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Andre Ward Makes His Point Against Sergey Kovalev

Ward met Kovalev for a second time after their first fight this past November ended in a very close, controversial decision that many scored for the Russian. It doesn’t mean you stop a fight every time somebody gets hurt.”I could tell he was reacting to my body shots and I knew I had him then”, Ward said.The former super middleweight champ, Ward is unbeaten in 31 fights; Kovalev is 30-1-1.Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events said, “He got hit with three low blows”.“I am looking forward to making a statement in this fight, and removing any doubt that may be out there, ” Ward said. “Why stop the fight?”Oakland’s Ward, meanwhile, just wants to keep the party going. At the time of the stoppage Ward led on two of the three judges’ cards. This was by far the hardest punch Ward would land in the 19 rounds against Sergey.The verdict was only confirmed after a long review during which referee Vic Drakulich initially suggested he would rule the fight a no-contest, due to Rigondeaux holding Flores behind the head and possibly landing the knockout punch after the bell, while Flores was criticised by some observers who suggested he had exaggerated the effect of the knockout punch. Each round in the duel was as close as they come as Kovalev was largely the aggressor behind his jab while Ward landed scattered blows between constant clinching.Kovalev himself could not contain his anger at his post-fight press conference, calling the refereeing of the fight “bull****”.”When you talk about a guy of Floyd Mayweather’s level and value in the sport in the things like that, I mean the lawsuit if that ever happened would, you know, Conor likes money, man, and Conor would depart with a lot of money if that ever happened”.As for the rest of the action beforehand, it was plenty entertaining, with both fighters engaging in a furiously competitive sequel.There’s reportedly a sense that Ward vs lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson could be a go, despite rival network affiliations.’I don’t think Kovalev complained about it, he was in a submissive position. Ward added. “Of course, I hope so, but I don’t get a vote, and hopefully we top that pound-for-pound list now”. In that fight Ward came back from a second round knockdown to win a decision by one point on all three ringside scorecards. Ward was considered someone who could frustrate Kovalev with his game, but early on it was Ward who was frustrated, and Kovalev’s power really put him on his heels. I’m expecting his best. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight”. It spilled over into an acrimonious buildup to the rematch, but Ward let it go after Saturday’s fight.”I could have continued”, Kovalev said.”Can I ask a question?”They weren’t low blows. Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter said that he believes Ward can out box unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.While Ward will make $6.5 million in the fight, Kovalev has agreed to fight for a percentage of the tickets and pay-per-view money instead of a purse. I sparred 107 rounds for the first fight.