Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

LAS VEGAS — Andre “S.O.G.” Ward separated himself from Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev with emphatic body shots to win by technical knockout and retain the WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles on Saturday.

“I’ve never been the most talented, never the biggest, but we keep knocking down giants,” said Ward.

After two fights totaling 20 rounds Oakland’s Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) emerged the clear winner against Russia’s Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to prove his first win was no fluke.

In their first fight last November, most felt Kovalev was the winner despite Ward emerging with a unanimous decision victory. In this fight it looked to be headed in the same direction for seven rounds.

Kovalev fired his first blow to Ward’s body and once again the two became entangled after each exchange. The lanky Kovalev landed jabs and occasional rights and was the busier fighter. Ward landed the counter left hooks and rights to the body.

Round after round the two light heavyweights mirrored their first encounter, but Ward’s body shots, though seemingly on the belt and sometimes lower, affected Kovalev who looked to the referee for assistance.

It never came.

After the fifth round, body shots were “the tell” and Ward took advantage of it when the opportunities emerged.

“I felt like I was up I don’t know by how many. I could tell he was getting a little tired. When I saw him reacting to body shots that were border line I knew I had him,” said Ward.

Finally, in the eighth round, a Ward right cross connected and Kovalev looked visibly shook. Ward attacked the body with Kovalev in full retreat and looking to survive. There was no place to hide and Ward pummeled the body as Kovalev leaned against the ropes. One, two, three left hooks to the body left the Russian fighter slumped on the ropes and referee Tony Weeks stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:29 of the eighth round.

Kovalev looked surprised by the stoppage.

“He punched me but he didn’t hurt me. I don’t know why they stopped the fight,” Kovalev said adding that he wants another rematch.

Ward praised the fallen Russian fighter.

“Kovalev fought a good fight but I’m a computer fighter and I knew what I had to do,” said Ward.

Rigondeaux Win Not Final

WBA super bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs) defeated Mexico’s Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) by knockout at the end of the first round. Or did he?

The real fight between Cuba’s Rigondeaux and Mexico’s Flores took place after the match was completed as Nevada State Athletic Commission ringside officials scrambled to determine if the knockout was legal or not.

During the last 10 seconds of the first round the two super bantamweights fired combinations with Rigondeaux holding the back of Flores neck and when the bell rang both fired one last blow with the Cuban connecting and Flores going down. He would not get up.

Referee Vic Drakulich did not make a ruling. Instead, he walked around the ring looking for NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett who could not be found. Several minutes later, he was finally discovered and when told of the possibility that an illegal blow could have been the culprit for Rigondeaux’s knockout, they looked at a monitor provided by HBO to look at a replay. Bennett told Drakulich his finding and the referee told announcer Michael Buffer what to announce: Rigondeaux was the winner by knockout at the end of the first round.

Later, after HBO’s Jim Lampley and Bennett made erroneous comments regarding the timing of the blow, Max Kellerman advised everyone that the punch did connect after the bell rang. But also added both fired blows simultaneously after the bell. When Bennett was shown another replay and saw for himself that the blow was after the bell, he told HBO that it should be ruled a disqualification.

We’ll see.

Rigondeaux was nonchalant about the result and controversy.

“The Mexican was a brave kid. I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time,” said Rigondeaux.

Flores cried foul.

“It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round,” said Flores. “I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”

NSAC’s Bennett told HBO they will review the fight and see if changes are necessary.

Undercard Addendum (Arne K. Lang at Ringside)

In a 10-round light heavyweight match, Dmitry Bivol of St. Petersburg, Russia, overwhelmed Chicago’s Cedric Agnew in bout that was stopped in the fourth round with Agnew signaling that he wanted no more. It was an impressive showing by Bivol, who was reportedly 268-15 as an amateur. That being said, Agnew (29-3) fought a survivor’s fight, repeatedly allowing Bivol to corner him against the corner posts in neutral corners and fire away.

In the first of the four TV fights, Milwaukee’s Luis “Cuba” Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended his  USBA middleweight title with a fifth round stoppage of LA-based Russian Arif Magomedov. Two chopping right hands put Magomedov (18-2) on the canvas. Magomedov beat the count, but was clearly hurt. When the action resumed, Arias resumed his attack, forcing referee Robert Byrd to call it off.

In an 8-round super middleweight bout, Vaughn Alexander, the older brother of former two-division world champion Devon Alexander, halted Mexico’s Fabiano Pena who retired after the fourth round claiming an injury. The undefeated Alexander (10-0, 7 KOs) has won five straight since returning to the ring in 2016 after serving an 11-year prison sentence for armed robbery and the assault of a policeman. Pena (19-8-1) was game, but Alexander, with his chiseled physique, landed the harder punches throughout.

In an 8-round featherweight match, New Haven, CT southpaw Tramaine Williams advanced to 11-0 (4) with a second round stoppage of San Diego’s Christopher Martin 30-9-3. Williams was credited with a knockdown in the first round after pinning Martin against the ropes with a barrage of punches. He kept up the pressure in the second round and referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight.

The San Diego man reverted to form after scoring a third round knockout of Daniel “Twitch” Franco in his previous bout, albeit the stoppage did seem a bit premature. Martin sure thought so.

By David A. Avila

LAS VEGAS — Andre “S.O.G.” Ward separated himself from Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev with emphatic body shots to win by technical knockout and retain the WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles on Saturday.

“I’ve never been the most talented, never the biggest, but we keep knocking down giants,” said Ward.

After two fights totaling 20 rounds Oakland’s Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) emerged the clear winner against Russia’s Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to prove his first win was no fluke.

In their first fight last November, most felt Kovalev was the winner despite Ward emerging with a unanimous decision victory. In this fight it looked to be headed in the same direction for seven rounds.

Kovalev fired his first blow to Ward’s body and once again the two became entangled after each exchange. The lanky Kovalev landed jabs and occasional rights and was the busier fighter. Ward landed the counter left hooks and rights to the body.

Round after round the two light heavyweights mirrored their first encounter, but Ward’s body shots, though seemingly on the belt and sometimes lower, affected Kovalev who looked to the referee for assistance.

It never came.

After the fifth round, body shots were “the tell” and Ward took advantage of it when the opportunities emerged.

“I felt like I was up I don’t know by how many. I could tell he was getting a little tired. When I saw him reacting to body shots that were border line I knew I had him,” said Ward.

Finally, in the eighth round, a Ward right cross connected and Kovalev looked visibly shook. Ward attacked the body with Kovalev in full retreat and looking to survive. There was no place to hide and Ward pummeled the body as Kovalev leaned against the ropes. One, two, three left hooks to the body left the Russian fighter slumped on the ropes and referee Tony Weeks stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:29 of the eighth round.

Kovalev looked surprised by the stoppage.

“He punched me but he didn’t hurt me. I don’t know why they stopped the fight,” Kovalev said adding that he wants another rematch.

Ward praised the fallen Russian fighter.

“Kovalev fought a good fight but I’m a computer fighter and I knew what I had to do,” said Ward.

Rigondeaux Win Not Final

WBA super bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs) defeated Mexico’s Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) by knockout at the end of the first round. Or did he?

The real fight between Cuba’s Rigondeaux and Mexico’s Flores took place after the match was completed as Nevada State Athletic Commission ringside officials scrambled to determine if the knockout was legal or not.

