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Andre Ward delivers, stops Kovalev in eight, wins RING championship

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17
Jun

LAS VEGAS – Andre Ward said it would be Round 13.

That he didn’t want to hear any excuses this time from Sergey Kovalev; that there would be no controversy.

And guess what? Ward delivered. Big.

He claimed the vacant RING light heavyweight championship with a legacy-building performance, an eighth-round stoppage of Sergey Kovalev on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in the headline bout on HBO Pay-Per-View. Ward accomplished the stunning finish with deliberate, punishing body blows that broke Kovalev down.

It appeared the Russian wanted out after he turned away from Ward the previous round. Then in Round 8, Ward absolutely buckled Kovalev with a straight right that turned his legs to jelly.

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Ward (32-0, 16 knockouts) sensed the moment and followed Kovalev around the ring. He winged more blows to the midsection and Kovalev didn’t answer. Ward let loose with body punch after body punch – the last one clearly below the belt line – in the corner until referee Tony Weeks stepped in and halted the 175-pound contest at 2:29 of Round 8.

“I knew this was going to be different,” said Ward, who sported red Air Jordan trunks and matching boots. “He fought a good fight the first time but when I went back and looked at it, I computed it and tonight I came out all right.

“Can I ask a question? Am I No. 1 now?”

Ward was referencing boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound list, on which he already sits atop when it comes to THE RING’s rankings. After a performance like this, it’s going to be hard for anyone else to deny him that recognition.

The Bay Area native won the first fight via unanimous decision but endured a firestorm of controversy afterward, with many fans and media members favoring Kovalev, who scored a second-round knockdown in the November meeting.

The second time around, Ward promised, there would be no such talk.

It appeared for a while, though, that we were all heading toward another razor-thin finish.

At the time of stoppage, Ward led 67-66 on two official scorecards, with Kovalev ahead 68-65 on the third. RingTV.com had Ward ahead 67-66 as well, but there were many tough-to-score swing rounds.

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Kovalev (30-2, 25 KOs) laid down some tremendous work, even though he came up short. His measured jab gave Ward fits over the early rounds – just like the first fight – and his chopping right scored time and again.

The animosity between the two fighters – built up over months and months of trash talk and resentment from the first bout – was palpable. Simply put, these guys hate each other.

Every time Ward landed flush, Kovalev – in silver and black — became visibly agitated and charged forward. The 34-year-old boxer-puncher was ornery all week and part of the reason was his purse, likely between $1 million and $2 million due to a 75 percent split of promoter Main Events’ 40 percent cut of the revenue. Ward earned a guaranteed $6.5 million.

But Kovalev was earning every dollar in the early going. His chopping right found its home, and he even mixed in some lead, feinting rights that seemed to befuddle Ward.

By Round 6, Kovalev appeared completely gassed. His mouth was agape, and Ward seemingly noticed. There were plenty of clinches over the first three rounds, but now the Olympic gold medalist was really wrestling with Kovalev in an attempt to tire him out further.

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The damage began to take its toll, with Ward now zeroing in with clean left hook leads and straight right that drew “oohs” from the pro-Ward crowd with each connect. Trainer Virgil Hunter promised throughout fight week that he trained Ward for a knockout, and it showed.

Kovalev claimed he overtrained for the first fight, and was “empty” by Round 5. He hired a new strength and condition coach and though he remedied the issue, but his fitness crept up again.

“I don’t know, I can’t really explain it,” Kovalev said of the finish. “(I didn’t win) every round, but I thought I was doing very good. I was better and he was better this fight. I didn’t feel like I was getting knocked down by the power of his punches.”

He pointed to repeated low blows landed by Ward – the champ was warned in Round 2 – especially in Rounds 7 and 8. Those punches, Kovalev said, took a lot of steam out of him.

“I could have continued,” he insisted. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. This is fighting; we are boxers. Yes, he did punch me, but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued.

“I would like it very much to fight him again.”

That’s unlikely to ever happen. Not with all the animosity that remains between the two camps, even extending to the promoters and trainers.

And certainly not after Ward has now beat him not once, but twice, this time with a resounding finish that left no doubts.

Surely, Kovalev will be back. He’s still one of the best fighters in the world, and the long-anticipated battle with lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson would still be a big-time fight.

Kovalev is back to the drawing board, but Ward is right where he needs to be: atop the pound-for-pound list as the best boxer in the world.

 

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • repugnicant

    That was pretty weak, Tony. Kovalev is a big boy. He could have taken the count easy. WTF?

    • SouthMan

      exactly, i am so fucking pissed that bitch Tony. His calls are always questionable. WTF man. That was Ward’s statement. He should have knock him out. He was hurt, not out.. Fucking ehh….

      • repugnicant

        Certainly tarnishes the win. Kovalev was hurt bad by that right hand. Weeks had to step in and mar the victory. Sad!

      • left hook

        I thought u said u dont give a shit…why are u so fucking pissed?…lol.

    • Jay

      He wasn’t even defending himself. He got the fight beaten out of him.

      • SouthMan

        He was hurt, that is not the point, He wasn’t out. He was on the ropes, He could had been counted there. That is considered a knock down by per rules. WTF is that shit..

        • Jay

          Not defending yourself several times is means to stop a fight. He kept turning around and bending over. Just accept the loss buddy! 😀

          • SouthMan

            I dnt give a shit about either fighter. In fact i was routing for Ward. I call it for what it is foo..It was a bad call…

        • shza

          He should have taken a knee. He didn’t, because he didn’t want to fight anymore. (He instead wanted to whine afterward about getting hit on the belt line, which he and his team and fans will call “low blows.”)

          • SouthMan

            he was on the ropes, that is a knock down.. read the rules..

          • Angel

            No he was not “on the ropes”, he sat on the ropes when the ref called it off, before that he was taking big body shots.

          • N C

            call them ‘low blows’ probably because they were low blows. go get a better tv or get a new prescription for your glasses. preferably both.

          • SouthMan

            I don’t think they are low blow.. i call them for they are…

        • Angel

          Wrong, the ropes weren’t keeping him up. Accept it, he had a good run, got beat and showed his true colors by coming up yet again with 1,000 excuses.

          • SouthMan

            Exactly, if the ref let him fight, Ward would have KO this foo for sure. No controversy. NO crying, NO bullshit…Dont’ you get it…

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Actually his run was kinda weak. Two wins over Pasqual and another over a 49 year old Hopkins is basically his claim to fame. Sad and pitiful.

          • Angel

            No doubt, by good I mean better than most.

          • ceylon mooney

            beating hopins ass was huge

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Not really…….he was 49.

          • ceylon mooney

            and still elite and able to win belts in a steong weight class. like i said, huge.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Nope he was done, but the white boxing public needed a marquee win for Kov and they were willing to accept a faded B-Hop as just that. His career in retrospect will be viewed as a hype job. He currently has a terrible resume and the only way to redeem himself is to beg Stevenson and Showtime for a fight. A win over Stevenson would be his only legit win and one that might catapult him towards a 3rd fight with SOG. unfortunately, I would pick Stevenson by KO though.

          • Asafo Rider

            He was literally sitting on the ropes when the fight ended

      • Turner Wednesday

        Let me punch you in your saggy bollocks three times and see if you’re still standing billy big balls!

      • JL

        It should have been a knock down.

    • Angel

      What count? the big oaf didn’t want to go down, taking power punches like that bent over and not defending yourself is bad. He wasn’t slipping punches and he didn’t go down, good stoppage.

      • TNT

        It may have slipped past me but could the referee had issued a standing 8 count?

        • SouthMan

          That is what I am telling these foo here. .He using the ropes to stay up…THat was a knock down…

        • Angel

          No standing 8 count, those were eliminated ages ago.

          • SouthMan

            but if you are using the ropes to stay standing that is considered a knocked down. no?

    • left hook

      I thought kovalev was the power puncher, why didn’t he KO ward in round one.

