Ward vs Kovalev II: Round by round analysis

Ruben Hill
June 23, 2017

"He hit with four low blows", said Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs).

Andre Ward retained his world light-heavyweight titles after a controversial stoppage victory over Sergey Kovalev in their rematch in Las Vegas.

Sergey Kovalev listens during a news conference Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Las Vegas.

It turned out, that's exactly what Andre Ward had in mind, too.

Yormark said he would give Ward time to enjoy the win and then look for the biggest fight available. He was dazed so I just had to try to find the right shot. That second-round knockdown was just the second time that Ward has been knocked down in his career. The two were staging a tense, tactical fight until Ward popped Kovalev with a left at the beltline, which seemed to stun the former champion. Hes not used to someone pushing the action.”.

'I couldn't believe it, I could win, ' he said.

"Krusher" tried to drain Ward's desire for battle with body shots in the sixth, but the American displayed his reflexes with clever counter punches in the seventh and would deliver a stunning punch in the next round. "Can I get back on the pound-for-pound list now?" he said. 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.

Toward the beginning part of the fight, it looked like Kovalev figured out the mistakes he made in the first fight by going to the body and being the aggressor. Both fighters had their moments. The fight at the Mandalay Bay resort is being held in a smaller arena than the first, and pay-per-view sales are expected to be tepid. Conor McGregor and Mayweather may be dominating the headlines this week, but this was the matchup to care about (along with GGG/Canelo). "I didn't feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. It is what it is". It's an interesting development with the two power punching terrors of the sport in their last couple bouts: Opponents have proven that if you take the fight to Kovalev and Gennady Golovkin at tactical intervals, they suddenly aren't quite so fearsome.

Kovalev fought well against Ward and deserves tremendous credit for doing so. "I know you've got a lot of people who say 'oh, that's suicide.' But there are some things about Anthony Joshua that I see, that makes me think he can outbox Anthony Joshua". "I don't like this guy".

When asked, in the aftermath of his victory over Kovalev, whether a bout with Joshua could be arranged, Ward replied: 'Anything is possible. He's not happy about what he said were racist overtones in videos sent out by Kovalev and his team, and unhappy Kovalev keeps questioning the legitimacy of his win in the first fight.

"I could have continued", Kovalev said. Watch the fight on June 17 on HBO Pay Per View.

"It didn't hurt like I could go down on the floor, but it was a low blow", said Kovalev.

After some debate, and viewing several replays, Drakulich ruled the final blow was on the bell and called the fight a KO for the WBA super-bantamweight champion. But I knew what was going to happen because he (Ward) was healthy.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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