During the last 10 seconds of the first round the two super bantamweights fired combinations with Rigondeaux holding the back of Flores neck and when the bell rang both fired one last blow with the Cuban connecting and Flores going down. He would not get up.

Referee Vic Drakulich did not make a ruling. Instead, he walked around the ring looking for NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett who could not be found. Several minutes later, he was finally discovered and when told of the possibility that an illegal blow could have been the culprit for Rigondeaux’s knockout, they looked at a monitor provided by HBO to look at a replay. Bennett told Drakulich his finding and the referee told announcer Michael Buffer what to announce: Rigondeaux was the winner by knockout at the end of the first round.

Later, after HBO’s Jim Lampley and Bennett made erroneous comments regarding the timing of the blow, Max Kellerman advised everyone that the punch did connect after the bell rang. But also added both fired blows simultaneously after the bell. When Bennett was shown another replay and saw for himself that the blow was after the bell, he told HBO that it should be ruled a disqualification.

We’ll see.

Rigondeaux was nonchalant about the result and controversy.

“The Mexican was a brave kid. I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time,” said Rigondeaux.

Flores cried foul.

“It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round,” said Flores. “I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”

NSAC’s Bennett told HBO they will review the fight and see if changes are necessary.

Undercard Addendum (Arne K. Lang at Ringside)

In a 10-round light heavyweight match, Dmitry Bivol of St. Petersburg, Russia, overwhelmed Chicago’s Cedric Agnew in bout that was stopped in the fourth round with Agnew signaling that he wanted no more. It was an impressive showing by Bivol, who was reportedly 268-15 as an amateur. That being said, Agnew (29-3) fought a survivor’s fight, repeatedly allowing Bivol to corner him against the corner posts in neutral corners and fire away.

In the first of the four TV fights, Milwaukee’s Luis “Cuba” Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended his  USBA middleweight title with a fifth round stoppage of LA-based Russian Arif Magomedov. Two chopping right hands put Magomedov (18-2) on the canvas. Magomedov beat the count, but was clearly hurt. When the action resumed, Arias resumed his attack, forcing referee Robert Byrd to call it off.

In an 8-round super middleweight bout, Vaughn Alexander, the older brother of former two-div. world champion Devon Alexander, halted Mexico’s Fabiano Pena who retired after the fourth round claiming an injury. The undefeated Alexander (10-0, 7 KOs) has won five straight since returning to the ring in 2016 after serving an 11-year prison sentence for armed robbery and the assault of a policeman. Pena (19-8-1) was game, but Alexander, with his chiseled physique, landed the harder punches throughout.

In an 8-round featherweight match, New Haven, CT southpaw Tramaine Williams advanced to 11-0 (4) with a second round stoppage of San Diego’s Christopher Martin 30-9-3. Williams was credited with a knockdown in the first round after pinning Martin against the ropes with a barrage of punches. He kept up the pressure in the second round and referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight.

The San Diego man reverted to form after scoring a third round knockout of Daniel “Twitch” Franco in his previous bout, albeit the stoppage did seem a bit premature. Martin sure thought so.

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147 LBS 4 RDS: John Bauza TKO 2 Brandon Sanudo

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COMMENTS

-SuperLight :

I watched both Ward-Kovalev and Rigondeaux-Flores with no sound. First impression I got was Ward repeated his first performance against Kovalev, but with more decisive counters to the body. He was retreating much of the time, displayed some nice head movement, and threw out the odd solid jab along with his pawing, feinting and stiff forearm gauging distance. The impression I got was ref didn't let him get away with so many low blows as the first time. I thought Rigondeaux's bout should have been ruled no contest. It's the second time I can recall he's won with a cheap shot. He sure has one-punch KO power, but showing it that way is not doing him any favours. The man is master of in-out punctuated with stinging shots, and he surely would've had Flores. If any outside fighter can negate a guy's decisive height/reach advantage it would be Rigondeaux, and more's the shame the bout ended in that fashion.


-SuperLight :

I watched both Ward-Kovalev and Rigondeaux-Flores with no sound. First impression I got was Ward repeated his first performance against Kovalev, but with more decisive counters to the body. He was retreating much of the time, displayed some nice head movement, and threw out the odd solid jab along with his pawing, feinting and stiff forearm gauging distance. The impression I got was ref didn't let him get away with so many low blows as the first time. I thought Rigondeaux's bout should have been ruled no contest. It's the second time I can recall he's won with a cheap shot. He sure has one-punch KO power, but showing it that way is not doing him any favours. The man is master of in-out punctuated with stinging shots, and he surely would've had Flores. If any outside fighter can negate a guy's decisive height/reach advantage it would be Rigondeaux, and more's the shame the bout ended in that fashion.


-Kid Blast :

It's now clear (to me) that Kov has serious stamina issues. Suspected it after the first fight but never really knew because most of his fights were relatively short. In this one, his mouth was open after the fourth round even though he kept coming at Ward. Kov is highly susceptible to body work.


-Kid Blast :

BTW, Kovalev is a member of the Whiners Hall of Fame. Others include Hopkins, JMM, Cotto, Chavez Jr and Sr, etc.


-Radam G :

Krusher can go back to drinking his Vodka now. That syet and anger don't work in boksing against the best of the best. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Vodka, Espionage, Career ending threats, racial slurs (against a man whose father is white), No shows by both men at seperate publicity events, ... and the only promotion that truly got filtered through to the public was the seething animosity each combatant felt for one another. (Thanks for being the villian Krusher) I was sitting on the fence when the fight started due to Ward's tentativeness and lackluster footwork in the first fight) Who knew until the final weeks before the fight that Ward couldnt jog because he had to have fliuid drained from his knees during the training camp of their first meeting...yet Kovalev complained of a lack of stamina in their first encounter because of his physical training regime. Personally I never thought of Kovalev being the type of fighter who gasses...we've all seen the videos of Kovalev doing yoga, Pilates and twisting in mid-air on an elliptical machine. The Krusher has always been promoted as a cutting edge trained physical specimen. But he won 99% of his fights slowly stalking his opponents like a Russian version of Tommy Hearns. The problem with the crusher is that he can't fight at the same pace as Ward. Fighting Ward is nothing like walking down an old B-hop or retiring a faded Pascal within the distance. Ward looked stronger, bigger .... committed and relentless, the former 168pounder amped up the pace like a 175lbs version of Erroll Spence. (Which is how he always fought) In one vid leading up the fight Ward said he was going to cook him a microwave. Virgil and his team said that Ward was training to stop the Krusher.. Of course I shook my head after hearing that....thinking the mind games have really gone out of control. Yet that's what Ward did....it was remarkable. ...move over Floyd, Crawford, Gennady and Lomanchenko (at least until you do the same to equal opposition) And dont feel sorry for Roc Nation who manages and markets dozens of NBA and NFL stars, in addition to managing numerous entertainers... So what if only 120 people bought the fight. Ward's 6 million dollar check is probably less than what JayZ'll pay for Beyonc?s next birthday party... And if Kovalev wasnt trying to touch his toes while trying to drape his pelvis over Wards incoming body blows the ref probably would have penalized Ward... Not that it would have done any good. The fight (which was about dead even) was already over the very first time the Krusher teared up and cried to the ref. (Which is exactly what I said to my company as we watched Kovalev. coming apart at the seams) I'll end your career.....who said that? Lol.... Any it was a fantastic fight...Ward has ascended to being one of the p4p best.


