Ward Stops Kovalev to Retain Light Heavyweight Crown

Ward Stops Kovalev to Retain Light Heavyweight Crown

Through four rounds, Kovalev looked like he was taking his belts back and getting vengeance for his sole defeat from the undefeated Ward, but Ward was getting creative and finally landing more power shots while Kovalev worked the jab. He promised he would have more stamina this time, but he seemed just as gassed at the same juncture, maybe because Ward was holding religiously, exchanging in the clinches, and raising the tempo to devastating effect.

Wow, right on Max!

Ward's trainer, Virgil Hunter, hopes Kovalev is better.

He was right on both counts. He said Ward has improved and that the two of them have worked to avoid another slow start for the counter-puncher. I'm pretty straightforward. I don't say anything unless I mean it. Ward came on strong in the second half of that fight after Kovalev knocked him down in the second round.

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev will meet for the second time Saturday in a fight between arguably the two best light heavyweights, but there's a prospect on the undercard who could soon join the picture. "These are two elite fighters in their prime, and I implore you to tell their story". I have a lot of respect for Kovalev. He was trying to cover up his body.

As Kovalev lurched around the ring, Ward trapped him in the corner and rammed in a succession of shots around the belt line and the shaken fighter was sagging on the ropes as Weeks swiftly signalled the finish. "He was hurt and he wasn't reacting so the referee stopped it". But the shots forced Kovalev to bend over, and he looked spent.

Kovalev added he wants an "immediate" rematch because he felt he got hit with a series of low blows in the eighth. "It would have to be against the right guy but I don't put a limit as to what I'm capable of". "I wasn't hurt and I could continue".

"Why stop the fight?" he said.

This is shameful for him and the whole boxing. [Ward] punched me low blow already a few times during the fight.

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"I was empty one month before the November fight".

This was an event dripping in bad blood.

In the first round, Kovalev, a 34-year-old native of Russian Federation, aggressively took the center of the ring while Ward alternated between traveling to his left or traveling to his right.

In his post-fight interview, Kovalev questioned the intervention of Weeks and suggested that he had received an illegal punch.

Kovalev did a better job fighting on the inside and equaling Ward's physicality from the clinch during the rematch. The difference this time around may have been Andre's ability to effectively counter the aggressive Kovalev as he pressed the action.

All three judges scored it 114-113 for Ward.

It had been a competitive fight until the eighth round, when Ward landed a ferocious right hand on the chin and Kovalev turned jelly-legged. A left and a hard right by Ward connects as the bell rings.

The reality is that it didn't need one. As Ward cuts some weight to make the light-heavyweight limit, however, the real disparity in weight is unlikely to be that dramatic. "First of all, obviously, that is absolutely in the contract, number one". All I got to do is be myself and that will be enough.

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