Originally Posted by dino da vinci
If I recall correctly Dino . . .
At the time of the Ward V1 Kovalev fight; (I think) Ward was occupying somewhere around, a . . .
65% chance of him winning.
Which . . .
In your (old fashioned ) moneyline nomenclature; roughly equates to somewhere, around; - 189.
Not quite sure what percentage the juice was though.
And/or whether we need to adjust a few points for that.
Anyway, none of it (in truly accurate and/or detailed form) prolly matters, now.
Particularly based upon the expectations that I personally had of him before the Ward V1 Kovalev, and also based on the money I laid down on him to win; I don’t think it’s unfair to say that Ward underperformed a little in Ward V1 Kovalev.
In some ways he was quite lucky to get the decision.
Even though (after reversing my initial thoughts on the matter; that, at first, actually had Kovalev winning) I believe Andre actually did win.
By the tiniest (and most debatable) of margins.
Anyway . . . .
Perhaps it is that, when he was in against Kovalev, Ward’s performance deficit (when compared to our perfectly rationale and reasonable expectations) is best explained by the fact that Ward (even now) still has not really been completely active over these last few years.
Whereas Kovalev, by comparison, has been.
No doubt though . . .
Both, after and also with the Ward V1 Kovalev fight being pretty touch and go . .
And, also with it involving Andre being decked and hitting the canvass . . . .
Right now . . .
I am pretty sure that Sergey has most likely both, woken and motivated Ward up (more than) a bit.
Anyway, lets see what happens this time around; with the upcoming Ward V2 Kovalev fight.
And in relation to that; one thing’s pretty sure . . .
Sergey won’t be bringing too many new tricks to the table.
Kovalev will work behind the heavy jab.
Sometimes, he will lumbar forward and look to land the right hand and some of his other heavy/deceptive shots.
The hooks . .
Well, they will probably also loop and reign in, too.
Especially once Krusher feels that the midrange distance has been reasonably tamed and/or mastered.
And, you know what?
Provided it all works and is not too predictable . . .
There’s probably not too much wrong with that approach.
Just ask Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
Folks . . .
Very deep house and brilliant choon; right (below) here . . .