  • Guy Grundy

    Appalling decision by the referee to stop the fight.Those three body shots at the end looked low…I had it even at that point.

    • Turner Wednesday

      It’s decisions and officiating like that ruins careers and ruins boxing. A disgrace, for sure.

      • Angel

        The only disgrace here is Kovalev who is a sexist and racist creep can’t be a man and accept defeat.

        • maxx

          He may be a racist , he may be a sexist yet the man deserves a fair shake from the referee, that was fucking appalling refereeing.

          • monsterUcreated

            If you want a fair shake, don’t quit.

          • Sam Young

            You need God in your life. Andre hit Sergey low 3 times hard before the stoppage. You seem like a Real Biased Hypocrite.

          • Cashtime

            “I could have continued,” he insisted. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. This is fighting; we are boxers. Yes, he did punch me, but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued

            if I got hit three times low I sure as hell would have said so. We all need God in our lives by the way.

          • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

            The 2nd low blow was a tap, come on. Now the first was definitely solid and the third was right on the belt line.

          • FLOMATARD
          • Mike M.

            His hand isn’t just below Kovys belt, its clearly below Wards belt line and hip. Not a foul they say….lol oh well.

          • maxx

            In regards to this footage, mate they all suddenly become Stevie Wonder.Kudos

          • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

            Ok it was pretty low, probably got the top of the cup considering he was bent over. Which shot was this??

          • FLOMATARD

            Not just one but two, oh wait there’s 3

            Tony Weeks “crickets”

          • Mike M.

            Judging by the position of Wards arm and swinging motion it looks like he hit him right on the button, or just on top of the cup, either one could have fight changing implications. Ward glove lands on the letter B of Krushers trunks and it also happens to be covering his “bulge” lol

          • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

            Fyi the body shot that hurt Kovalev in the 8th was right on the belt line what about that one and what about the straight right that connected right on the button.

          • FLOMATARD

            Show me proof

          • Raina Koloamatangi

            Just look all three were low. No where near the belt line. And the three blind mice sitting at ringside said they weren’t low. Lost all respect for Kellerman. He is usually pretty honest. The referee should be fined and suspended. And Ward No you are not #1. Not even close. What a disgrace!!!

          • FLOMATARD
          • Standing8

            His low blows are as good as his grappling. Ugh, knew it was gonna be an awful fight…..ward was involved. His fan boys will call this genius body work.

          • maxx

            He did not quit, he was protecting his balls right to the end.Kudos

          • Cashtime

            OH HE DID QUIT. HE QUIT REAL REAL REAL GOOD.

          • maxx

            Log off you racist troll.

          • AllAboutBoxing

            Guess none of these guys on here have balls…if someone is continuously hitting you with low blows you protect the spot being hit

          • maxx

            Absolutely, it is like some of these trolls are on the payroll of SOJ.Kudos

          • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

            Come on bro, the very last shot was a little low but the one prior that Sergey really felt was right in the plex. Ward swing wide, but curved it up as it landed.

          • maxx

            My friend these were clearly low blows but everyone is making out that it was a right hand that led to all of this, the truth is the right hand only landed when Sergey was badly hurt from a low blow at the beginning of the round, that low blow altered the entire dynamics of the fight, Sergey became defenseless from it, he should have taken the knee yet the ref never called it and he did not want to give Ward a 10-8 round in such a close fight.Kudos

          • Joe Steed III

            The blows were low you right dog! It don’t matter though does it?? Why? Because Im sure you didn’t buy the fight to support Sergey(and he definitely needed the financial support), and even by admitting the blows were low the outcome aint changing. No matter what any of us say in these comments the outcome is the same and you still gotta hold two L’s. Now if you tell yourself Kov was robbed in the first and cheated in the second to help you cope with the weight of those L’s that’s cool. But just understand you still gotta carry both of them L’s and nobody can do or say anything to change that.

          • maxx

            Agreed.

          • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

            Significant, intentional headbutt too, just before the low blow onslaught.

          • Brian Jensen

            It was the straight right hand by Ward that started the whole thing.

            I don’t feel bad for Kovalev. He’s a racist and a cry baby. He has no humility, nor can he take an loss like a man. Kovalev said he would make adjustments and he rarely landed his straight right hand, and he didn’t throw any left hooks or uppercuts. He had no inside game at all. Kathy Duva is just acting like a typical promoter defending her fighter, while taking most of his money. If Kovalev leaves Kathy, she might turn on him and criticize like what every promoter does.

            So congrats to Andre Ward for proving everybody wrong and krushing the krusher. If he didn’t look black, he would be the media darling right now and be considered an American hero.

          • Raymond Strang

            I really feel for Kov. He hasn’t entirely done much wrong over both fights and has 2 losses on his resume now. Something doesn’t sit right about all of this. Andre Ward is without doubt a highly skilled boxer/fighter but the difference between him and Kov is that Ward is a dirty fighter. All I can conclude is that Ward sensed Kov was tiring and set about some punishing foul blows to speed up the process and allow him to easily win the 2nd half of the fight. Not really the actions of true champions but I no doubt will be labelled a hater for this opinion.

          • maxx

            I believe both men were tiring, do not forget Sergey had also put in some body work and I disagree that Ward was winning, the fight was on a knife-edge, neither man was able to dominate though I had Sergey a round up, Ward did what the ref allowed him to do, Sergey should have reciprocated the low blows of Ward, that is a mistake he will have to live with….Indeed their are many trolls out their criticising anyone criticising the low blows of SOJ.Kudos Raymond

          • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

            Son of Judges/Son of Ref’s really upped his tactical fouling in that 8th round. A ‘skill’ he had honed to perfection over many years.
            The butts were significant also.

          • Brian Jensen

            Kovalev was also being dirty and hitting Ward in the back of the head. That’s even more dangerous.

          • Brian Jensen

            Kovalev was a lot more tired though. He was breathing really hard and couldn’t take Ward’s body punches on the belt line, which is why Ward kept focusing on that area. Kovalev’s belt line was really high, which is why Tony Weeks said those punches were legal.

          • maxx

            I saw both men blowing heavily and plenty of shots below the belt line from Ward, I did not Sergey’s belt line being high.Kudos

          • Brian Jensen

            Kovalev was blowing heavily a lot more and his punches were more lazy after the first 4 rounds. He was exhausted due to the body punches by Ward. Kovalev had a very high belt line, and Tony Weeks said punches on that belt line are legal. And Ward took advantage of that.

            It’s just pathetic for Kovalev and his fans to keep on making excuses, after saying there would be no more excuses after this rematch. These people are bitches.

          • maxx

            Let us agree to disagree Brian.Kudos

          • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

            I agree that there were low blows, but the shot to begin the 8th was right on the belt line and you must admit that Kovalev’s trunks were quite high. Some of the later shits in the round strayed a little low, but nothing flagrant. It was more about the angles. I’m disappointed in the stoppage though as I do feel Ward was taking over and may be looking at a legitimate dominate finish or stoppage.

          • maxx

            I believe they need to do it again, their are too many question marks over Ward’s victory.Kudos Emeka

          • James Kirsch

            “…but the shot to begin the 8th was right on the belt line and you must admit that Kovalev’s trunks were quite high.”

            Actually, a replay later confirmed that the first shot was low as well; Ward’s entire glove was below the belt and into the area that Tony Weeks had designated as low during the pre-fight instructions.

            “Some of the later shots in the round strayed a little low, but nothing flagrant.”

            Nothing flagrant? look at this replay of the final punch of the fight: https://mobile.twitter.com/streetfitebanch/status/876289907655938049/photo/1

          • Brian Jensen

            They were not all low blows. The first two were body punches on the belt line. Tony Weeks said those were legal. The last punch was probably a little low but Kovalev was bending down and it was still borderline. Tony is not a great referee and he shouldn’t be the ref of championship fights, but Ward kicked Kovalev’s ass. Kovalev was looking for a way out and if the ref isn’t helping you, you have to take matters in your own hands. But he didn’t and he wasn’t defending himself, so Tony stopped the fight.