-brownsugar :

Vodka, Espionage, Career ending threats, racial slurs (against a man whose father is white), No shows by both men at seperate publicity events, ... and the only promotion that truly got filtered through to the public was the seething animosity each combatant felt for one another. (Thanks for being the villian Krusher) I was sitting on the fence when the fight started due to Ward's tentativeness and lackluster footwork in the first fight) Who knew until the final weeks before the fight that Ward couldnt jog because he had to have fliuid drained from his knees during the training camp of their first meeting...yet Kovalev complained of a lack of stamina in their first encounter because of his physical training regime. Personally I never thought of Kovalev being the type of fighter who gasses...we've all seen the videos of Kovalev doing yoga, Pilates and twisting in mid-air on an elliptical machine. The Krusher has always been promoted as a cutting edge trained physical specimen. But he won 99% of his previous fights by slowly stalking his opponents like a Russian version of Tommy Hearns. The problem with the crusher is that he can't fight at the same pace as Ward. Fighting Ward is nothing like walking down an old B-hop or retiring a faded Pascal within the distance. Ward looked stronger, bigger .... committed and relentless, the former 168pounder amped up the pace like a 175lbs version of Erroll Spence. (Which is how Ward always fought) In one vid leading up the fight Ward said he was going to cook Kovalev in a microwave like a chicken. Virgil and his team said that Ward was training to stop the Krusher.. Of course I shook my head after hearing that....thinking the mind games have really gone out of control. Yet that's what Ward did....it was remarkable. ...move over Floyd, Crawford, Gennady and Lomanchenko (at least until you do the same to equal opposition) And dont feel sorry for Roc Nation who manages and markets dozens of NBA and NFL stars, in addition to managing numerous entertainers... So what if only 120 people bought the fight. Ward's 6 million dollar check is probably less than what JayZ'll pay for Beyonc?s next birthday party... And if Kovalev wasnt trying to touch his toes while trying to drape his pelvis over Wards incoming body blows the ref probably would have probably penalized Ward... Not that it would have done any good. The fight (which was about dead even) was already over the very first time the Krusher teared up and cried to the ref. (Which is exactly what I said to my company as we watched Kovalev. coming apart at the seams) I'll end your career.....who said that? Lol...any way it was a fantastic fight...Ward has ascended to being one of the p4p best.


-brownsugar :

Vodka, Espionage, Career ending threats, racial slurs (against a man whose father is white), No shows by both men at seperate publicity events, ... and the only promotion that truly got filtered through to the public was the seething animosity each combatant felt for one another. (Thanks for being the villian Krusher) I was sitting on the fence when the fight started due to Ward's tentativeness and lackluster footwork in the first fight) Who knew until the final weeks before the fight that Ward couldnt jog because he had to have fliuid drained from his knees during the training camp of their first meeting...yet Kovalev complained of a lack of stamina in their first encounter because of his physical training regime. Personally I never thought of Kovalev being the type of fighter who gasses...we've all seen the videos of Kovalev doing yoga, Pilates and twisting in mid-air on an elliptical machine. The Krusher has always been promoted as a cutting edge trained physical specimen. But he won 99% of his previous fights by slowly stalking his opponents like a Russian version of Tommy Hearns. The problem with the crusher is that he can't fight at the same pace as Ward. Fighting Ward is nothing like walking down an old B-hop or retiring a faded Pascal within the distance. Ward looked stronger, bigger .... committed and relentless, the former 168pounder amped up the pace like a 175lbs version of Erroll Spence. (Which is how Ward always fought) In one vid leading up the fight Ward said he was going to cook Kovalev in a microwave like a chicken. Virgil and his team said that Ward was training to stop the Krusher.. Of course I shook my head after hearing that....thinking the mind games have really gone out of control. Yet that's what Ward did....it was remarkable. ...move over Floyd, Crawford, Gennady and Lomanchenko (at least until you do the same to equal opposition) And dont feel sorry for Roc Nation who manages and markets dozens of NBA and NFL stars, in addition to managing numerous entertainers... So what if only 120 people bought the fight. Ward's 6 million dollar check is probably less than what JayZ'll pay for Beyonc?s next birthday party... And if Kovalev wasnt trying to touch his toes while trying to drape his pelvis over Wards incoming body blows the ref probably would have probably penalized Ward... Not that it would have done any good. The fight (which was about dead even) was already over the very first time the Krusher teared up and cried to the ref. (Which is exactly what I said to my company as we watched Kovalev. coming apart at the seams) I'll end your career.....who said that? Lol...any way it was a fantastic fight...Ward has ascended to being one of the p4p best.


-stormcentre :

:)


-brownsugar :

:)
Yep Ward was eating Kovalev's excellent jab and caught a few glancing rights, but Ward traded him at least have a dozen cracking fight hands to the head and or body in devastating fashion by the fifth round (systematically breaking him down)...usually accompanied by a whipping left hook and a lunging jab to the pit of the stomach... Wards skill was off the charts. Ward turned into the puncher, and Kovalev turned his back twice while attempting to call his own break by claiming a beltline was low. ...unbelievable..... on the otherhand Rigo should have ben DQ'd I cant get over how awesome Wards performance was.


-brownsugar :

:)
Yep Ward was eating Kovalev's excellent jab and caught a few glancing rights, but Ward traded him at least have a dozen cracking right hands to the head and or body in devastating fashion by the fifth round (systematically breaking him down)...usually accompanied by a whipping left hook and a lunging jab to the pit of the stomach... Wards skill was off the charts. Ward turned into the puncher, and Kovalev turned his back twice while attempting to call his own break by claiming a beltline was low. ...unbelievable..... on the otherhand Rigo should have ben DQ'd I cant get over how awesome Wards performance was.


-brownsugar :

:)
Yep Ward was eating Kovalev's excellent jab and caught a few glancing rights, but Ward traded him at least have a dozen cracking fight hands to the head and or body in devastating fashion by the fifth round (systematically breaking him down)...usually accompanied by a whipping left hook and a lunging jab to the pit of the stomach... Wards skill was off the charts. Ward turned into the puncher, and Kovalev turned his back twice while attempting to call his own break by claiming a beltline shot was low. ...unbelievable..... on the otherhand Rigo should have ben DQ'd I cant get over how awesome Wards performance was.


-brownsugar :

:)
Yep Ward was eating Kovalev's excellent jab and caught a few glancing rights, but Ward traded him at least have a dozen cracking fight hands to the head and or body in devastating fashion by the fifth round (systematically breaking him down)...usually accompanied by a whipping left hook and a lunging jab to the pit of the stomach... Wards skill was off the charts. Ward turned into the puncher, and Kovalev turned his back twice while attempting to call his own break by claiming a beltline shot was low. ...unbelievable..... on the otherhand Rigo should have ben DQ'd I cant get over how awesome Wards performance was.


