Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre, 2018

Andre Ward Stops Sergey Kovalev By 8th Round TKO

Pammachio Corsino | 20 Giugno, 2017, 19:55

Ward meanwhile denied that he had crossed the line, although did admit he had come close at times. Bivol landed a left hook driving Agnew back a few steps forcing referee Russell Mora to wisely call a halt. He got $6.5 million to do so, and a hug in the ring afterward from Kevin Durant, one of several Golden State Warriors who came to the fight to see the fighter from Oakland who has taped inspirational messages for the team. All three judges scored it 114-113 after a furious rally late by Ward. While Ward may be the most intelligent and skilled boxer on the planet, there is a point at which sheer size and physical strength should negate his otherworldly boxing acumen. Kovalev is knockout puncher. Kovalev was the aggressor early behind his jab, but started to fade as the fight wore on.

"This performance was spectacular, probably one of the best we've seen in a long, long time, and he finished [Kovalev]", Yormark said. That was fine if you were auditioning for an instructor's job at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

It was a satisfying conclusion for Ward, who is not known as a big puncher but sure unleashed some firepower on the "Krusher" in the final moments. Bennett said it was a punch before the bell sounded though the replay showed it was after the round.

So they tested each other, and on Saturday, they'll do it again. "We will appeal to the commission on Monday".

"We have to try", Duva said. I went right back there again, and he wasn't reacting.

But for Ward, the big thing was the plan. "It's insane. I want to get again a fight with him". They are among the best pound-for-pound fighters and have a lot in common.

Andre Ward kept his undefeated record in tact while settling his rivalry with Sergey Kovalev once and for all on Saturday night in Las Vegas. But I knew what was going to happen because he (Ward) was healthy.


Without any hesitations, we might say that Kovalev was robbed last night.

And when the bell rang for Round 8, Ward had set the stage to make what he had constantly achieved inside much earlier the prelude to the grand finale. The match-up is fascinating; Ward exploited his speed advantage vs Kovalev, but Stevenson's quicker than Sergey. There is no discussion, the right hand is what got it started. It drove Kovalev backward. "I'm not into taking two (punches) to get one".

Andre Ward has brushed aside claims his win against Sergey Kovalev was overshadowed by a questionable stoppage decision.

Ward and Kovalev have previously met, battling out on November 19 previous year. "I wasn't hurt and I could continue". This is (expletive). I could have continued.

In the opening Kovalev outlanded Ward who did more clinching than fighting. His weight division has always been maligned but forget that right now.

Ward, an articulate African American of obvious charm, is regarded by some as the best pound for pounder in the world, a classic defensive artist in the finest American tradition. Archie Moore made frequent trips to and from heavyweight even while he was light heavyweight champion-sometimes to seek competition, sometimes to seek money, sometimes just to cave to his voracious appetite for decadent meals for a little while. All the talking is good for the fans, it's good to build it up, it's all good but anybody that knows me, knows that I'm about the action.

Jerry Izenberg is Columnist Emeritus for The Star-Ledger.

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