Ward defeats Kovalev to retain light heavyweight titles

Ward defeats Kovalev to retain light heavyweight titles

Ward defeats Kovalev to retain light heavyweight titles

As of Friday, Ward is the favorite at -150, according to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. Weeks, meanwhile, was working hard to keep control as the two fighters clinched and hit each other behind the head, with Ward landing a low blow in the second round that doubled Kovalev over and caused Weeks to pause the bout.

The pound-for-pound elite fighters met again in a rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, and Ward left no doubt this time, knocking Kovalev out in the eighth round, much to the delight of the pro-Ward crowd.

Andre Ward has spoken before about his desire to some day make the move up to heavyweight and challenge for gold.

Still, he's eager to clear up any remaining doubts when they meet Saturday night in a 175-pound title rematch.

Speaking to HBO after the fight, he said: "Let me ask you the question: Can I get on the pound-for-pound list now?"

"It's gotta be the right guy, but I dream big. I was a lot better prepared this time". Ward followed up by insinuating that he's going to make Kovalev pay for what he considers undeniably racist.

'That's (referee decisions) has got nothing to do with me. "You kind of see a theme in his fights". Why get away from it? Hes not used to someone pushing the action.”.

Had he survived the round, a hurt and faded Kovalev would have entered Round 9 down by three points on two scorecards against an opponent who was getting stronger and starting to land bombs - to the body AND head.

"I know I will get my belts back", Kovalev said.

Kovalev not only thinks he won the first fight because of the second-round knockdown and winning the first five or six rounds, but he also has an excuse for his late fade that fight. For him it was like fighting a heavy bag.”.

Foul's ended two fights while the Nevada commission allowed this to happen on the PPV event. But the shots forced Kovalev to bend over, and he looked spent, so Weeks jumped in and waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 29 seconds. Both went into the fight with an otherworldly amount of hype but with many criticizing both for being untested by boxers of a similar skill ceiling.

Still, for a fighter who spent most of his career at super-middleweight, Parker would provide a tough test. Conor McGregor and Mayweather may be dominating the headlines this week, but this was the matchup to care about (along with GGG/Canelo). “I dont feel like it affects me. "It is what it is". Who he fights next?

Many fight fans and media alike felt Sergey Kovalev had done more than enough to defeat Andre Ward in their first fight back in November, as the 2004 Olympian won by a controversial unanimous decision. Kovalev did his best to hold on but was hit low for the third time without losing a point. "I knew I had it and after those big shots I really knew I had him".

"I am planning to put on a show".

Ward (31-0, 15 knockouts) isnt about to invite Kovalev over for dinner, either.

"He will pay for everything", Kovalev said.

"I don't know. I can't explain it", Kovalev said about the end of the fight. “Im not flawless but I make an effort to be an asset to the game.”.

Kovalev (30-2-1) said he believed he could've kept fighting.

"It was a low blow".

Kovalev seemed to get the early advantage with his aggressiveness as he pressed forward with his punches while backing Ward up with a straight jab.

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