Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Kovalev calls for third Ward bout after controversial stoppage

Ward then back him up against the ropes and landed three left hooks to Kovalev's body, one which was a low blow that was missed by referee Tony Weeks. "He is a great fighter, and when you fight great fighters, you have to raise your game".

"Then I hurt him with a head shot and I just had to get the right shots in there to get it over with".

Billed as Ward vs. Kovalev 2: No Excuses! this second fight will be every bit as historic as the heavyweight division's Joe Louis vs Max Schmelling 2 rematch of June 22, 1938! .

This is how it went in the light heavyweight match-up of arguably the two best men in the sport, who ascended to those spots by facing each other in a close fight past year that Ward won controversially: Kovalev started better.

WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Andre "S.O.G". But as the time went by, Ward was adapting more and more, eventually turning this fight into his advantage.

Kovalev's promoter, Kathy Duva, said she would protest to the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday to try and erase the second straight loss Kovalev suffered at the hands of Ward.

"I've never been the best, but I've always worked the hardest", Ward said. Ward said that will play in his favor in the rematch.

"I feel good, I should be continuing now", Kovalev said. Kovalev was accurate, landing with thudding jabs and enough right hands to mark up his man, but Ward, who had Kovalev dabbing at his right eye, began edging the action at BB from the 4th round onwards, leading at 68-65 going into the 8th. I'm just going to leave it at that. "I knew he was hurt", Ward said. Kovalev said he was gassed because he over-trained.

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"Championship fights don't start until after the sixth round". "I can't think that way".

Ward's trainer Virgil Hunter proclaimed, "I told them (the media) that I only trained Andre for the knockout twice". While that is up for debate, the current reality is that Andre Ward finished off a fighter who had been feared by much of the boxing world.

Sergey has since deleted the video meme, but the backlash was swift from those who said that making it sound as if Ward - a devout Christian - dropped nonstop n-bombs was racist.

Ward received a guaranteed $6.5 million payday for the fight.

Kovalev was aggrieved at losing the pair's first meeting last November having knocked Ward down in round two, and again he was frustrated at the stoppage.

On the undercard, two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux defeated Moises Flores with a controversial fight-ending punch at the close of the first round to retain his WBA junior featherweight title.

Rigondeaux and Flores were trading punches when the bell rang to end the first round and both threw after the bell.

The pro resume he's compiled had already included a super middleweight cleanout that claimed the top-end likes of Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch, not to mention a champ-vs. -champ erasure of Chad Dawson that effectively ruined the one-time light heavyweight king's career.

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