-amayseng :

Yep Ward was eating Kovalev's excellent jab and caught a few glancing rights, but Ward traded him at least have a dozen cracking fight hands to the head and or body in devastating fashion by the fifth round (systematically breaking him down)...usually accompanied by a whipping left hook and a lunging jab to the pit of the stomach... Wards skill was off the charts. Ward turned into the puncher, and Kovalev turned his back twice while attempting to call his own break by claiming a beltline shot was low. ...unbelievable..... on the otherhand Rigo should have ben DQ'd I cant get over how awesome Wards performance was.
Garbage and corruption. Before that right hand Ward hot Kovalev so LOW that he himself stopped fighting and Weeks the racist said continue. As an italian American i have had enough of this bullshit racism. Its fukng disgusting. Ward was losing 5- 2 maybe 6- 1 depending on the first round, i have been a ward fan for a decade, look back at my posts in the super six, but **** this corruption. This sport is garbage The ropes can not hold u up that should have been a counted knocldown with a COUNT since the racist ref did NOT count the 3 low blows. But a stoppage??? The two elite boxers in the world of FIGHTING and he stops it like that hahah. Its bullshit. Anyone agreeing with this **** is tainted. **** this disgusting sport. Seriously Garbage sport Bring on Mayweather Mcg at least we know what we are getting, entertainment


-KO Digest :

Rigo should've been disqualified. Ward's attack aided by K's pathetic capitulation.


-brownsugar :

Garbage and corruption. Before that right hand Ward hot Kovalev so LOW that he himself stopped fighting and Weeks the racist said continue. As an italian American i have had enough of this bullshit racism. Its fukng disgusting. Ward was losing 5- 2 maybe 6- 1 depending on the first round, i have been a ward fan for a decade, look back at my posts in the super six, but **** this corruption. This sport is garbage The ropes can not hold u up that should have been a counted knocldown with a COUNT since the racist ref did NOT count the 3 low blows. But a stoppage??? The two elite boxers in the world of FIGHTING and he stops it like that hahah. Its bullshit. Anyone agreeing with this **** is tainted. **** this disgusting sport. Seriously Garbage sport Bring on Mayweather Mcg at least we know what we are getting, entertainment
Believe whatever you want...I know what I saw...one of the best 175 pounders since Michael Spinks. If it's racism you claim.... It would have to include the entire Nevada Commission who upheld the decision of Tony Weeks. Ultimately its their decision and they agreed. Which they have already posted. So your claim has no merit...Ward and Weeks do not control the Commission. SORRY ....NO EXCUSES!! Your fighter could not continue although I wouldnt have minded if the ref gave Kovalev a chance to get punished for another round.


-ArneK. :

For whatever it's worth, all three judges were white. Two had Ward up by a point through the seven completed rounds and the other had Kovalev ahead by "3." On my card, I had Kovalev up by one point. But if he had survived the eighth, he would have been down by a point on my card and he would have been swimming uphill. One punch, which came out of the blue, turned the whole fight around. Variously described in post-fight reports as a straight right, a right cross, and a right hook (it wasn't a hook), it shook Kovalev to his boots. Heading into the second half of the fight (and here I agree with Ted Sares) Ward struck me as the fresher man. But we have all seen occasions where a boxer got a second wind. I wouldn't mind a third fight, but I'm quite certain that won't happen, at least not anytime soon.


-ArneK. :

For whatever it's worth, all three judges were white. Two had Ward up by a point through the seven completed rounds and the other had Kovalev ahead by "3." On my card, I had Kovalev up by one point. But if he had survived the eighth, he would have been down by a point on my card and he would have been swimming uphill. One punch, which came out of the blue, turned the whole fight around. Variously described in post-fight reports as a straight right, a right cross, and a right hook (it wasn't a hook), it shook Kovalev to his boots. Heading into the second half of the fight (and here I agree with Ted Sares) Ward struck me as the fresher man. But we have all seen occasions where a boxer got a second wind. I wouldn't mind a third fight, but I'm quite certain that won't happen, at least not anytime soon.


-amayseng :

Believe whatever you want...I know what I saw...one of the best 175 pounders since Michael Spinks. If it's racism you claim.... It would have to include the entire Nevada Commission who upheld the decision of Tony Weeks. Ultimately its their decision and they agreed. Which they have already posted. So your claim has no merit...Ward and Weeks do not control the Commission. SORRY ....NO EXCUSES!! Your fighter could not continue although I wouldnt have minded if the ref gave Kovalev a chance to get punished for another round.
They are both my fighters. Not one or the other. Just because I feel kov won the first fight and was robbed and worse this time. Could not continue how not? What a joke. Count him out. Make him quit. Corruption is disgusting. Look at round 6 not one warning for excessive holding. Disgusting. The sport is corrupted and garbage.


-amayseng :

Believe whatever you want...I know what I saw...one of the best 175 pounders since Michael Spinks. If it's racism you claim.... It would have to include the entire Nevada Commission who upheld the decision of Tony Weeks. Ultimately its their decision and they agreed. Which they have already posted. So your claim has no merit...Ward and Weeks do not control the Commission. SORRY ....NO EXCUSES!! Your fighter could not continue although I wouldnt have minded if the ref gave Kovalev a chance to get punished for another round.
They are both my fighters. Not one or the other. Just because I feel kov won the first fight and was robbed and worse this time. Could not continue how not? What a joke. Count him out. Make him quit. Corruption is disgusting. Look at round 6 not one warning for excessive holding. All those low blows and nothing. Disgusting. The sport is corrupted and garbage. U seriously are ok with this corruption of the sport u love just because ur guy won? Gross.


-KO Digest :

Ironic to me that Weisfeld would be so off.


-amayseng :

Ironic to me that Weisfeld would be so off.
After being robbed Ward gets a black ref and 3 American judges. Hahahahaha This sport is terrible.


-amayseng :

Ironic to me that Weisfeld would be so off.
After being robbed Ward gets a black ref and 3 American judges. Hahahahaha This sport is terrible.


-KO Digest :

Because Ward was up in rounds. 4-3 on my unbiased card. And pulling away dramatically...


-amayseng :

Because Ward was up in rounds. 4-3 on my unbiased card. And pulling away dramatically...
then let him pull away this is boxing this is a sport no one predicts the future. They say kovalev was gassed last fight but he clearly won round 10 and 12. Two of the best in the world can't predict the future in round 8


-KO Digest :

Nope, some people do predict the future.


-brownsugar :

They are both my fighters. Not one or the other. Just because I feel kov won the first fight and was robbed and worse this time. Could not continue how not? What a joke. Count him out. Make him quit. Corruption is disgusting. Look at round 6 not one warning for excessive holding. All those low blows and nothing. Disgusting. The sport is corrupted and garbage. U seriously are ok with this corruption of the sport u love just because ur guy won? Gross.
Yes I am perfectly fine with the proceedings except that I wanted to see Ward t-off on the crusher a little more. And I am perfectly fine with your opinion, although I dont think it has merit. No racism under any circumstances ... When Kovalev began turning his back and looking for timeouts from the ref he was defeated at that moment and was relieved with no protest when the fight was out..... even when interviewed after the fight. It wasnt until the post presser that Kovalev began making some noise. But the damage has been done. His competitors have learned that Kovalev is extremely talented and a fantastic boxer but they also know that he has a very finite tolerance for pain...and they will force him to visit that place again.


