Kovalev calls for third Ward bout after controversial stoppage

Kovalev calls for third Ward bout after controversial stoppage

Kovalev calls for third Ward bout after controversial stoppage

"He's really lucky, 'Son of Judges, '" Kovalev said of Ward, playing off Ward's nickname, "Son of God".

The 34-year-old Kovalev would like a rematch despite losing to Ward for the second straight time in seven months.

Wow, right on Max! [Kovalev] got hit with three low blows, four actually, in the last round.

He was right on both counts.

According to CompuBox, Ward outlanded Kovalev 80-74 in total punches over that span while landing 39 percent of his punches. "I don't want to say my opinion, witnesses are here". If he doesn't, Ward is going to out-box him over 12 rounds and win a decision about which no one can complain. This time, Ward started his game plan early, but as we will see, the way the fight ended may leave doubt in the minds of some.

Sergey Kovalev continues to show a distinct lack of class, walking out of major press conferences, accusing all of lying on him when his history of racism is both accurate and obvious. He was trying to cover up his body. "I knew he was hurt". "Then the referee stopped the fight". "It didn't hurt like I could go down on the floor but it was a low blow", Kovalev said. "I'm right where I need to be". "I didn't feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. Why stop the fight?"

This is shameful for him and the whole boxing. But I knew the temperament that I was fighting. Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) fought tooth and nail with his Russian counterpart as they connected with powerful punches to the head and waged a war of attrition on the inside.

This was an event dripping in bad blood. His friend, Kevin Durant, and most of the Warriors will be ringside at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, two days after the team's championship parade in Oakland. And how will Kovalev respond following the first knockout defeat of his pro career?

Andre Ward defeated Sergey Kovalev in the rematch, completely without deserving. But the fight is going to happen, so it's time to report on what we are hopeful doesn't turn out to be the ridiculously one-sided bout most are predicting. The rematch seemed just as close until Ward landed the right hand that caused Kovalev's legs to wobble. As the cheers grew louder and Ward's supporters rose to their feet, a body blow was landed. That meant Ward was the light heavyweight champion.Few moments in sports are more stark or dramatic.

"If there are questions marks after this, that has nothing to do with me".

It's hard to argue with him.

Kovalev was the class of the light heavyweight division since he became champion in August 2013.

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

Bivol is now 11-0 with nine knockouts and is already ranked No1 by the WBA. I'd like to see him fight Anthony Joshua.

I don't like the idea that Floyd Mayweather Jr. He didn't like him before he lost a split decision to him in 2007, and their relationship has soured ever since.

One dark episode in the history of boxing.

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