          • maxx

            I believe Kovalev should have taken matters into his own hands and reciprocated Wards dirty low blows.Kudos

          • bdwashin

            He quit! Boxers wear body protectors and those punches in question were on the belt or slightly below. Keep in mind Kovalev wore his belt high and a punch on the belt line is not a foul. He was gassed and getting his body ripped apart and wanted no more.

          • maxx

            His belt was not high and Ward clearly landed low blows.

          • bdwashin

            Take that L tho!

          • maxx

            He has no choice.Kudos

          • AllAboutBoxing

            Or maybe not catch low blows through out the fight

          • Cashtime

            “I could have continued,” he insisted. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. This is fighting; we are boxers. Yes, he did punch me, but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued
            YES HE DID PUNCH ME, YES HE DID PUNCH ME, YES HE DID PUNCH ME
            Nothing here about a low blow. Face it the man quit as should you.

          • maxx

            His English is not very sophisticated, I saw what I saw, Ward is a fucking disgrace, that was deliberate action by Ward, he could not read Sergey’s jab all night long so he made an adjustment, he started firing low blows and with a referee like Stevie Wonder impervious to his illegal actions.

          • Cashtime

            TWO DOWN (Kov/Klitch) TWO TO GO. Hey maybe the ref is racist too.

          • FLOMATARD

            How is Klit related to Ward?

          • Cashtime

            He was just another great white hope in the eyes of some people here who only like white people. Once GGG and Lomo go so will they. BY the way I love these fighters as they are truly great, it’s certain people here that only support them because theyre white that I hate.

          • FLOMATARD

            You didnt answer my question.

            Virgil Hunter says Ward can outbox Anthony Joshua, why bring up race card on Klit?

          • Cashtime

            Ward better not dream of facing Joshua or any Cruserweights in my opinion. I guess he’s feeling like superman right now so well let him believe.

          • FLOMATARD

            Cruiserweight is a weak division. AJ is waaay too big for Ward.

            Klit was recently beaten by AJ and noo-one complained about it, the fans enjoy it and praised both. Why the hate on Klit?

          • ceylon mooney

            cruiser, like 115, is easily one of the top 2 toughest weight classes. ifs frickin murderers row there.

          • ceylon mooney

            200 is a fuckin murderers row, but…hmn…if he were in his 20s i could easily see him do what holyfield did from cruiser to HW. maybe a spinks kinda thing. i just think its a little late for that.

          • Rick

            The dominate heavyweight in the last 15 years is a great white hope? I’ve seen you around here for a long time and I don’t recall this kinda crap coming from you before. What happened dude?

          • Orca

            Yeah it’s all about race. Ask these ‘racists’ who their favourite fighters of all time are. I’m betting more than half are non white. Why bring race into it? If Ward gets KO’d in his next fight, you’ll jump off that bandwagon quick style. You’re a glory hunter. Take it easy.

          • FLOMATARD

            His racial bigotry is impeccable.

          • Joe Steed III

            Benny Leonard, Harry Greb, Gene Tuney, Willie Pep, Stanley Ketchel, Roc Marciano, Joe Calzaghe, Steve Collins are literally the only white guys who have any kind of atg argument.

            Rock and Tuney aint beating Ali. Greb and Ketchel aint beating Robinson or Hopkins, Leonard aint beating Pernell Whitaker
            or JCC or Duran, Calzaghe and Collins aint beating Andre Ward, Pep aint beating Armstrong…. Now give me 1 reason why us as Black Men should ever choose any of these fighters over the Black Men they wouldn’t have been able to beat?

          • Mike M.

            Thats a really short list of caucasian hall of a famers. You’re forgetting

            Nino Benvenuti, Max Schmeling, Jack Berg, Ken Buchanan, Jim Driscoll, Jack Dempsy, Ted Lewis, Freddie Welsh, Benny Lynch, James Braddock, Marcel Cerdan. I got loads of these I can go on…..

          • Joe Steed III

            The guys I named are considered the best white guys to do it at their respective weight classes! Pep Is considered the best FW of all time, Greb and Ketchel both are considered top 10 mw, Roc and Gene(who fucked Dempsey up) are both considered arguably the greatest HW, Calzaghe and Collins are both considered top 5 168lbers and Calzaghe being arguably the greatest. Leonard is considered the greatest LW besides Duran. I said that the guys I named have the best arguments for being ATG’s or the greatest. These aforementioned whit fighters are not better or beating any of the fighters I said they couldn’t. With that understanding why would I need to name every white fighter ever?

          • Mike M.

            Benny Lynch is ranked in the top 5 of greatest flyweights ever, Ted Lewis is considered the best boxer the UK ever produced and most place in the top 20 best welterweights of all time, Ken Buchanan is also considered an atg from the UK, some regard Jimmy Wilde as the greatest flyweight ever, he has the longest unbeaten streak in boxing history having won 93 bouts in a row. Theyre far better and more highly revered than Joe Calzaghe or Steve Collins, they also fought in a much tougher era. Cmon..you list Calzaghe and Collins higher than these guys. Technically speaking Roy Jones Jr. is the best 168lb fighter of all time…

            My point wasn’t that you weren’t naming every white fighter. My point is that there are a lot of caucasian fighters who’ve been long considered atg’s in their respective weight classes that you’re either missing or deliberately dismissing as not being that good. Not really trying to trade shots with the argument just trying to add a bit of perspective.

            Stanely Ketchels one of my favorite middleweight ever, not a lot of people show him much love when they talk about old timers.

          • Joe Steed III

            Are the fighters I named not considered Atgs universally? Who really pays attention to flyweights? Every fighter you named save for Wilde you can find at least 3 black fighters better than them going back to the original point of my comment. You proved my point for me with Roy Jones being considered better than Collins and Calzaghe. Why would the average boxing fan have any white guys in their top 10 when at every weight class the best fighter historically is a Black Man. Now why would the average Black Man have any fighters not black as their favorite fighter or have a top 10 composed of mostly White guys? KEY WORD average. Now maybe hardcore fans but casuals probably won’t have a top 10 composed of white guys. It’s almost impossible. The top 2 fighters in every weight class in history are black. Basically what I’m saying is there have been great white fighters in history but not as great as the black fighters and you should not expect any Black Man, let alone one who is a boxing fan in today’s climate to have a large contingency of white fighters on any list they make concerning boxing.

          • TNT

            “Why would the average boxing fan have any white guys in their top 10 when at every weight class the best fighter historically is a Black Man.”

            This is inaccurate. Duran is not Black. Ricardo Lopez is not Black. Pep is not Black. Your post is garbage.

          • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

            Arguello, Chavez, Sanchez, Barrerra etc etc.
            The list is long.

          • TNT

            Thanks.

          • Joe Steed III

            You are garbage. And Lopez and Duran most certainly ain’t white either so….. Pep fought like a Black fighter so again…..Robinson, Ali, Louis, Hagler, Leonard, Mayweather, Jones, Hopkins, Lewis, Holyfield, Armstrong, Whitaker, Ward, Etc.. Etc.. Etc. . ALL have stronger claims to being the greatest than any white fighter you can name. Nobody cares about anything under 122 so That’s Rigo, Santa Cruz, Loma, Easter Jr or Garcia, Crawford or Indongo, Spence or Thurman, Charlo or Lara, Jacobs or GGG, Degale or Zurdo, Ward, Usyk, and Joshua or Wilder. So out of the 11 weightclasses that matter it’s only 3 white guys who can claim to be the best in their division. None of those white guys are American. So pertaining to the original reason and person I replied to; you cannot expect the average fan and especially the average Black fan to have a top ten consisting of many white fighters. It’s numerically impossible and its unpatriotic considering the fighters that are white are not American. Now please get over yourself and this loss lmao.