-Kid Blast :

Plus he lacks stamina


-Kid Blast :

Yes I am perfectly fine with the proceedings except that I wanted to see Ward t-off on the crusher a little more. And I am perfectly fine with your opinion, although I dont think it has merit. No racism under any circumstances ... When Kovalev began turning his back and looking for timeouts from the ref he was defeated at that moment and was relieved with no protest when the fight was out..... even when interviewed after the fight. It wasnt until the post presser that Kovalev began making some noise. But the damage has been done. His competitors have learned that Kovalev is extremely talented and a fantastic boxer but they also know that he has a very finite tolerance for pain...and they will force him to visit that place again.
Great post. I shall steal it with your permission?


-Kid Blast :

Yes I am perfectly fine with the proceedings except that I wanted to see Ward t-off on the crusher a little more. And I am perfectly fine with your opinion, although I dont think it has merit. No racism under any circumstances ... When Kovalev began turning his back and looking for timeouts from the ref he was defeated at that moment and was relieved with no protest when the fight was out..... even when interviewed after the fight. It wasnt until the post presser that Kovalev began making some noise. But the damage has been done. His competitors have learned that Kovalev is extremely talented and a fantastic boxer but they also know that he has a very finite tolerance for pain...and they will force him to visit that place again.
Great post. I shall steal it with your permission?


-brownsugar :

Great post. I shall steal it with your permission?
Lol...you never need my permission in the TSS.


-Kid Blast :

Lol...you never need my permission in the TSS.
Whew! It's now on several sites lol


-Kid Blast :

Lol...you never need my permission in the TSS.
Whew! It's now on several sites lol


-Skibbz :

So what if only 120 people bought the fight. Ward's 6 million dollar check is probably less than what JayZ'll pay for Beyonc?s next birthday party...
Easily the line of the thread.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Some people need to stop hating. How is race now a part of the equation because Ward won? He broke Kovalev down mentally and stopped him long before the fight took place last Saturday. With all that Kovalev had going during his training camp regarding the integrity of his trainer and the fear of gassing out proved to be too much for the Krusher to overcome. I predicted that Ward would win, but never fathomed by TKO/KO. Ward just cemented his legacy as one of the best fighters of this generation and arguably all-time. Haters eat your heart out and stop with the racist conspiracy theories. It was the black ref that made Kovalev punk out........GTFOH!


-Kid Blast :

Some people need to stop hating. How is race now a part of the equation because Ward won? He broke Kovalev down mentally and stopped him long before the fight took place last Saturday. With all that Kovalev had going during his training camp regarding the integrity of his trainer and the fear of gassing out proved to be too much for the Krusher to overcome. I predicted that Ward would win, but never fathomed by TKO/KO. Ward just cemented his legacy as one of the best fighters of this generation and arguably all-time. Haters eat your heart out and stop with the racist conspiracy theories. It was the black ref that made Kovalev punk out........GTFOH!
Amen


-Kid Blast :

Some people need to stop hating. How is race now a part of the equation because Ward won? He broke Kovalev down mentally and stopped him long before the fight took place last Saturday. With all that Kovalev had going during his training camp regarding the integrity of his trainer and the fear of gassing out proved to be too much for the Krusher to overcome. I predicted that Ward would win, but never fathomed by TKO/KO. Ward just cemented his legacy as one of the best fighters of this generation and arguably all-time. Haters eat your heart out and stop with the racist conspiracy theories. It was the black ref that made Kovalev punk out........GTFOH!
Amen


-amayseng :

Yes I am perfectly fine with the proceedings except that I wanted to see Ward t-off on the crusher a little more. And I am perfectly fine with your opinion, although I dont think it has merit. No racism under any circumstances ... When Kovalev began turning his back and looking for timeouts from the ref he was defeated at that moment and was relieved with no protest when the fight was out..... even when interviewed after the fight. It wasnt until the post presser that Kovalev began making some noise. But the damage has been done. His competitors have learned that Kovalev is extremely talented and a fantastic boxer but they also know that he has a very finite tolerance for pain...and they will force him to visit that place again.
You are perfectly fine with low blows, illegal shots, low 3 consecutive low blows stopping the fight and WORSE a stopped fight instead of a ten count as kov was on the ropes which per the rules can not hold u up from a knockdown and instead count as one? All because the guy you wanted to win, won? So you are saying you are good with illegal shots, a stoppage that was not within the rules and those 3 low blows in a row as the stop? because u wanted Ward to win? That is disturbing and reeks poor values and standards... plus that makes Ward look like his win is ****, makes him look terrible instead of the Chad Dawson knockout he may have been able to get. So you sell out your soul for a win for your guy, the reason this country is the way it is. No values.


-brownsugar :

You are perfectly fine with low blows, illegal shots, low 3 consecutive low blows stopping the fight and WORSE a stopped fight instead of a ten count as kov was on the ropes which per the rules can not hold u up from a knockdown and instead count as one? All because the guy you wanted to win, won? So you are saying you are good with illegal shots, a stoppage that was not within the rules and those 3 low blows in a row as the stop? because u wanted Ward to win? That is disturbing and reeks poor values and standards... plus that makes Ward look like his win is ****, makes him look terrible instead of the Chad Dawson knockout he may have been able to get. So you sell out your soul for a win for your guy, the reason this country is the way it is. No values.
You paint with very broad strokes my friend, I don't think my opinion of the fight qualifies me as being automatically conscripted for the fires of hell, or becoming one of Satan's minions..lol... ..I probably have worse offenses to repent for but yes i wanted to see more however the stoppage was good ....Kovalev ate 7-8 very hard punches before he even got nailed on the ropes.... Weeks is a good ref and probably prevented some serious damage. So we will have to agree to disagree.


-amayseng :

You paint with very broad strokes my friend, I don't think my opinion of the fight qualifies me as being automatically conscripted for the fires of hell, or becoming one of Satan's minions..lol... ..I probably have worse offenses to repent for but yes i wanted to see more however the stoppage was good ....Kovalev ate 7-8 very hard punches before he even got nailed on the ropes.... Weeks is a good ref and probably prevented some serious damage. So we will have to agree to disagree.
The Integrity of the sport comes first. Let Ward force Kov to quit or knock him out. Not low blow him into a wrong stoppage that doesn't follow the rules and now damages the sport. Value, honor, standards, integrity, dignity and self respect should all come before being happy a guy won wrongly in a corrupt way.


-amayseng :

You paint with very broad strokes my friend, I don't think my opinion of the fight qualifies me as being automatically conscripted for the fires of hell, or becoming one of Satan's minions..lol... ..I probably have worse offenses to repent for but yes i wanted to see more however the stoppage was good ....Kovalev ate 7-8 very hard punches before he even got nailed on the ropes.... Weeks is a good ref and probably prevented some serious damage. So we will have to agree to disagree.
The Integrity of the sport comes first. Let Ward force Kov to quit or knock him out. Not low blow him into a wrong stoppage that doesn't follow the rules and now damages the sport. Value, honor, standards, integrity, dignity and self respect should all come before being happy a guy won wrongly in a corrupt way.


-amayseng :

Some people need to stop hating. How is race now a part of the equation because Ward won? He broke Kovalev down mentally and stopped him long before the fight took place last Saturday. With all that Kovalev had going during his training camp regarding the integrity of his trainer and the fear of gassing out proved to be too much for the Krusher to overcome. I predicted that Ward would win, but never fathomed by TKO/KO. Ward just cemented his legacy as one of the best fighters of this generation and arguably all-time. Haters eat your heart out and stop with the racist conspiracy theories. It was the black ref that made Kovalev punk out........GTFOH!
It's not hate it's corruption and racism against a Russian. It's clear. Constant low blows and holding against the rules with no warnings and deductions. 3 low blows to a stoppage haha and a stop on the ropes not a count. The ref didn't follow the rules. Declined watching the replay before the announment. Now all a sudden u don't like rules? U gtfoh.


