Andre Ward stops Sergey Kovalev to win light heavy rematch
09:48, Jun 18, 2017
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Andre Ward vowed he would leave no doubt this time around.
Andre Ward retained his light heavyweight titles and unbeaten record, defeating Sergey Kovalev by TKO on Saturday.
In the eighth round, Ward started to target the body more and more and with each punch landed to Kovalev's midsection he seemed to wince while going into survival mode. What was odd was Weeks allowed Ward to connect on multiple punches that appeared to be close to Kovalev's groin.
"I appreciate him giving me the opportunity to get my belts back and on June 17 it's going to be a different fight".
Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) started the fight slow, losing the first couple rounds, before he took control and Kovalev slowed.
Ward's persistence with then jab eventually paid off as he caused significant damage to Kovalev's right eye.
"When he can't get you out of there he fades", Ward said.
"How much more hurt was he than Ward in round two last fight".
It's been a year of many firsts for the 26-year-old with only 10 professional fights.
Kovalev said he hoped to have a third fight, but that is quite improbable, given the awful rancor between Roc Nation Sports and Kovalev promoter Main Events, not to mention that the first fight was not a commercial success and the rematch was not likely to be one either.
Upon a WBA review, an immediate rematch could be ordered due to the way the fight was handled at the end, although Flores may not deserve it due to his dramatic behaviour after the punch.
Kathy Duva, Kovalev's promoter, said she would appeal the decision to the Nevada State Athletic Commission because of the low blows and the failure of Weeks to deduct points from Ward.
"You know it's good that he's believing himself right now, that he's got the key for me, but he didn't get the key". 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. The live streaming video of Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev will be available on time. The final decision of a Ward win proved to be controversial, with Kovalev particularly irate following the announcement of the result. Ward was considered someone who could frustrate Kovalev with his game, but early on it was Ward who was frustrated, and Kovalev's power really put him on his heels. That's why I want to face the best, to be the best. I got him with the right hand, then I went back to the body a few times.
Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) hasn't gotten enough credit for coming off the canvas, changing the momentum of the fight and getting three judges to score the fight in his favor, 114-113.
He is the only boxer who ranks in the top five in CompuBox plus/minus (percentage of punches landed minus percentage of punches absorbed) and connect percentage.
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