          • TNT

            You’re trying to switch goal posts–from historic to contemporary pugilists. My post disrupted your myopic dichotomy between White and Black. You can’t really speak convincingly about an average Unless you’ve carried out a survey among African American boxing fans. There are more “Black” people outside the US than inside and some are not sub saharan africans. Anyways, the low weight classes count. And why can’t an African American boxing fan have nonAfrican Americans in their top ten? In the list of guys you made, you do realize that Pep outranks most of them in expert ATG (PFP)lists? Lmao. Garbage.

          • Orca

            I’ll add Jimmy Wilde.

          • ceylon mooney

            there are plenty not bein mentioned

          • Orca

            What the fuck are you talking about? You seem confused. When I said ‘racists’, I was referring to the people that cashtime and others like him class as racists because they don’t like Andre Ward. I was stating they can’t be only rooting for the white guys as they are fans of black fighters. Interesting post you made though.

          • Joe Steed III

            Why don’t you or whoever like Andre Ward though is the question?

          • Orca

            Steve Collins? Ok.

          • Mike M.

            Wards the one who started with the racism rhetoric, and of course his fan boys have been having a field day with it every since he brought it up. He ought to be ashamed. If Andre really cared about speaking out about racism in society he should have taken some that 6 million dollar purse and put his money where his fat ass mouth is like Colin Kaepernick did. Ward isn’t out there putting in any work.

          • Rick

            Is it black vs white in your thick skull?

          • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

            Yes. He defines racism.

          • Cashtime

            Your are funny. Couldn’t READ his jab.

          • Pietey Trenton

            Maxx, I had to work, and am still yet to watch the fight, the me straight bro, did ward deserve it?

          • AllAboutBoxing

            I can tell you now..hell no

          • maxx

            I had Kovalev ahead,,,, In the 7th Ward landed a clear low blow right in front of the referee, Kovalev was clearly hurt and wanted to go down yet since the referee never called it ,it would have been a 10-8 round to Ward, in the next round Ward did the same thing, clearly hurt Kovalev with a low blow yet the ref once again did not call it, Kovalev wanted to stay upright he was in clear pain, his hands were down this low blow altered the entire dynamics of the fight,, and Ward landed some great shots including a terrific right and left hook, Ward felt like he had a licence to throw low blows, in the end he finished a defenseless Sergey off with what appeared to be 3 consecutive low blows, could Sergey have continued absolutely as the round was about to end, hand on my heart as God is my witness Ward did not deserve it as he handled his self in a most dishonorable way, these were not non-deliberate actions these were deliberate low blows, the jab of Kovalev was clearly troubling him throughout the fight, both men were tired due to all the ugly clinching Ward was initiating, Ward was just unable to read that jab all fight long, THEIR NEEDS TO BE A IMMEDIATE REMATCH, this was a tainted victory.Kudos Pietey

          • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

            Lol seriously does that look intentionally. It clearly looks like Ward is trying to go to the body and since Kovalev is crunching over the angle was off if it strayed low. You’re seriously a hater.

          • maxx

            No Emeka I like to be objective, I do not look at contests through the prism of race but rather through objective scoring.Kudos

          • robert white

            race card needs to go away. why make anyone of color, immune to everything? seems whites are labled racists for their color. every place has a top dog. People need to accept reality. We all have equal rights. Its the ones who strive to be top dog, that deserve the glory. tonight, it was ward. must be a racist……In the meantime, lets all hail the great Christopher Columbus!

          • maxx

            Ward is a fraud.PERIOD.

        • SouthMan

          Man, that sounds like Floyd..

        • Sam Young

          You’re a disgrace for openly supporting a Dirty Fighter – Hypocrite.

        • AngelMorningstar

          This is boxing yea hippy. Go watch tennis where your va jay won’t be offended.

      • monsterUcreated

        This is good officiating. Kovalev better be happy he can go home to his family tonight after not protecting himself in front of a world class boxer like that. He’s lucky he had an experienced ref who stepped in in time and protected him like he was supposed to be doing at all times.

        • James Kirsch

          Are you joking? Kovalev wasn’t protecting himself because he was reeling from the three straight low blows that Ward had just landed. At that moment, the referee’s duty is to stop the action to allow the fighter who’s just been fouled to recover, not declare the fight a TKO victory for the fighter who’s just fouled him. That was an embarrassing display of ineptitude by Tony Weeks.

          • monsterUcreated

            Well, thanks for actually giving an opinion.

            If those shots were low you have a completely valid argument. Me and the guys couldn’t find one unarguably low shot on a big screen with slow-mo replay but that was just the 8 of us.

          • Julius Kent

            Out of the 8 of you, how many are Russians and how many are white?

          • monsterUcreated

            None.

          • Julius Kent

            And all of you were saying that the last punch was not a low blow? Even after the warnings and low blows thrown by ward in this same fight? Or did you even agree with the warnings and see the low blows thrown?

          • monsterUcreated

            The one the ref warned for and stopped the fight over was the only one I saw. Replaying the last round the 8 of us couldn’t find one that we all agreed was low. Maybe we have to rewatch it.

            I saw Kovalev get wobbled with two head shots and get punished to the body until the ref stopped it.

          • JSP

            Did any of you note the Hublot lettering on Kovalev’s shorts? That final punch landed in the middle of said lettering, lettering that is not on the shorts’ beltline. Look again. I’m not saying you have to be honest about what you see, but just revisit that lettering and ask yourselves if getting hit right there upon it, as Kovalev was, would be a legal blow.

          • James Kirsch

            Then I suspect you weren’t really looking. During the interview with Kovalev, one of the replays clearly shows that the final punch Ward threw was completely below the belt, and well into the area that Tony Weeks designated as low during the pre-fight instructions. The same is true of the first low blow of the round. These punches were indisputably low, and it speaks to the bias against Kovalev that people like you are willing to deny what is clearly shown. This isn’t even debatable; in both instances, Ward’s entire glove was below Kovalev’s beltline. It’s impossible to deny that those are illegal punches.

          • monsterUcreated

            Maybe, just the eight of us couldn’t find one.

            We did find a fighter that quit though.

          • James Kirsch

            When you deny the facts, there’s not much more I can say. It’s not as if this is your word against mine; the replays clearly show what I’ve described. If you claim not to have seen it, you’re just not being honest.

          • Cashtime

            “I could have continued,” he insisted. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. This is fighting; we are boxers. Yes, he did punch me, but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued

            Heres a replay you can stare at for years and it won’t change. Unfortunately there’s NO MENTION OF ONE LOW BLOW though

          • James Kirsch

            He certainly did mention low blows at one point in the interview. In the bit you quoted, he was saying that he wasn’t hurt enough for Tony Weeks to stop the fight. If you want a replay to stare at, take a look at this: https://mobile.twitter.com/streetfitebanch/status/876289907655938049/photo/1

          • Rude Boy

            It only mean 1 thing. All of you guys are Ward dicklickers.

          • monsterUcreated

            If by dicklickers, you mean we saw Ward get the KO then yea.

          • Rude Boy

            The what? The nut-cracking shots?

          • Cashtime

            Guess it’s off to finding another great white hope for you. In the meantime get lost.

          • FLOMATARD
          • Rude Boy

            Nope. Haters gonna hate, dickriders gonna ride.. . Go celebrate Wards signature punch, the nut-cracker.

          • Cashtime

            “I could have continued,” he insisted. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. This is fighting; we are boxers. Yes, he did punch me, but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued

            He did punch me…….. No mention from him of low blows, I’d think he’d be the first to say so. He got rocked and gassed out pretty early. Came into the fight too angry and it back fired on him.

          • Jérôme Pilette

            And we all know ”the 8 of you” is a leading expert in boxing science, so if ”the 8 of you” says something… it gotta be right.

          • Blair Nicol

            Coupled with the fact Kovalev himself said the first wasn’t low.

            The replays didn’t make clear on the last two but the second looked to hit Kovalev’s arms which were just sitting low and doing nothing. The third looked like it connected low but the replays aren’t great.