-amayseng :

Some people need to stop hating. How is race now a part of the equation because Ward won? He broke Kovalev down mentally and stopped him long before the fight took place last Saturday. With all that Kovalev had going during his training camp regarding the integrity of his trainer and the fear of gassing out proved to be too much for the Krusher to overcome. I predicted that Ward would win, but never fathomed by TKO/KO. Ward just cemented his legacy as one of the best fighters of this generation and arguably all-time. Haters eat your heart out and stop with the racist conspiracy theories. It was the black ref that made Kovalev punk out........GTFOH!
It's not hate it's corruption and racism against a Russian. It's clear. Constant low blows and holding against the rules with no warnings and deductions. 3 low blows to a stoppage haha and a stop on the ropes not a count. The ref didn't follow the rules. Declined watching the replay before the announment. Now all a sudden u don't like rules? U gtfoh. Go ahead and compromise yourself for your guy winning. I won't lower myself to it. And I am a fan of BOTH fighters. Read my history on Ward for 10 years on here.


-oubobcat :

For the record, I have been a big Kovalev fan and picked him in the first fight. And in the 2nd, went with Ward for reasons previously detailed. Despite my selections, I make it a point to watch fights unbiased and score what I see. In my opinion, I had Ward up 4-3 but can certainly see the arguement for Kovalev being up in the fight. Many rounds were close. Very close, I mean Kovalev would land harder but not as clean. Ward would land snappier punches and cleaner but not with the impact. It was tough to score. However, Kovalev clearly was fading. There can be no disputing that fact. He was on the verge of gassing out and Ward worked him over to the body wisely. Now for the low blows. Watch the very beginning of the fight. Weeks points to Kovalev's trunks and instructs both that Ward can work on the trunks up to the area his is pointing (Kovalev's trunks were slightly high). Ward did land the final punches on the trunks but remember he had room to work. Granted, it is tough to tell if he strayed slightly below that area or not. Either way, not egregious low shots as some suggest but borderline.


-oubobcat :

For the record, I have been a big Kovalev fan and picked him in the first fight. And in the 2nd, went with Ward for reasons previously detailed. Despite my selections, I make it a point to watch fights unbiased and score what I see. In my opinion, I had Ward up 4-3 but can certainly see the arguement for Kovalev being up in the fight. Many rounds were close. Very close, I mean Kovalev would land harder but not as clean. Ward would land snappier punches and cleaner but not with the impact. It was tough to score. However, Kovalev clearly was fading. There can be no disputing that fact. He was on the verge of gassing out and Ward worked him over to the body wisely. Now for the low blows. Watch the very beginning of the fight. Weeks points to Kovalev's trunks and instructs both that Ward can work on the trunks up to the area his is pointing (Kovalev's trunks were slightly high). Ward did land the final punches on the trunks but remember he had room to work. Granted, it is tough to tell if he strayed slightly below that area or not. Either way, not egregious low shots as some suggest but borderline.


-brownsugar :

The Integrity of the sport comes first. Let Ward force Kov to quit or knock him out. Not low blow him into a wrong stoppage that doesn't follow the rules and now damages the sport. Value, honor, standards, integrity, dignity and self respect should all come before being happy a guy won wrongly in a corrupt way.
Lets be perfectly clear Amayseng I'm not happy, I am ecstatic and Im well pleased with Ward's outstanding victory. The outcome could have been more clear and there could have been a more satisfactory ending of course, But waiving the bible or the American flag has no bearing on the outcome of the fight. Ward honored the tradition of sportsmanship by coming to the fight ready to give up his last drop of determination, he was in better shape than the first encounter along with being in possession of a better strategy. A plan which he executed to a tee. Ward sat down on his punches and fired his shots while he was in the midst of the malstrom ....yes he ate some coming but he delivered better than he received. Getting past Kovalez's busy jab and offensive umbrella of one twos was beautiful to watch. Ward displayed the epitome of what a champ is. Heart and relentless vigor. He never once talked up his medical problems with his knee or the lack of being able to run until months after the first fight and he did that sparingly.. On the other hand Kovalez raced to any open mic to repeat his tale of why he got exhausted the first fight. I dont think I would broadcast my weaknesses publically like the Krusher did. Translation (an obvious breach of character or a lapse if common sense) I have to say that your value system is tad bit misplaced with all these wreckless allegations Regarding the ref.... Weeks watched Mayweather get roughed up when he was raked across the ropes all the way to the ring posts getting hit with everthing from deliberate lowblows rabbit punches, and even a knee to the groin. Weeks just watched. Weeks also never penalised Canelo when he hit Floy in the groin deliberately and shoulder bumped him under the chin. There was no outcry then ....but suddenly he becomes a hater of all things Russian and is in collusion with Ward to defeat Kovalev in a racist plot... And anyone who disagrees with you is supposed to have a character flaw and is unamerican ?? Com'n man .... nobody cares. Neither did I care when Kovalev ,... Who Talked very consilliatory about killing a man in the ring and spoke on how he did what he could financially for his surviving family.......an then suddenly attempted to intimidate Ward by telling him that he would inflict personal harm ...insinuating that he would become a victim of a fatality...even then. That didnt even faze me although i was no longer enamored by the boxer puncher because I thought he had more class. Tyson said crazy stuff like that all the time. But when the bully looks toward the ref on two beltline shots that the ref literally touched on Kovalevs high waisted trunks before the fight..., and said the area was fair game ....Then Dont expect me to sympathize when Kovalez calls a few beltline shots a foul... The last blow at the conclusion of the fight was low, but by then Weeks was already moving in to wave it off. And KK was slumping forward to obscure the punch angle. So I dont put all the blame on Ward for that. Neither did Ward pencil in the scorecards. I dont think there is anything more I can say without saying anything I havent said before...... thats the time when that glue smell permeates the air...the smell of beating a dead horse. Its the point at which a discussion becomes stale ....instead of becoming enlightening.


-Kid Blast :

"The Nevada State Athletic Commission has decided to change the controversial knockout result of Guillermo Rigondeaux’s fight with Moises Flores to a no decision, according to ESPN.com, a move that is, to put it plainly, the right call." Rigo's lucky. Could have been worse.


-Kid Blast :

"The Nevada State Athletic Commission has decided to change the controversial knockout result of Guillermo Rigondeaux?s fight with Moises Flores to a no decision, according to ESPN.com, a move that is, to put it plainly, the right call." Rigo's lucky. Could have been worse.


