Round 8: Ward stops Kovalev after barrage of body shots
Round 8: Ward stops Kovalev after barrage of body shots
19 June, 2017, 14:02
They have reduced him.
Ward's assault didn't slow down until he had Kovalev pinned against the ropes and as he bent over from the succession of punches, the referee had no choice but to stop the fight at 2:29 of the eighth round. The people around him did.
Yet, while Kovalev added, "I want to get another fight", the rivalry seems to be over with no rematch clause in effect and Ward saying afterward he might want to move to cruiserweight.
Good luck with that.
And after wobbling Kovalev midway through the eighth round with a straight right hand, Ward finished the job with a series of powerful body shots - albeit with a suspicion of low blows. Kovalev connects with a right hand, then they clinch. "He was grabbing the back of my head". He's a quality fighter. I'm just going to leave it at that.
Heading into the sixth round, Ward and Kovalev were exhausted. Torres fell, although some felt he was flopping to prompt a disqualification. "I respect them, but you got to find the right opponent and the right situation".
"It's not fair", said Flores, who is 25-1. He didn't throw a punch the whole round. There is no discussion, the right hand is what got it started.
Rigondeaux is promoted by RocNation, as is Ward.
There was a great deal of bad blood between the two after Ward won a hotly contested decision last November. He changed conditioning coaches for that goal.
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During the 8th round /Ward made a superb right hook, hitting Kovalev in the chin.
"I wasn't healthy during the last camp", he said. "He won't be a superstar", Hunter said.
The first fight was very close and those who believed Sergey deserved the nod present a clear case.
"I'd like to see him fight Anthony Joshua". Kovalev did his best to hold on but was hit low for the third time without losing a point.
Virgil Hunter, Ward's careerlong trainer, was satisfied with the outcome. I see things with him in particular and he's the best.
Undefeated pound-for-pound boxing titan Andre Ward has refused to rule out a possible blockbuster showdown with heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Some thought the swansong would begin immediately.
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. "I knew I had it and after those big shots I really knew I had him". I'm not going to be distracted by the ploys.
It's not like Ward has conquered all worlds at 175 pounds. All three cards were the same: 114-113. "My lane is always to be the understated one", Ward said. Artur Beterbiev is a risky fellow.
Anyone who watched the first fight would have to be intrigued by the rematch. To Ward he just resembles a bigger dragon.
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