          • James Kirsch

            Given his difficulty with English, it’s hard to determine exactly what he meant. However, the replays clearly showed that the first low blow earlier in the round was completely below the beltline, and Kovalev reacted accordingly, but Weeks ignored him. The final three were all questionable, and the very last one before the stoppage was later shown to be well below the beltline. There’s simply no way to defend the stoppage, given that, even if you want to argue that there were one or two legitimate body shots mixed in there (which appears doubtful), even one blatant low blow that hurt Kovalev would warrant a break in the action so that he could recover.

          • Blair Nicol

            I agree, but let’s face it.. Kovalev was done. He was barely defending himself prior to the final three punches and looked gassed in round 7. The big right Ward landed took the last of the fight out of him, and I suspect Weeks saw that and gave Kov an excuse to go home without being decked. Just a shake we never got to see it happen.

          • James Kirsch

            “Kovalev was done. He was barely defending himself prior to the final three punches and looked gassed in round 7.”

            But the entire sequence in which he was wobbled by a headshot was preceded by a blatant low blow that the referee ignored. Thus, Ward wasn’t fairly delivering punishment, he was beating up on a fighter who was recovering from getting fouled. Then, at the end of the sequence, he landed three more low blows which caused Kovalev to double over in pain, at which point Tony Weeks stopped the fight.

          • Blair Nicol

            You keep saying he landed three low blows at the end, but Kovalev himself said the first wasn’t and the other two are inconclusive with the camera angles available.

            Kovalev was spent. He had no answers for Ward and was on his way to a beating.. hence him not protesting the stoppage.

            Even his corner are questioning his mental resistance.

          • James Kirsch

            Given Kovalev’s difficulty with English, it’s hard to determine which sequence of punches he was referring to, or what he was really trying to say. It’s possible that he was talking about the earlier low blows in the round, one of which was indeed closer to the belt line, and the other which was clearly low according to a later replay. But when he was shown the replay of the last 3 punches, he stated that the first two were low blows, and then Max cut him off before he could describe the final one — but another angle clearly showed that it was very low.

            As for the idea that Kovalev was fading, a lot of that appeared to be the result of the low blows themselves; it’s likely the reason why he got caught with a big shot upstairs that wobbled him, and it’s the reason why he ended up leaning forward against the ropes, which caused the fight to be stopped. Up until that point, I had Kovalev ahead in the fight, just like Weisfeld, Lederman, and Rafael. As for the 2 official judges who didn’t, I think the bias against Kovalev is painfully clear at this point. I doubt he’s ever going to get a fair shake in the US against an American fighter like Ward.

            In the end, regardless of where you think the fight was headed on the basis of the legal punches, there’s simply no way to defend that stoppage, and when history looks back on it, free of the politics that have consumed this discussion, those who are shamelessly denying what the replays so clearly show are going to be seen as an embarrassment to the sport.

          • Blair Nicol

            Kovalev was definitely talking about the last three punches, as they were showing him a replay of it while he was talking.

          • James Kirsch

            Well perhaps he didn’t realize which punches Max was asking about at first, because like I said, when he was actually shown the replay of the final three punches, he called the first two low blows, and then Max cut him off before he could describe the third one.

          • Blair Nicol

            And I’m sorry, it bias from the judges? Tin foil hats at the ready.

            It was a very close fight that could’ve been scored toward Ward. I personally had Kovalev up by one, and I believe there was only one or two points in it by the time of the stoppage. If anything, it was the third judge you could accuse of bias as there was never a 3 round difference by that point.

            Regarding the replays.. they clearly didn’t show anything with regards he last three punches. The angles were crap, with either Kovalev or Ward’s body getting in the way of a clear sight at it. Can’t blame the ref for not seeing it either as it was too messy to make out. All he saw was Kovalev hunched over, barely throwing anything prior to that, had his knees buckled about 30seconds prior too.

            It was still an early stoppage, but the ref is there to protect he fighters when they aren’t defending themselves.

            The only embarrassment I’m seeing is folk calling this a fix, or coming up with conspiracy theories just because their fighter lost. I personally don’t like Ward, but he won both fights in my eyes.. because I’m not blinded with bias toward either fighter I could watch it objectively.

          • James Kirsch

            Since when is someone a conspiracy theorist for disagreeing with the judges? There are controversial decisions all the time in boxing. Many people thought the judges were biased against Kovalev in the first fight, and in this one, I had him ahead just like Lederman and Rafael, but once again, two of the three judges had him behind. Given how much time Ward spent going backwards without landing very many meaningful counter-punches, I just don’t see any way to have him ahead at that point in the fight. It’s easier to argue the Weisfeld scorecard than the other two.

            As for the final three punches, even the live shot makes them appear quite low, and one of the other angles confirmed that the very last punch was indeed completely below the belt, so there’s no reason to believe that the other two weren’t. All the evidence suggests they were low (as was the shot that hurt Kovalev earlier in the round, which probably set up the punch that hurt him upstairs.)

            I just don’t see any way to defend Tony Weeks, as he appeared to be in position to see the last low blow, at least. Even Kovalev’s reaction at the end was one of a fighter who’d been hit low, given that he was leaning forward holding his groin. That’s also the reason why Kovalev wasn’t defending himself; he was clearly expecting Tony Weeks to step in and give him time to recover from the blatant low blows, but instead he stopped the fight. This has all the makings of a no decision, not a TKO win for Ward. If the result stands, it’s an embarrassment to boxing.

          • Blair Nicol

            You claimed bias in both fights with no evidence.. thats conspiracy territory.

            Just because the last punch was shown to have landed low by the cameras does not mean the other two were either.. that’s pure conjecture on your part.

            Dry your eyes, put the tinfoil hat down and move on. Only thing that’s embarrassing is having to hear claims of bias and shady shenanigans anytime a boxibg fan’s favourite loses in a fight.

            I agree it was an early stoppage, but the emphasis is on refs to stop it when they don’t think a fighter is defending themselves. No ref wants a fighters death on their hands which is why they now air on the side of caution. Yes, it makes for less of a spectacle as you don’t always get conclusive beatings or KO’s but it’s a better image for the sport than another death.

          • James Kirsch

            “You claimed bias in both fights with no evidence.. thats conspiracy territory.”

            But a bias is nearly impossible to prove, as there’s usually no material evidence that can confirm someone’s true motivations. The best you can do is point to a perceived pattern of judgements that differ from reality, and consistently favor one side. In this case, the official scorecards of both fights differed dramatically from what I and many others (including a well-respected ringside scorer) observed, and in both instances, it was the American fighter getting the nod from American judges. Under those circumstances, it’s certainly reasonable to suspect there might be some bias, especially against a Russian fighter, given the current political climate. It’s not really fair to call that a conspiracy theory, especially considering that I’m not ignoring evidence that disproves my suspicions. That’s the mark of a true conspiracy theory.

            “Just because the last punch was shown to have landed low by the cameras does not mean the other two were either.”

            Again, the first two appeared to be low on the live shot, and they also looked low on the replay that was shown during Kovalev’s interview. When he saw them he said of the first one, “low blow, and I felt it this punch.” When he saw the second one, he said, “again, another one.” As far as I know, there weren’t any angles shown that suggested those punches were legal.

            “I agree it was an early stoppage…”

            “Early” is not even the word for it. It was an improper stoppage, given that Kovalev was getting hit with illegal blows. Even if it were true that only the last punch was low, that alone would be grounds for a break in the action, and a warning for Ward — especially considering that Kovalev reacted to that last punch in a more pronounced manner than the others, and it appeared to be the one that played the biggest role in causing him to react in a way that prompted the stoppage. Thus, there’s simply no way to justify the TKO result. As I said, the only logical solution is to declare the fight a no decision.

          • Blair Nicol

            So because those two judges didn’t score the fight the same as you, they’re suddenly biased? Has it occurred to you that you may be the one who’s biased?