-amayseng :

Lets be perfectly clear Amayseng I'm not happy, I am ecstatic and Im well pleased with Ward's outstanding victory. The outcome could have been more clear and there could have been a more satisfactory ending of course, But waiving the bible or the American flag has no bearing on the outcome of the fight. Ward honored the tradition of sportsmanship by coming to the fight ready to give up his last drop of determination, he was in better shape than the first encounter along with being in possession of a better strategy. A plan which he executed to a tee. Ward sat down on his punches and fired his shots while he was in the midst of the malstrom ....yes he ate some coming but he delivered better than he received. Getting past Kovalez's busy jab and offensive umbrella of one twos was beautiful to watch. Ward displayed the epitome of what a champ is. Heart and relentless vigor. He never once talked up his medical problems with his knee or the lack of being able to run until months after the first fight and he did that sparingly.. On the other hand Kovalez raced to any open mic to repeat his tale of why he got exhausted the first fight. I dont think I would broadcast my weaknesses publically like the Krusher did. Translation (an obvious breach of character or a lapse if common sense) I have to say that your value system is tad bit misplaced with all these wreckless allegations Regarding the ref.... Weeks watched Mayweather get roughed up when he was raked across the ropes all the way to the ring posts getting hit with everthing from deliberate lowblows rabbit punches, and even a knee to the groin. Weeks just watched. Weeks also never penalised Canelo when he hit Floy in the groin deliberately and shoulder bumped him under the chin. There was no outcry then ....but suddenly he becomes a hater of all things Russian and is in collusion with Ward to defeat Kovalev in a racist plot... And anyone who disagrees with you is supposed to have a character flaw and is unamerican ?? Com'n man .... nobody cares. Neither did I care when Kovalev ,... Who Talked very consilliatory about killing a man in the ring and spoke on how he did what he could financially for his surviving family.......an then suddenly attempted to intimidate Ward by telling him that he would inflict personal harm ...insinuating that he would become a victim of a fatality...even then. That didnt even faze me although i was no longer enamored by the boxer puncher because I thought he had more class. Tyson said crazy stuff like that all the time. But when the bully looks toward the ref on two beltline shots that the ref literally touched on Kovalevs high waisted trunks before the fight..., and said the area was fair game ....Then Dont expect me to sympathize when Kovalez calls a few beltline shots a foul... The last blow at the conclusion of the fight was low, but by then Weeks was already moving in to wave it off. And KK was slumping forward to obscure the punch angle. So I dont put all the blame on Ward for that. Neither did Ward pencil in the scorecards. I dont think there is anything more I can say without saying anything I havent said before...... thats the time when that glue smell permeates the air...the smell of beating a dead horse. Its the point at which a discussion becomes stale ....instead of becoming enlightening.
I am not waving the bible at anyone. When I say compromise your soul I do not mean as it if is tainted and heaven is out of the picture..ha.. sorry, no context on here I assume, but what I am saying is that as a die hard fan of the SPORT everyone on here loves so much, so passionate about, how are you compromising the honor of it in your soul just because you are happy your guy won? That is outrageous, I am a little more seasoned, experienced and old enough to know the difference. Why would I think you are going to hell and your soul is condemned over this petty ****? Come on now. Kovalev should have just kept stating that he beat Ward in the first fight and even when gassed still won rounds 10 and 12 collectively..... but who cares that isn't the point. Point is that fouls and a horrible stoppage hurt the sport, hurt Ward and his ability to make a legacy defining stoppage or possibly Kovalev's ability to come back and do the same. The fact anyone is happy about that corruption shows they are a fanboy of another man first over the sport of boxing they so love... Me, I don't have idols, I wear my own jersey not another mans.


-amayseng :

Lets be perfectly clear Amayseng I'm not happy, I am ecstatic and Im well pleased with Ward's outstanding victory. The outcome could have been more clear and there could have been a more satisfactory ending of course, But waiving the bible or the American flag has no bearing on the outcome of the fight. Ward honored the tradition of sportsmanship by coming to the fight ready to give up his last drop of determination, he was in better shape than the first encounter along with being in possession of a better strategy. A plan which he executed to a tee. Ward sat down on his punches and fired his shots while he was in the midst of the malstrom ....yes he ate some coming but he delivered better than he received. Getting past Kovalez's busy jab and offensive umbrella of one twos was beautiful to watch. Ward displayed the epitome of what a champ is. Heart and relentless vigor. He never once talked up his medical problems with his knee or the lack of being able to run until months after the first fight and he did that sparingly.. On the other hand Kovalez raced to any open mic to repeat his tale of why he got exhausted the first fight. I dont think I would broadcast my weaknesses publically like the Krusher did. Translation (an obvious breach of character or a lapse if common sense) I have to say that your value system is tad bit misplaced with all these wreckless allegations Regarding the ref.... Weeks watched Mayweather get roughed up when he was raked across the ropes all the way to the ring posts getting hit with everthing from deliberate lowblows rabbit punches, and even a knee to the groin. Weeks just watched. Weeks also never penalised Canelo when he hit Floy in the groin deliberately and shoulder bumped him under the chin. There was no outcry then ....but suddenly he becomes a hater of all things Russian and is in collusion with Ward to defeat Kovalev in a racist plot... And anyone who disagrees with you is supposed to have a character flaw and is unamerican ?? Com'n man .... nobody cares. Neither did I care when Kovalev ,... Who Talked very consilliatory about killing a man in the ring and spoke on how he did what he could financially for his surviving family.......an then suddenly attempted to intimidate Ward by telling him that he would inflict personal harm ...insinuating that he would become a victim of a fatality...even then. That didnt even faze me although i was no longer enamored by the boxer puncher because I thought he had more class. Tyson said crazy stuff like that all the time. But when the bully looks toward the ref on two beltline shots that the ref literally touched on Kovalevs high waisted trunks before the fight..., and said the area was fair game ....Then Dont expect me to sympathize when Kovalez calls a few beltline shots a foul... The last blow at the conclusion of the fight was low, but by then Weeks was already moving in to wave it off. And KK was slumping forward to obscure the punch angle. So I dont put all the blame on Ward for that. Neither did Ward pencil in the scorecards. I dont think there is anything more I can say without saying anything I havent said before...... thats the time when that glue smell permeates the air...the smell of beating a dead horse. Its the point at which a discussion becomes stale ....instead of becoming enlightening.
I am not waving the bible at anyone. When I say compromise your soul I do not mean as it if is tainted and heaven is out of the picture..ha.. sorry, no context on here I assume, but what I am saying is that as a die hard fan of the SPORT everyone on here loves so much, so passionate about, how are you compromising the honor of it in your soul just because you are happy your guy won? That is outrageous, I am a little more seasoned, experienced and old enough to know the difference. Why would I think you are going to hell and your soul is condemned over this petty ****? Come on now. Kovalev should have just kept stating that he beat Ward in the first fight and even when gassed still won rounds 10 and 12 collectively..... but who cares that isn't the point. Point is that fouls and a horrible stoppage hurt the sport, hurt Ward and his ability to make a legacy defining stoppage or possibly Kovalev's ability to come back and do the same. The fact anyone is happy about that corruption shows they are a fanboy of another man first over the sport of boxing they so love... Me, I don't have idols, I wear my own jersey not another mans.


-amayseng :

By the way, Ward is the bully, he is the one who fights dirty, head buts, tackles, hits low, grabs and wrestles. Kovalev is the boxer puncher. Ward is the bully and is one out of the ring as well.


-amayseng :

By the way, Ward is the bully, he is the one who fights dirty, head buts, tackles, hits low, grabs and wrestles. Kovalev is the boxer puncher. Ward is the bully and is one out of the ring as well.


