Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Ward celebrates big win while Kovalev plans protest

Ward celebrates big win while Kovalev plans protest

But as the time went by, Ward was adapting more and more, eventually turning this fight into his advantage.

Things changed dramatically in the eighth round.

But Kovalev enjoyed success with his own clubbing right fist in the second round, despite receiving a low blow, and a string of stinging jabs seemed to be troubling Ward in the third. Yes, we turned the caption on, to make this more noticeable, since many media are putting this behind, focusing just on Ward's victory.

The 2004 American Olympic gold medalist, who fought far more aggressively this time around, sensed Kovalev was in trouble and went in for the kill. Kovalev sat on the ring rope, and the referee signaled an end to the bout at 2:29 of the eighth round.

The Cuban-born Rigondeaux was announced the victor, but after the fight Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett told broadcaster HBO that they might have to review the decision. And they laughed at me. I'd like to see him fight Anthony Joshua. "We had a good camp last time, we had some physical issues". Obviously, Kovalev had entered the first fight between the two without a loss on his record.

Ward had received a hotly disputed points victory in their first fight and there will be fresh debate after he retained his WBA "super", IBF and WBO belts.

Kovalev kept complaining to the referee he was being hit low and the referee, at least once, replied, "On the belt, on the belt".

After the fight, Ward gave Kovalev his credit and admitted he was the most hard opponent of his career.

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"He's a great fighter, not a lot of people are going to beat him", Ward said. I really don't have anything to say on what happened. "I knew he was hurt". "I didn't feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. It takes something to do something".

Moreover, a low blow that pulverizes a fighter is a punch to the groin a la Golota vs Bowe and Holmes vs Cooney.

Kovalev, though, had the look of a beaten man long before that.

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.

The win moved him to 32-0 and may have made him the clear-cut pound-for-pound best in the world.

He added: 'If there's question marks after this, that ain't got nothing to do with me'. "Can I get on the pound-for-pound list now at the top?" said Ward.

There was no controversy about the result or doubt about the way the fight was fought.

Kovalev was unable to gain revenge as he was stopped in round eight, although he claimed that Ward was guilty of administering several low blows.

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