One judge had Kovalev up by four rounds, while the two others had Ward up by a round each. They have reduced him.
Referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight with 31 seconds left in the eighth with Kovalev kneeling down from what he said was a low blow. "This is fantastic", Kovalev said.
The reactions naturally ranged from "Ward cheated, Kovalev got screwed" to "There were no low blows, Kovalev is a pussy", because not many people in boxing are game for considering a world that's less than black and white.
Good luck with that.
Ward appeared to hit Kovalev with several low blows before securing the stoppage victory when referee Tony Weeks called the fight in the eighth round.
I know I will get my belts back, Kovalev said.
Andre Ward defeated Sergey Kovalev in the rematch, completely without deserving. But it's unbelievable how people are always going to say something. I'm blessed to get this win, but I thought it would happen. I'm just going to leave it at that. Ward, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, hasnt lost since age 12, though Kovalev is convinced there should be one big loss on his record.
The victory was disputed as television replays showed Rigondeaux landed a left hand after the round-ending bell had rang. Torres fell, although some felt he was flopping to prompt a disqualification.
"It's not fair", said Flores, who is now 25-1. With his opponent reeling, Ward went on the assault and threw the kitchen sink at his foe. He changed conditioning coaches for that objective. At least Kovalev would finish with a flourish. Ward, smelling blood, began to punish Kovalev's body and eventually earned the stoppage at 2:29 of Round 8.
Kovalev starts out jabbing and they fall into a clinch. If a bank robber goes to the bank and steals $1 million dollars and knows he can get away with it, guess what?
Denial is common among boxing's losers, but it does not toughen Kovalev's persona. In his previous fight against Ward in November 2016, Kovalev received $2 million while Ward got $5 million.
Following his win, Ward mentioned the possibility of even testing higher weight divisions but for now he'll celebrate his TKO over Kovalev while shutting the door on that rivalry for the time being. "We didn't say anything about it".
"Once I compute a fighter in my brain, I know what to do the next time around", he told Kellerman.
"I'm not going to be distracted by the talk".
"I think that would be a very interesting fight". I was posing. In there and getting hit.
"(Andre's) IQ speaks for itself", his longtime trainer, Virgil Hunter, said. "I see him outboxing Anthony Joshua, there are some things about Joshua that I see".
Ward shot back: "Don't you point your finger at me".
The rematch is as intriguing as the first fight, when the question was whether Kovalevs vaunted power would carry the day against a fighter who never really excites fans but always leaves the ring with his hand raised. A great night for the Wards. This time I will not be empty - Ward will be fighting Krusher. What's next? Cruiserweight? Heavyweight?
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