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    Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

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    By David 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.

    Other Bouts:

    175 LBS 6 RDS: Junior Younan TKO 1 Zoltan Sera
    147 LBS 6 RDS: Enriko Gogokhia UD Jonathan Steele
    160 LBS 6 RDS: Bakhram Murtazaliev TKO 1 Alex Duarte
    147 LBS 4 RDS: John Bauza TKO 2 Brandon Sanudo

    Check out more boxing news on video at The Boxing Channel.
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    Re: Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Re: Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

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

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    Re: Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

    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!

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    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 Beyoncés 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.

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    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 Beyoncés 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.

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    Re: Ward and Rigondeaux Victorious on a Show With Plenty of Controversy

    Quote Originally Posted by stormcentre View Post
    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.

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