Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev II

Lynette Rowe
June 19, 2017

Ward won the first fight in November, coming back from a second round knockdown to get a controversial decision.

Ward toppled Sergey Kovalev in a Las Vegas showdown on Saturday night and, when asked what his next move could entail, the superstar admitted anything is possible in the sport.

The California-native landed a massive right hand that stunned the Russian, and followed it up with a barrage to the body that forced Kovalev to his knees and referee Tony Weeks to stop the contest. Ward throws a big right hand, and looks to fight on the inside. Ward then exploded unexpectedly in the 8th round with a big right hand that staggered Kovalev. "When I saw him reacting to the body shots that were borderline I knew I had him", Ward said.

Bivol isn't ready to call out Kovalev, WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and Ward, who has the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

So Kovalev becomes the 31st and 32nd fighter to have a bad night against Ward, who has never lost and now has a legitimate chance to retire unbeaten. "It's insane. I want to get again a fight with him".

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"I don't know, I can't explain it", Kovalev said.

Kovalev knocked down Ward and felt his pressure was enough to win, while Ward believes he adjusted and pushed the Russian slugger back and captured the majority of the later rounds to pull off the victory.

'I don't have anything on the books right now for a cruiserweight fight, a heavyweight fight.

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"He will pay for everything", Kovalev said.

The build-up to this undoubted superfight sequel - unimaginatively dubbed "The Rematch" - has however been overshadowed by the confirmation of Floyd Mayweather's behemoth of a fight with UFC legend Conor McGregor.

That raw deal ensured a spiky prelude and most expected Kovalev to come out with bad intentions.

Though Ward's punches bounced off Kovalev, more often than not they caught him square on the target instead of the gloves, which obviously played against him in what was after all an American court.

"But when you are facing a great fighter you have to raise your game to the next level". You don't have to respect me and I don't demand anything, but at a certain point and time, you got to give a person their just do. I really don't have anything to say on what happened.

"I think you are the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world tonight". "He didn't hurt me".

Ward was paid $6.5 million for the rematch, while Kovalev got a percentage of the gate and the pay-per-view. "I always prepare to go 12 rounds and make sure I put on a lovely fight". I looked at those punches that were allegedly low, and even spoke to (HBO's) Tom Hauser, who sent me a video, saying one of those punches was low but it was very hard to determine because Kovalev's arm was by his waist, and the punch looks like it comes up underneath and hits on the belt line.

Ward improved to 32-0 as he held onto 3 of the 4 major boxing belts in the 175-pound fight. "I'm not into taking two (punches) to get one".

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