Andre Ward stops Sergey Kovalev by TKO in highly anticipated rematch

Doug Mendoza
June 22, 2017

The reactions naturally ranged from "Ward cheated, Kovalev got screwed" to "There were no low blows, Kovalev is a pussy", because not many people in boxing are game for considering a world that's less than black and white.

Andre Ward defeated Sergey Kovalev in the rematch, completely without deserving.

Boxer Andre Ward poses with a youngster following a news conference at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

LAS VEGAS - After leaving no doubt who was the best light heavyweight around, Andre Ward talked about securing his place as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and perhaps even one day moving up to heavyweight.

"It felt like I was up [on the scorecards], but a championship fight starts after the sixth round", Ward said. I'm just going to leave it at that.

Kovalev openly disputed his unanimous decision loss to Ward, but Ward won the last six rounds on two of the three scorecards after being knocked down in the second round. Now he's a good kid, I do him and he's swell but I'm telling you, I see things with him in particular and he's the best. "I don't have another way accept to get a victory over him". Hes not used to someone pushing the action.”. Joe Smith Jr. and Sullivan Barrera fight in The Forum next month and the victor will be an attractive match for someone.

Replays of the finishing combination seemed to show that at least a couple of the punches Ward landed went below the belt as he punished Kovalev to earn the TKO. "I knew I had about 30 seconds to go in the round and I just had to finish it".

Intelligencer Post isn't one of those media, and we are not interested in the nationality of the fighters or the political factors surrounding them, we are just into sports. For him it was like fighting a heavy bag.”.

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BTW.it's not the first time the Russian fighter has been accused of racism, but he has said in the past that cultural misunderstandings were to blame for the controversies.

Toward the beginning part of the fight, it looked like Kovalev figured out the mistakes he made in the first fight by going to the body and being the aggressor.

Ward vs Kovalev Pattern: In both fights, Sergey began well and then faded. Conor McGregor and Mayweather may be dominating the headlines this week, but this was the matchup to care about (along with GGG/Canelo).

Ward now moves on with his unbeaten record intact, building to 32 wins, no defeats, 16 knockouts, having retained his WBA, WBO, IBF Light Heavyweight titles. I didn't feel that hurt. "It is what it is". The Star-Ledger had Kovalev ahead by point after seven. Ward said in pre-fight interviews that he hopes to score a more conclusive win this time around and put to bed any lingering doubts about who is the better fighter. "I don't like this guy".

Ward (31-0, 15 knockouts) isnt about to invite Kovalev over for dinner, either. "This is awesome", Kovalev said. “Im not flawless but I make an effort to be an asset to the game.”. Watch the fight on June 17 on HBO Pay Per View. The first bout was on pay-per-view, too, and drew only a reported 150,000 buys, despite it being an attractive matchup for boxing fans.

Kovalev (30-2-1) said he believed he could've kept fighting. And, if you choose to make a defense for Kovalev's plodding battle plan, there were definitely the low blows.

"I don't think it'll be possible to keep you out of the No. 1 ranking, because of who you did it against", HBO's Max Kellerman told a scraped-up but beaming Ward in the ring.

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