Andre Ward beats Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas rematch

Kovalev lands a hard uppercut to Ward and is landing much cleaner and better shots than in the last few rounds.Ward, a 33-year-old native of Oakland California, began to wear Kovalev down in Round 5 with shots to the body. As Ward cuts some weight to make the light-heavyweight limit, however, the real disparity in weight is unlikely to be that dramatic. It was a crashing right hand to the head that badly hurt Kovalev and started the assault the that finished the fight.”I know it sounds insane when you’re light-heavyweight and I’m not the biggest light-heavyweight. It takes something to do something”. Ward hurts Kovalev with a left hand and Ward is throwing a number of combos to the body has Kovalev wobbled up.”When I saw him react to the body shots that were borderline, I knew I had him”, he said.”Go back down there”.Amid the fall-out of the official confirmation of Floyd Mayweather coming out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor, one of the most eagerly awaited fights goes down tonight. “Then the referee stopped the fight”.He added that he wants an “immediate” rematch because he felt he got hit with a series of low blows in the eighth round.Ah, but those low blows. “We’ll file a protest on Monday”. He will pay for everything; I promise you. The first was Chad Dawson. “But we landed the cleaner punches”, said Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter.The Russian lost their first fight on points in November to relinquish the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight titles to Ward, despite several pundits believing Kovalev was the victor.Indeed, the win boosted Ward to 32-0 and marked his 16th stoppage in a career that’s now six months past its 12th birthday, stretching back to when he came out of the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece, with the only USA boxing gold medal.What Kovalev, of Russian Federation, needs to do is figure out how to get through Ward’s defense, period. “I was empty in the first fight”.’I thought the stoppage was bad, ‘ said Malignaggi.Ward also had his share of supporters, with USA Today, the New York Post and former boxer Paulie Malignaggi siding with the American. At the highest level, you’re going to face adversity.This time there was no early knockdown and no early dominance from either man, but there was a conclusive outcome. “Am I No. 1 now?”Still, for a fighter who spent most of his career at super-middleweight, Parker would provide a tough test. Close round I give it to Kovalev. I could have still been fighting. Yes, he punched me but I didn’t feel it.”I could have continued”, Kovalev said. This is fighting. We are boxers. It didn’t hurt me.”He’s really lucky, ‘Son of Judges, ‘ ” Kovalev said of Ward, twisting Ward’s “Son of God” nickname.A massive right hook to the chin that followed from Ward left no doubt and sent Kovalev scrambling to the ropes.”I couldn’t believe it”, Kovalev told HBO in the ring.According to CompuBox punch statistics, Ward landed only 80 of 238 punches (34 percent) but made them count; Kovalev landed 95 of 407 (23 percent). “Krusher” covered up and slumped over, but two more punches came from Ward and they both were on the border.”Can I ask a question? Am I No. 1 now?”From there, Kovalevwho grew more anxious over the course of the bout, no doubt contributing to his stamina fade – didn’t seem to want to be in the fight anymore.Ward wasn’t interested in responding to Duva’s and Kovalev’s comments after the fight.The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view, which has some in boxing scratching their heads.The undefeated interim WBA light-heavyweight champion showed speed and power in abundance until referee Russell Mora had seen enough. Ward, meanwhile, didn’t rule out a third bout with his rival, but intimated that he is thinking about moving up to cruiserweight and possibly heavyweight. “We’re very proud of him”. Ward wasn’t talking that way Saturday night. The Ring magazine ranks these two as the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. “You kind of see a theme in his fights. This makes this controversy even bigger, because who could have known what would happen.