            Again, I don’t know how many times I have to repeat myself but of the last three shots, only one was conclusively shown to be below the belt. You’re assuming the other two were but you would, as you are biased.

          • James Kirsch

            “So because those two judges didn’t score the fight the same as you, they’re suddenly biased?”

            That’s not what I said, and you know it. We’ve reached a point now where you’re being so disingenuous that it’s difficult to have a rational debate with you.

            “You’re assuming the other two were but you would, as you are biased.”

            Wow. I’m starting to think you’re just trolling me. As I said, they looked low on the live shot, and on the replay, and Kovalev said they felt low. There’s actually another angle recorded by a fan in the stands, and it looks like the first of those three punches was borderline, but the last two looked low from that angle as well. Needless to say, if only one of the punches of that final sequence was legal, it’s an improper stoppage.

          • philoe bedoe

            Well said, it was a low blow before the good right hand Ward landed along with low blows against the ropes that made the ref stop the fight………..

          • Cashtime

            “I could have continued,” he insisted. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. This is fighting; we are boxers. Yes, he did punch me, but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued

            YES HE DID PUNCH ME NO MENTION OF THREE LOW BLOWS AT ALL
            L E T I T G O

        • Rick

          Why do you just pop out of the woodwork all the sudden? You didn’t win anything.

      • Cashtime

        Officiating? officiating? He was getting his head boxed off the judges had him winning. The only bad dicision was Kovalev decision to slump onto the ropes and quit. He, John David and his handleres said nothing, nothing of a low blow directly after the fight.
        “I could have continued,” he insisted. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. This is fighting; we are boxers. Yes, he did punch me, but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued.
        Not a disgrace my friend, a new bright sunny day for all of us who work hard, and fight adversity and bully’s like Kovey.

      • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

        Well Sergey was getring hit and not firing back at all. That’s usually grounds for stopping a fight. He was completely exhausted. I wish Weeks would have given him a count to see how he responded. He way on his way down. I do feel Ward was robbed of an opprtunity to dominate down he stretch.

        • Turner Wednesday

          I think that’s a very fair comment and I guess what I meant in my original post. It was stopped to early and denied both fighters opportunities

    • shza

      Funny that Kovalev wasn’t complaining and didn’t look like he wanted to keep fighting though.

    • Jay

      He had the posture of someone that was defeated. He kept turning around and bending over as if he was Donald Trump getting in position for Wladamir Putin.

    • Arjay Cee

      I had it even, too, and very interesting up to that point.

      My doubts started in the previous round when Andre snuck in a low blow Weeks couldn’t see. But Weeks seemed willfully blind in the final round.

      I have no problem with Andre winning — in fact I called the first fight very close and picked Andre to win this time. We were all cheated, though. Boxing will continue to lose fans from shitshows like tonight.

      • Guy Grundy

        I’ve just watched that final round again…one of the most bizarre, anti-climactic ends I’ve ever seen.A very unsatisfactory ending to a good fight.

        • Mike M.

          Before any of these Ward fan boys showed up out of butt f!@# no where, I was one of Wards biggest and staunchest supporters. I was one of the only people who agreed with Kevin Iole when he said he’d win the Super 6 undefeated. Ward really is a nice guy for what its worth. His attitude and the politics surrounding him have put him on my shit list though. His decision to sign with Roc Nation and his association with James Prince kind of put him in the “sell out” category imo. Seeing as how all if it has played out and the damper its put on these last two fights, I can’t say I dislike him but I can never root for Ward anymore.

          • monsterUcreated

            Hate to see Blacks doing well, huh? I’m sorry.

          • Mike M.

            The opposite..I love seeing colored people get money. You wouldn’t know that cause you suffer from autism.

          • monsterUcreated

            Autism, maybe? Never been tested. Have you been tested for racism? (Oh, we wouldn’t dare have a test like that in our great colorblind country.)

          • Joel Leonardo Almestica

            you are a racist cunt playing the race over another absolute robbery. But what can be expected from a guy who is advocating for thugs and thieves when he speak about success

          • monsterUcreated

            Oh, a real racist! Would you like to show off anymore of your racist views or is that all that you wish to offer today?

          • Cashtime

            Here we go with race again. Guys like you are running out of great white hopes.

          • Orca

            You really let yourself down with comments like that man.

          • Cashtime

            Sounds like your the first Ward fanboy to show up out of butt*&$^^%. Thats fine because I’m right behind you.

          • Mike M.

            I’ve always liked the guy. Still do, and I’m looking forward to seeing him fight again in the future. It sucks both these fights have been marred with some sort of controversy.

        • monsterUcreated

          Yea, I don’t like when fighters quit either.

          • James Kirsch

            Oh, so you’re just posting this nonsense in response to every legitimate comment…

          • monsterUcreated

            Sorry if I said what happened in the fight…did I offend you?

          • James Kirsch

            No, your dishonesty annoys me. If you’d actually said what happened in the fight, there wouldn’t be a problem.

          • Julius Kent

            This guy will go watch a fight between two unknown boxers, one black Cuban boxer and the other a white American. Guess which boxer he will root for?

          • monsterUcreated

            Correct me if I’m wrong:

            Kovalev got hit with shots that were not ruled low, he leaned over and continued to take shots. The ref stopped in after three consecutive power shots that were not ruled low followed by nothing in return but wincing and bending over by Kovalev. TKO win for Ward.

            Anything “dishonest” there, buddy?

          • James Kirsch

            The dishonest part is the idea that those shouldn’t have been called low blows, when replays clearly show that they were. You keep saying that Kovalev gave up, when in fact he was reacting to getting fouled repeatedly. In order to get a TKO victory, one must land legal blows in order to prompt the referee to stop the fight.

          • monsterUcreated

            Do you like when fighters quit like Kovalev did, James?

          • James Kirsch

            That question relies on a faulty premise. A better question is, do you like it when fighters resort to dirty tactics like Ward did?

      • monsterUcreated

        Yea, it’s a shitshow if you think when boxers give up refs shouldn’t stop the fight.

        Blame Kovalev for the shitshow, not “boxing”…whoever that is.

        • James Kirsch

          Kovalev didn’t “give up,” he bent over in pain after Ward hit him with three straight low blows.

          • monsterUcreated

            Yea…if you get hit with low blows, don’t give up. Complain…not with Max Kellerman, with the ref…but don’t quit.

            And the shots weren’t low…but I understand, they came from Ward so haters will see them as low.

          • Joel Leonardo Almestica

            bitch are you seriously that retarded. do you even read your own shit before you post it?

          • monsterUcreated

            “bitch are you seriously that retarded.”

            I guess, very elementary question.
            (I think you meant to put a capital B followed by a comma and a question mark at the end, but forget about that for now.)

            “do you even read your own shit before you post it?”

            Yes.

          • James Kirsch

            He didn’t, he reacted to the low blows that Ward threw. Using your logic, lots of fighters “give up” when they get hit low.

          • monsterUcreated

            Yea, and lots of fighters give up when the get hit with body shots.

          • James Kirsch

            Yeah, and your point is? Again, the replays clearly show that Kovalev got hit low repeatedly — those were not legal body shots.

          • JGC

            Hold the L, kiddo. L

          • Rick

            Hey everybody Mr Kiddo is back! Get a new line dude jesus.

          • JGC

            Stay triggered

          • Rick

            Sure thing kiddo!

          • monsterUcreated

            Well, don’t give up when that happens. Complain, fight back, take a knee…don’t wince over in pain and stop protecting yourself.

            But like I said if they were actually low, you may have an argument. I saw Kovalev get wobbled with two head shots and then Ward punish his body repeatedly until the ref stopped it. I didn’t see low blows.

          • James Kirsch

            Firstly, plenty of fighters react to low blows by bending over in pain, and at that point, it’s the referee’s job to recognize what’s happened, and stop the action so that the fighter who’s been fouled can recover. To blame Kovalev for this result demonstrates your astonishing bias.