-brownsugar :

I am not waving the bible at anyone. When I say compromise your soul I do not mean as it if is tainted and heaven is out of the picture..ha.. sorry, no context on here I assume, but what I am saying is that as a die hard fan of the SPORT everyone on here loves so much, so passionate about, how are you compromising the honor of it in your soul just because you are happy your guy won? That is outrageous, I am a little more seasoned, experienced and old enough to know the difference. Why would I think you are going to hell and your soul is condemned over this petty ****? Come on now. Kovalev should have just kept stating that he beat Ward in the first fight and even when gassed still won rounds 10 and 12 collectively..... but who cares that isn't the point. Point is that fouls and a horrible stoppage hurt the sport, hurt Ward and his ability to make a legacy defining stoppage or possibly Kovalev's ability to come back and do the same. The fact anyone is happy about that corruption shows they are a fanboy of another man first over the sport of boxing they so love... Me, I don't have idols, I wear my own jersey not another mans.
Personally I really dont care, I've said all I wanted to say and I'm done...when the discussion becomes something other than boxing... Then its a signal to move on. The lasting impression I will have from this fight... Is that it will cement Ward's legacy as a first ballot entry into the IBHOF. Hopefully I can be there and buy the T-shirt.


-Radam G :

I knew from the jump that Krusher was going to get stopped by a body shot. Dude is Tony Galeto of our era. Galeto was fond of gulping down beer for training. Krusher does the same with Russian Vodka. He was belly soft and high as a kite. On anger and on liquor, you cannot win over the likes of SOG. Holla!


-amayseng :

Personally I really dont care, I've said all I wanted to say and I'm done...when the discussion becomes something other than boxing... Then its a signal to move on. The lasting impression I will have from this fight... Is that it will cement Ward's legacy as a first ballot entry into the IBHOF. Hopefully I can be there and buy the T-shirt.
He was already a first ballot hof in my eyes before this fight.


-brownsugar :

He was already a first ballot hof in my eyes before this fight.
Fantastic!


-brownsugar :

Post fight Kovalev....what happens now? Word on the curb is Ward may head over to top rank where protege his resides. Now that Hayman has opened the doors to network tv Arum has partnered with Disney(ESPN) to bring unlimited dates to network television. Not just a time buy ....but a fully invested partner who will oversea, promote, and enhance the experience. Reportedly. Todd Duboef has put in an entire year solidifying and facilitating the deal. This is not a failed monopoly like PBC ....its a platform willing to work with anybody. Thank PBC for lighting the torch. Bob was last scene praising Wards performance as if he was talking about a young Ali.... Now that Ward filled his commitment and Roc Nation is closing their boxing venture, Is this why Ward signed his protege to Shaqur Stevenson to Top Rank. Did they see the writing on the wall?? What happens to Kovalev? You mean Kathy Duva only got him a percentage of the gate and Ppv sales?? I know for a fact that 10,000 people didn't attend that fight. Only the ushers and janitors were seated when Rigondeaux fought. And its rumored that John David Jackson will part ways with the Krusher. Even The assistant coach OG Turner said on video that Kovalev is a puncher, not a thinker. Wow...dissent within the camp. Any I'm the indepth story is coming soon.


-brownsugar :

Post fight Kovalev....what happens now? Word on the curb is Ward may head over to top rank where protege his resides. Now that Hayman has opened the doors to network tv Arum has partnered with Disney(ESPN) to bring unlimited dates to network television. Not just a time buy ....but a fully invested partner who will oversea, promote, and enhance the experience. Reportedly. Todd Duboef has put in an entire year solidifying and facilitating the deal. This is not a failed monopoly like PBC ....its a platform willing to work with anybody. Thank PBC for lighting the torch. Bob was last scene praising Wards performance as if he was talking about a young Ali.... Now that Ward filled his commitment and Roc Nation is closing their boxing venture, Is this why Ward signed his protege to Shaqur Stevenson to Top Rank. Did they see the writing on the wall?? What happens to Kovalev? You mean Kathy Duva only got him a percentage of the gate and Ppv sales?? I know for a fact that 10,000 people didn't attend that fight. Only the ushers and janitors were seated when Rigondeaux fought. And its rumored that John David Jackson will part ways with the Krusher. Even The assistant coach OG Turner said on video that Kovalev is a puncher, not a thinker. Wow...dissent within the camp. Any I'm the indepth story is coming soon.


-amayseng :

I knew from the jump that Krusher was going to get stopped by a body shot. Dude is Tony Galeto of our era. Galeto was fond of gulping down beer for training. Krusher does the same with Russian Vodka. He was belly soft and high as a kite. On anger and on liquor, you cannot win over the likes of SOG. Holla!
If he was drinking then he deserves to lose, foolish beyond belief.


-amayseng :

I knew from the jump that Krusher was going to get stopped by a body shot. Dude is Tony Galeto of our era. Galeto was fond of gulping down beer for training. Krusher does the same with Russian Vodka. He was belly soft and high as a kite. On anger and on liquor, you cannot win over the likes of SOG. Holla!
If he was drinking then he deserves to lose, foolish beyond belief.


-Domenic :

Good comments all around. I can see both sides. But Kovalev was pouting all during the build up, which I didn't like, and it was just in the air that he wouldn't handle Ward in the rematch. For the record, I thought Kovalev won the first by a significant margin. He knocked Ward down, and when you've done that, and set the tone in the fight, I just don't like looking for a reason to give Ward close rounds, which seemed to happen. But that's immaterial. Ward rose to the occasion, and Kovalev didn't acquit himself well at all in defeat. But he'll be back. However, like Brownsugar said, there seems to be a blueprint out there now, so if a guy can survive the onslaught, frustrate him, go to the body, perhaps his time at the top is done. But let's not forget, Ward is no slouch, so it's not like he got bombed out by a journeyman. In my eyes, he's effectively 1-1 against one of the top fighters P4P of the last decade. No shame.


-Radam G :

If he was drinking then he deserves to lose, foolish beyond belief.
He was always a drunk. I thought that ev'ybodee and dey momma knew that. Certain pugs pick up Bizarre habits. The late, great Sugar Ray Robinson's thing was drinking cow blood. Juan Manuel Hulkquez enjoyed drinking his urine and eating dove eggs until he discovered Mexican Roids from cadavers. Tyson "Fists of" Fury loves drinking the late, very good Tony Galeto's juice of brew. A lot of pugs love root beer floats with a half of dozen raw eggs. A couple of pugs that I won't name even liked eating the cycle of a dame f two. There is all types of crazy syet up in our game that you never imagine. Such as the pugs who believed that alligator penises and cow testes give them an edge. Even my peeps know that balut is a key to arse whuppin.' Holla!


-Radam G :

If he was drinking then he deserves to lose, foolish beyond belief.
He was always a drunk. I thought that ev'ybodee and dey momma knew that. Certain pugs pick up Bizarre habits. The late, great Sugar Ray Robinson's thing was drinking cow blood. Juan Manuel Hulkquez enjoyed drinking his urine and eating dove eggs until he discovered Mexican Roids from cadavers. Tyson "Fists of" Fury loves drinking the late, very good Tony Galeto's juice of brew. A lot of pugs love root beer floats with a half of dozen raw eggs. A couple of pugs that I won't name even liked eating the cycle of a dame f two. There is all types of crazy syet up in our game that you never imagine. Such as the pugs who believed that alligator penises and cow testes give them an edge. Even my peeps know that balut is a key to arse whuppin.' Holla!