Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev will meet for the second time Saturday in a fight between arguably the two best light heavyweights, but there’s a prospect on the undercard who could soon join the picture. This newspaper had Kovalev winning by a point, but Ward earned respect here. The fight at the Mandalay Bay resort is being held in a smaller arena than the first, and pay-per-view sales are expected to be tepid. “The worst mistake you can make is to underestimate an opponent’s IQ”. So if the right opportunity and the right fighter comes along, anything is possible.
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. You’re the best that ever did it.
‘How can you not stop it?
Ward’s body punches landed at a high clip. You hear it all the time – boxing’s most important punch.
Kovalev outlanded Ward, 95 to 80, overall (according to CompuBox) but expended a great deal of energy in boxing with Ward on even terms. “The public and the fans wanted it, and the fight has been delivered”.
In the second round, Ward just missed with a big right hand and then grazed Kovalev with a left-right combination – just before Ward landed a low blow and was warned by Weeks. Ward followed up by insinuating that he’s going to make Kovalev pay for what he considers undeniably racist.
“Maybe cruiserweight, I don’t know”, he said when asked about his plans. Let us know in the comments section below. Ward got into a rhythm.
Prediction: Kovalev has more power and will likely deliver the hard blows. Kovalev was angry and said that the American judges were biased toward Ward.
Those who watch the Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev boxing match live online could see a more definitive conclusion to the saga. He would defend the belt eight times, prior to losing to Ward.
He is mad, though.
So Kovalev becomes the 31st and 32nd fighter to have a bad night against Ward, who has never lost and now has a legitimate chance to retire unbeaten.
I know I will get my belts back, Kovalev said. The people around him did.
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.
De La Hoya despises Floyd Mayweather. (49-0, 26 KOs) and Conor McGregor are going to tangle August 26 in Las Vegas. Kovalev, though, is more nuanced and versatile than Stevenson.
One thing is certain, McGregor is no wimp.
“It’s absolutely true”, White said. “I think that would be a very interesting fight”, Hunter said. White discounted that notion. “Am I number one now?”
Kovalev’s contract has yet to be filed with the Nevada Athletic Commission, but it’s said he is due a 75 per cent share of the overall take for Main Events, his long-time promoter, in lieu of a base purse. I know it sounds insane when you’re light-heavyweight and I’m not the biggest light-heavyweight. “So, yes, that will not happen”.