            Secondly, Kovalev was wobbled with a head shot soon after the first blatant low blow of the round — which the referee ignored — and it’s likely that he was still feeling the effects of it when Ward managed to catch him upstairs. Obviously that undermines Ward’s success in that round.

            Again, if you didn’t see the low blows then you weren’t really looking for them. They’re impossible to miss, given that Ward’s glove was completely below Kovalev’s beltline on several occasions in that 8th round, including the final punch that landed.

          • Haimat Mustafa

            I’m amazed by your patience James discussing with this brainless fool. https://twitter.com/L4vigueur/status/876289709403668480

          • Big Chris

            The fact that you were 400 years slaves to the white man will never change. Even to this day, white Americans make 397 out of 400 richest Americans according to Forbes, have produced 44 out of 45 presidents, have produced 99,9% of the country’s governors and love or hate it, were your masters for 4 centuries. They don’t give a shit if Eastern Europeans (who they also defeated in the Cold War) are dominating boxing or if a mulatto bastard like Ward won yesterday or if GGG or Lomachenko or Crawford and the rest “entertainers” dominate such a barbaric and brutal sport in the high-tech era of the 21st century. Get happy all you want about your mulatto hero, but the 4 centuries of serving the white master (while in the meantime he raped your sisters, mothers and daughters without black males doing anything about it) is a a fact that no sport, no black president, no black billionaire, no black organization or awards will EVER CHANGE! You are an inferior kind of human that was used by the white colonizer and conqueror as an animal to build a new country. These are facts that you and your 8 friends might never acknowledge either, but history never lies 😉

          • Cashtime

            Awwwe poor racist losing all their white hopes even though there all European. Two more to go and you and JoeSteed can suck each other off all day long. Ha ha haa

          • Big Chris

            Tyson Fury (still Ring HW champ), Denis Lebedev, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, Oleksandr Usyk, George Groves, James DeGale, Gennady Golovkin, Billy Joe Saunders, Vasyl Lomachenko (arguably the greatest talent in boxing right now), Lee Selby, Zhanat Zhakiyanov, Ryan Burnett, Canelo, Terry Flannagan….All white, all world boxing champions. Four whites in the top P4P, while only two blacks. We own you boy and you dare to say that we lose all our white hopes? Eastern Euros have exposed blacks as frauds. Klitschkos dominated the HW division for 15 years beating more than 85 black hopes combined and breaking records Louis did hold for 80 years. You sound mad 😉 lol

    • monsterUcreated

      That’s what happens when you stop fighting, bro…they stop the fight.

    • FLOMATARD
      • Cashtime

        brutal beating to the body, poor Kov had the wind knocked out of him. By the way if his dick is anywhere near that B then the real crime was being shortchanged at birth for getting the smallest highest weenie in the batch

        • FLOMATARD

          Pretty good analysis of Kov’s dick. Kudos!

          • Cashtime

            That was a good video shot by the way. Couldn’t understand how Kovolev showed so much respect for Ward. He did the same against Hopkins until the final bell. Had he fought with more abandon he may have fared better. Just don’t see what he was so cautious or scared about. He definitely wasnt himself low blow or not.

          • FLOMATARD

            Good video shot? A display of foul work?

        • Joe Steed III

          LMAO Aww gay! But it looks like it hit the top of the B so you make a valid point

      • Rick

        If anybody says that’s not low there’s for real something wrong with them. Cup or no cup, imagine what getting punched in the crotch like that must feel like. It’s a shame Ward has had to rely on all the wrestling and ugly crap his whole career.

    • Harry

      Unlike the first fight, Kovalev could inflict no visible damage on Ward this time. Andre was a better boxer, no doubt. I’d like to see how good he is with other good fighters at 175 like Beterbiev, Joe Smith, Adonis, Gvozdyk and Bivol. I do not think he will beat Beterbiev, but I’d like to see it. However, Andre stated his desire to try himself in Cruiserweight and Heavyweight. This can be indirect evidence that he wants no part of Beterbiev with his sublime infighting skills. If Ward really thought Kovalev is the best guy at LHW he would try to win all the belts there and cement his legacy. As for higher weight classes, he can surely beat the likes of Briedis, Parker and Gassiev.

    • Cashtime

      A note for you and the 18 crybaby’s under you, the fight had to be stopped because Kovey was bent over in pain, he quit. Oh you want to see a guy get killed in the ring. You had the fight even, really you should really have your eyes checked because it looked like Kov was showing way way way way too much respect. He was hesitant, missing and getting pot shot every time I looked around. One more thing, don’t buy that low blow crap please in the article above “I could have continued,” he insisted. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. This is fighting; we are boxers. Yes, he did punch me, but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued. Funny I don’t hear him crying about the low blow half as much as you all and that despicable Kathy Duva

      • Guy Grundy

        Crybabies? People are simply expressing an opinion .. as you are. Using childish remarks in your retort does not make it more valid.

        • Cashtime

          You want validity? How bout this “I could have continued,” he insisted. “I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight. This is fighting; we are boxers. Yes, he did punch me, but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued

          No mention of one low blow.
          SOG SOG SOG SOG Undisputed pound for pound lightheavyweight champ of the world.

    • himmler adams

      Ward beat down Kovie and Kovie quit. Communists always give up when pressed hard.

      • Guy Grundy

        Try telling Hitler and your namesake that.

        Clearly you’re no student of history.

        • Rick

          Ha, he’s obviously no student of anything.

    • himmler adams

      Great win for America over a commie

  • Fist_ti_cuffs

    -_-

  • Turner Wednesday

    Ward was dirtier than Ron Jeremy.

    How much was Tony Weeks’ purse?

    I feel for Kovalev.

    • Jay

      You mad! Keep hating! Ward by K.O. has a nice ring to it!

      • Turner Wednesday

        Your ring has probably been KO’ed by your boyfriend. Wake up.

  • SouthMan

    WTF kind of shit is that? That was a weak ass fucking stoppage. These guys are light HW dude. That was bullshit as fuck…Kova was hurt but wasn’t out. He never gave him a count? WTF?

    • Angel

      I think from the point of view of the ref, Kovalev was hurt, he was bent over taking power punches, he wasn’t in a good defensive position, the smart thing for him would have been to go down and take a count, he didn’t want to go down.

      • SouthMan

        SO fucking what? The rules says, if a fighter is on the ropes like that, you can rule a fucking knock down. He should have gave him a count NOT like that..That was bullshit.

        • Angel

          He wasn’t being held up by the ropes, I didn’t see that and nobody from the HBO team saw that, hell Kovalev didn’t even come up with that excuse. Watch it again.

  • Fist_ti_cuffs

    At least now Kov and Duva can swallow their pride and crawl over to Stevenson and Al and beg for a fight. If he wins that belt, I think Ward would fight him again. Kovalev has a whole lot of quick in him though.

  • WillieSmalls

    Ward roughed him up good & proper. Kovalev ain’t shit

  • Angel

    Man Kovalev is a cry baby. He was bent over in the ropes taking punishment, dangerous position to be in, he should have taken a knee.

    • SouthMan

      HE wasn’t out. That was weak stoppage. Watch that fucking reply.. I would be crying like a baby to. That was big time fjight for both fighters. Clueless.

      • Jay

        you mad!!! Ward matched him round for round and finished him.

        • SouthMan

          The point is, if the ref gave him a count. Ward would have KO him for sure. it was early stoppage and it will be another controversy. Neither guys dominated that fight. It was dead even for me…

          • Angel

            Ref can’t give him a count in that situation.

      • shza

        Why didn’t he take a knee? Why didn’t he complain when it was stopped?

        • SouthMan

          he was on the ropes, using the ropes, that is by rule considered a knock down…same damn bullshit…

      • Angel

        The guy is mentally weak, Ward beat the fight out of him. Period. No controversy here.

  • Colin Mc Flurry.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
    Mental strength beats a bully 7 days a weeks..

