Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev referee SLAMMED for missing crucial low blows

For this week's Ringside Rewind we look back at two of Ward and Kovalev's best stoppage wins Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II Grand Arrivals
Vera Richards | 19 June, 2017, 03:06

Andre Ward speaks during a news conference Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Las Vegas.

"He was reacting to my body shots, and I knew I had him, he was hurt", said Ward (32-0), who retained the WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight titles he took from Kovalev last November.

Still, he's eager to clear up any remaining doubts when they meet Saturday night in a 175-pound title rematch. At this point, Tony Weeks stepped between the two boxers and waved the fight off, declaring Andre Ward the victor by KO. Whether the punches that came right before the end of the fight were low or not can be discussed. Some people thought I won, some people thought I lost. Many, however, don't feel as if Ward did enough to win, which is why a more convincing victory is needed for the American. 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. Referee Vic Drakulich was just getting in between the two fighters at the bell when Rigondeaux's left hand crashed into Torres' head.

It was some kind of fight. Hes not used to someone pushing the action.”.

Kovalev was credited by Compubox with throwing 407 punches to 238 for Ward, and out landing him 95-80.

"I could tell he was reacting to my body shots and I knew I had him then", Ward said. He either needs to live up to his nickname and his reputation and finish Ward, or he needs to prove that he can keep up a steady pace and outbox Ward, like he did in the early part of their first fight, over the course of 12 rounds. For him it was like fighting a heavy bag.”.

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.

Guillermo Rigondeaux on the scale during a weigh-in event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Friday, June 16, 2017.

The 33-year-old Ward extended his ideal record to 32 wins in an impressive performance, albeit with a controversial ending, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It is what it is.”.

And everyone who watched the fight could see that.

The 33-year-old American extended his ideal career record to 32 wins from 32 in an impressive performance, albeit with a controversial ending, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

"I couldn't believe it, I could win", Kovalev added.

Sergey has since deleted the video meme, but the backlash was swift from those who said that making it sound as if Ward - a devout Christian - dropped nonstop n-bombs was racist.

"He hit with four low blows", said Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs). “I dont like this guy.”.

Kovalev has voiced his displeasure about Ward in April and in recent days.

Kovalev had little to say afterward.

Mr. Ward continues to respond with the class he has always shown both inside and outside the ring. “Im not flawless but I make an effort to be an asset to the game.”. Viewers will be able to find streaming video at Sky Sports, and the undercard can be seen for free at HBO Boxing YouTube. The first bout was on pay-per-view, too, and drew only a reported 150,000 buys, despite it being an attractive matchup for boxing fans. While that is up for debate, the current reality is that Andre Ward finished off a fighter who had been feared by much of the boxing world. Ward said he noticed that and continued to go downstairs. “But Im not going to put my head out there on a platter. "So maybe one day, maybe not, but not those two".

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