Then, in Round 8, after a hard shot to the body that might have been low, Ward landed a hard right hand that wobbled Kovalev. In the third round Kovalev landed the best punch of the fight up until that point a right to the head of Ward.
With another close round taking place in the 8th round, Ward uncorked a hellacious right hand that clearly took Kovalev's legs from underneath him.
Ward not letting Kovalev get the big shots off. Kovalev connects to the face.
But first Bivol (10-0, eight knockouts) needs to take care of business against Agnew (29-2, 15 KOs), who was knocked out by Kovalev in 2014. We are boxers. Yes, he punched me, but I didn't feel it.
It led to bitter feelings on both sides - Kovalev feeling he was robbed, and Ward feeling he got no credit for the victory. Ward is a very smart fighter. "He was hitting him low the whole fight".
But the Russian said: "It didn't hurt like I could go down on the floor, but it was a low blow". He promised he would have more stamina this time, but he seemed just as gassed at the same juncture, maybe because Ward was holding religiously, exchanging in the clinches, and raising the tempo to devastating effect. All the talking is good for the fans, it's good to build it up, it's all good but anybody that knows me, knows that I'm about the action. "This is bullsh*t", Kovalev uttered after the fight.
"Whatever the excuses were this time, I just don't have the energy", Ward said.
'I thought the stoppage was bad, ' said Malignaggi. For the most part, he was a one punch wonder - step, step, punch.
Whoever Ward decides to fight next, they will have to fight the best fight of their lives if they're going to beat Ward.
Ward is among those people, and the fact that he rallied from a second-round knockdown to win makes him even more confident about the rematch.
The 34-year-old Kovalev would like a rematch despite losing to Ward for the second straight time in seven months. Borderline & they don't hurt, I know! But a wicked right hook to the stomach hurt Kovalev, who unsuccessfully protested to referee Tony Weeks that it was low. I have a lot of respect for Kovalev. In the seventh round Ward outlanded Kovalev in a close round. He previously told Ward, "I will finish your boxing career". If he tries to get them by going into this too angry because he doesn't think he deserved to lose them, that's a mistake against Ward.
"I do really well against big fighters because of my stamina, because I may not physically be the biggest but I'm strong". That meant Ward was the light heavyweight champion.Few moments in sports are more stark or dramatic.
Ward made $6.5 million, and Kovalev stood to earn a fraction of that because he was getting only a percentage of the pay-per-view and ticket sales. Kovalev, a former champion, will receive a percentage of the pay-per-view TV revenue, likely far less than what Ward received.
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