The Ward Kovalev 2 Scorecard At The Time Of The Stoppage

Andre Ward, left, hits Sergey Kovalev during their light heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, June 17, in Las Vegas. Ward followed up by digging to the body with a trio of left hooks, some of which appeared borderline in terms of being low.

Andre Ward scored an eighth-round technical knockout over Russia's Sergei Kovalev to defend his three light-heavyweight titles.

Referee Tony Weeks did separate Ward and Kovalev twice and advised Ward to keep his punches off Kovalev's trunks, but the shot that began Kovalev's demise in the 8th round landed right on the beltline.

Referee Tony Weeks seemed to allow several low blows go before eventually stepping in and stopping the contest in the eighth round with Kovalev buckled over. "I had a couple of missions in mind when I came to Las Vegas-to glorify God with my performance and the way I act outside the ring, to defend my belts that I won back in November, and to get home and kiss my wife and kids", he said. Ward, was given the stoppage over Russian Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, 30-2-1 (16), of Ft. He's dealt with accusations that some of his social media posts have been racist, with financial negotiation difficulties, with rumors that his trainer was going to leave for Ward's camp, and with Ward saying he gifted Kovalev a rematch (it was mandated in the contract for the first fight). "You've got to raise your game to the next level and thankfully that's what we did tonight".

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev met in one of the biggest fights of the year in November 2016. It doesn't mean you stop a fight every time somebody gets hurt.

We'll have to wait and see what comes of the protest, but for right now it's clear that after handing the only two losses of Kovalev's career, Andre Ward is the best boxer pound for pound. But while Kovalev was supposed to be the puncher it was a big right hand by Ward that landed midway through the eighth. Ward then exploded unexpectedly in the 8th round with a big right hand that staggered Kovalev. "I wasn't hurt and I could continue".

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In the fifth round Kovalev bloodied Ward's nose. Ward's powerful forehand seriously shook Kovalev, who had a panicky step back in the hope to endure till the Gong at the break.

The AP had Kovalev ahead by a point going into the final round.

The light heavyweight champ told Complex on June 12, "The only thing I've noticed about him [Kovalev] that's different since the fight ended is just the lack of mental toughness that this guy has". He had a good moment and he's a really great fighter - I'm not taking anything away from him. He punched me with low blows. "That's not just talk, that's real", Ward said.

Kovalev fought well against Ward and deserves tremendous credit for doing so.

Last night, I awarded Kovalev 3 of the first 4 rounds but, once again, Sergey started to fade in the middle stanzas while Ward got stronger and continually found ways to score. But as the time went by, Ward was adapting more and more, eventually turning this fight into his advantage. "I can't think that way".

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.

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