Complaints by Kovalev about another low blow were ignored by referee Weeks and Ward seized upon his pained opponent, uncorking a huge right that left him on unsteady legs. Chief among the cleaning agents are Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, whose rematch in the early hours tomorrow reminds us what boxing is really all about.
Russia's Sergey Kovalev is out to regain his WBA, WBO, IBF titles that he lost to Andre Ward in Las Vegas last November.
Still, hes eager to clear up any remaining doubts when they meet Saturday night in a 175-pound title rematch.
'I don't have anything on the books right now for a cruiserweight fight, a heavyweight fight. 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. So I just have to keep my head down and keep working.
Two fights with Andre Ward have not only tamed Kovalev. He's so used to people trying to get away from his power that he's able to rest between the action.
This time, however, Ward sought to erase doubts regarding the legitimacy of his first win by intelligently boxing Kovalev before wearing him down with shots to the body.
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..
The first time the two fought on HBO PPV, they recorded a reported 160,000 buys.
Authoritative revenge Tony wicks did not notice violations of the ward, and the complete lack of resistance from Kovalev forced the judge to fix defeat by TKO. Their records are nearly identical and both fight with a great deal of intelligence.
And any efforts to generate buzz this week were dashed when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor announced their own fight.
An eighth-round win via a controversial technical knockout took Ward to 32 wins from 32 career fights and the 33-year-old then set his sights on climbing the weight classes. "That one's probably borderline - he was hurt, I went right back there again, he wasn't reacting, right back there again and the referee stopped it". "It is what it is".
Ward won the first fight by a unanimous decision though many thought Kovalev deserved the victory after knocking down Ward in the second round and appearing to have the edge in some tight rounds.
The AP had Kovalev ahead by a point going into the final round.
"I am planning to put on a show".
Ward (31-0, 15 knockouts) isn't about to invite Kovalev over for dinner, either. Kovalev said he was gassed because he over-trained.
"I don't know, I can't explain it", Kovalev said. Im not ideal but I make an effort to be an asset to the game.. HBO will replay the pay-per-view fight next Saturday beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
"Only a low blow [hurt me]".