Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Kovalev calls for third Ward bout after controversial stoppage

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Spencer Simpson | 19 June, 2017, 01:52

Olympic gold medal victor Andre Ward has stopped Russian puncher Sergey Kovalev in the eighth round to win their rematch and retain his unified light-heavyweight world championship.

Kovalev, who has scored 26 wins by way of knockout throughout his professional career, is the more powerful fighter in this matchup, and it showed in the first fight when he hurt Ward with stinging jabs early on and when he dropped the American with a crisp right hand in the second round.

The undefeated Ward turned the fight around with a big right hand that wobbled Kovalev, then swarmed all over him.

So, with yet more controversy thrown into the pot, a whole lot of verbal swiping is surely about to begin between Kovalev and Ward supporters, and all the more so since Kovalev insisted it was in fact a low blow that had him doubled over moments before Weeks stepped in. "But when you are facing a great fighter you have to raise your game to the next level".

"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".

Kovalev complained that Ward hit him with two low blows in the final exchange, forcing him to sit on the first rope.

The American felt Weeks may have had a better view, but insisted his decision making was not up to scratch in a world title fight. It doesn't mean you stop a fight every time somebody gets hurt. So I just have to keep my head down and keep working. I'm sure he's made some adjustments and he's going to come harder but I'm ready. Are they trying to get better, or are they laying all their eggs in the basket that says they won the first fight, so they don't have to? Also added prior to the start of the fight: no rematch clause in the contract. He suggested Ward should face Anthony Joshua, the six foot six, 250lbs noted power puncher and unified IBF and WBA world champion.

"I looked back at the fight and I thought, dude, you just gave away some rounds".

All week Kovalev had said he lost last November's decision because he was overtrained. Whether the punches that came right before the end of the fight were low or not can be discussed.

"Whatever the excuses were this time, I just don't have the energy", Ward said. "When I hit him with the last one he didn't react".

It's this Saturday, June 17 (or the early hours of Sunday 18, depending where you're reading this from) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

While the judges verdict divides opinion, Ward was confident he'd get the nod but fully aware that the fight was close especially facing a deficit from the knockdown.

Spill your opinions on Ward vs Kovalev II below, plus the rest of the night's busy card. Regardless, he said, he plans to not only win the fight but take out his frustrations on Ward. Who he fights next? As Duva said, Kovalev has fights remaining on his HBO contract, but there is no provision for a third Ward fight.

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