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Sergey Kovalev promoter incensed by low blows during Ward TKO

On Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, unified light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) showed once again why he’s the best boxer pound for pound as he defeated Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) by 8th round TKO in their rematch.Kovalev lost a close points decision to Ward back in November and forced a rematch after a number of pundits and fans scored the fight to him.Complaints by Kovalev about another low blow were ignored by referee Weeks and Ward seized upon his pained opponent, uncorking a huge right that left him on unsteady legs.An eighth-round win via a controversial technical knockout took Ward to 32 wins from 32 in his career and the 33-year-old then set his sights on climbing the weight classes.”But when you are facing a great fighter you have to raise your game to the next level”.This time, however, Ward sought to erase doubts regarding the legitimacy of his first win by intelligently boxing Kovalev before wearing him down with shots to the body.Ward was leading by one point on two of three judges’ scorecards when the fight ended, while Kovalev had a three-point bulge on one card thanks to an effective early start. Kovalev was in the neutral corner and Ward was landing shots to the body when the Russian sat on the ring rope and referee Tony Weeks signaled an end to the bout at 2:29 of the eighth. But a fading Kovalev saw his exit from the fight come quickly in Round 8 after Ward began his attack with a left hook to the belt line that could’ve been considered low. At this point, Tony Weeks stepped between the two boxers and waved the fight off, declaring Andre Ward the victor by KO.”Why stop the fight?” he said.Kovalev starts off with a big flurry of short body punches.As for Kovalev, he was calling for a rematch. Yes, he punched me but I didn’t feel it. I have a lot of respect for Kovalev. “I said Andre was in the best shape of his life and that he was as motivated as he has ever been for a fight in his life”.Andre Ward landed a clean counter right hand to the chin of Kovalev which had the boxer nicknamed “Krusher” visibly shaken. To Ward he just resembles a bigger dragon.”I do really well against big fighters because of my stamina, because I may not physically be the biggest but I’m strong”.Kovalev was the much busier of the two from the opening bell of the entertaining fight.When asked, in the aftermath of his victory over Kovalev, whether a bout with Joshua could be arranged, Ward replied: ‘Anything is possible. “When I hit him with the last one he didn’t react”.”I knew this time it was going to be different”, Ward said.It led to bitter feelings on both sides – Kovalev feeling he was robbed, and Ward feeling he got no credit for the victory. Now he’s a good kid, I do him and he’s swell but I’m telling you.According to CompuBox punch statistics, Ward landed only 80 of 238 punches (34 percent); Kovalev landed 95 of 407 (23 percent). Tony Bellew-a fighter whom Ward is objectively better than in every way, was able to make the leap from failed 175 pounder to victor over top heavyweight David Haye. A great night for the Wards. Who knows? He will enjoy the moment.