahead on the cards 67-66 while the third judge had Kovalev up 69-65. As Ward cuts some weight to make the light-heavyweight limit, however, the real disparity in weight is unlikely to be that dramatic.

"If there are questions marks after this that has nothing to do with me. Am I No. 1 now?" "I keep my head down and keep working".

"It was a low blow, again another one", said Kovalev. Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) fought tooth and nail with his Russian counterpart as they connected with powerful punches to the head and waged a war of attrition on the inside.

HBO will replay the fight next Saturday, Jun. 24 beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

"Maybe cruiserweight, I don't know". "I knew I had it and after those big shots I really knew I had him".

Tonny Weeks is the name of the official in the ring, and you might remember it because this is the person who made one of the most catastrophic mistakes in the history of boxing. "We're very proud of him".

Ward is a generational great, not a novice boxer, so the size differential he can make up for in skill is much greater than perhaps anyone else in the world. He is clearly a candidate for that mythical title of the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. Who he fights next? This makes this controversy even bigger, because who could have known what would happen. "He deserves to enjoy the moment".

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