  • Mike M.

    First a terrible decision. Now a terrible stoppage by the referee. Good lord what a Fu1@# mess, I wanted to think Kovy could get a fair shake but after this, there’s just no way. I’ve seen fighters endure far worse, wtf was Tony Weeks thinking.

    • Mike M.

      Just to add a little perspective on this matter, I haven’t just seen fighters endure worse…I ENDURED WORSE than Kovalev was getting during sparring sessions when I boxed several years ago…and I managed to fight my way out of that shit. There is no way in hell Kovalev couldn’t continue. Tony Weeks pre ejaculated harder than anyone in history tonight.

      • JGC

        Lol no one you’ve ever “sparred with” was on Ward’s level, kiddo. Congrats on fighting your way out of a rough spot against some random scrub though.

        • Mike M.

          I was 16 5-10 200lbs and sparring with guys who were 220+ in my gym. Certainly not on Wards level but a hell of a lot tougher then any of you fuck boys commenting on this site.

          • JGC

            Whatever helps you sleep at night, kiddo

    • monsterUcreated

      “He’s not protecting himself and just getting hurt…let me do my job and stop it.”

      Weeks was probably thinking something like that.

  • michael c

    The first fight was competitive so was this one.Congratulations to Ward

  • Abraham E. Hernández

    I had it 67-66 for Ward.

    • TNT

      May I ask how do you score fights in general?

      • Jay

        May I ask why you are so butthurt?

        • TNT

          Yawn. Try posting more about boxing and less about your bizarre sexual fantasies.

      • shza

        How about points for landing shots rather than being vaguely “aggressive” and whiffing constantly while headhunting.

        • TNT

          They both landed, but Kovalev consistently outlanded Ward.

          • shza

            Kovalev was not landing cleanly. At all.

          • TNT

            Go get your eyes checked. They both landed clean punches. Kovalev landed more though.

      • Abraham E. Hernández

        (Effective) agression, clean punches, ring generalship defense in that order. I thought Kov edged the first two rounds, clearly won the third and it was all Ward from that point on. Don’t have a problem with anyone who disagrees though.

    • shza

      I had it 68-65 Ward. Rounds 3 and 7 to Kovalev.

      • TNT

        Do you know how to score boxing matches? There is actual criteria, you know. You don’t just judge a round by some arbitrary feelings concerning a fighter or an exchange.

        • shza

          Yes, you award points for landing shots rather than being vaguely “aggressive” and whiffing constantly while headhunting. Ward did the former; Kovalev did the latter, and then got exhausted and KO’d.

          • TNT

            A fighter must land clean, punches. If a punch is grazes the opponent or is partially blocked, parried, or lands on an elbow, shoulder, below the belt, in the back then it doesn’t count toward scoring. Kovalev was outlanding Ward with clean, punches, period. Learn more about boxing.

          • shza

            First sentence is correct. Second sentence is utterly false. Kovalev landed one clean punch (a jab) the entire fight. The majority of his punches missed entirely, and the others that landed were all partial. Learn more about eyesight.

          • TNT

            One clean jab the entire fight? Ok, I am blocking you because only a troll could right such a thing. I have no time for trolls.

          • shza

            LOL, a russian troll account is threatening to “block” me.

    • Dee Money

      67-66 Kovalev. Kov won rounds 2, 3, 5, 6. Although Ward was clearly winning rd 8 and wouldve evened it up, if not taken a lead with the KD

  • Shawn Landrum

    The ref had to stop the fight. Kovalev slumped over with both hands to his sides. He would have been decapitated by an uppercut if it continued.

    • SouthMan

      he was on the ropes,.. that was knock down at best…

      • Angel

        He was done, not fighting back. Taking punches on the ropes is not a knock down, your boy should have taken a knee, he didn’t want to continue.

        • Son Lyme

          Angel – using the ropes to keep you off the floor is actually in the rule book – it is to be treated as a knock down and an eight count given. You are welcome.

  • JV316

    the last shots were borderline but kovalev was done, that was obvious to any observer. people need to face reality

  • Marciano Maya

    Definitely low blows! I’ve seen ward fight three times and in all those three fights there was way too much clinching. The last boxer I saw that clinched that much was John Ruiz. As far as pound 4 pound, I have my doubts.

  • TNT

    Andre Ward, whom seems to have studied at the Tito Trinidad school of fight changing punches, defeated Sergey Kovalev by 8th round TKO. The HBO commentary team continually undermined Kovalev’s authority while proving to be Ward sycophants. The stoppage, a tad premature, followed a barrage of shots–some of which were low. Two of three judges need to be banned from scoring boxing matches. Max Lederman does not know how to judge matches neither–effective aggression is not a matter of moving forwards. With that said, Kovalev was winning comfortably until the end. Ward was hitting Kovalev low throughout the fight. It is what it is.
    On a personal note, I had Kovalev 1,2,3,6,7 with Ward taking 4,5, and of course the 8th.

    • Dee Money

      You realize Harold Ledderman had it 5-2 for Kovalev at the time?

      • Jay

        He was way off. I think Ward had a slight edge on pts before the stoppage. RJjr saw that Ward’s punches had power and Kov was gassed in the middle rounds. He needs to lay off the vodka.

        • TNT

          No objective observer who follows the scoring criteria could have possibly had Ward ahead on the score cards.

          • shza

            And yet many, many observers did. Maybe scoring ineffectual stalking isn’t as “correct” as you seem to think.

          • TNT

            My exact wording was OBJECTIVE observer. And Lucky for me I didn’t nor have I ever, scored stalking in itself. I score effective aggression, ring generalship, clean punches, and defense. Kovalev landed more of those clean punches per round then Ward.

          • shza

            You scored ineffectual stalking tonight, pal. Kovalev landed fewer than five clean punches the whole fight. Pathetic, really.

          • Harry

            If they were clean they would have done at least some damage

          • Harry

            The fight was close but Ward was a better boxer; his defense was impeccable and Kovalev could not hurt him at all.

      • TNT

        Yes, but he justified his score card in terms of Kovalev moving forward and Ward moving backwards. He even said that because Ward was moving backwards then he couldn’t give him the rounds. That is boxing heresy. A fight can be moving in any direction just as long as his aggression is effective.

        • Dee Money

          I agree with your premise on moving back, I think he just wanted to say that to fill airtime.

        • Harry

          That was absolutely ineffective aggression on Kovalev’s part. He could not do the slightest damage this time. He wanted to stop Ward’s career but his own career is at stake instead. Ward taught this bully a good lesson.

          • TNT

            You seem to have been carrying pre-fight talk into your perception of the action in the ring. I could careless what either fighter said they were going to do leading up to the fight. Kovalev landed more clean shots than Ward. Hence, his moving forward was successful to a degree. Likewise, Ward was also landing clean shots. There was no “lesson” as Ward was losing the fight until the low blows took their toll.

          • shza

            Continuing to claim that Kovalev “landed more clean shots” doesn’t make it true. Dude could not land cleanly all night. Before you say “compubox,” remind yourself that those stats don’t differentiate between a blow that grazed the side of a guy’s shoulder as he was ducking away and the right cross that began the end for Kovalev.

        • monsterUcreated

          Moving forward and backward, huh? Absolutely hilarious.

          That’s how fights are judged! Stupid me, all this time I’ve put so much importance on irrelevant things like offense and defense. I just have to look at where they move…thanks TNT!!!

          • TNT

            My comment was explaining why Harold Lederman is wrong. Duh.

      • Terrence Martineau

        Harold Leaderman is blind AND senile… last fight he said “look at Ward holding” at that moment you look and Kovalev has Ward in a head lock… the guy is a complete joke!

    • Mitchell Nelms

      That was only low blow tko I’ve ever seen in thirty years of being a fan.

      • TNT

        It was an anti-climatic end to what should have been a shut-out, unanimous decision victory for Kovalev. That ending, though, was doubtful given the incompetent judges.

        • Mitchell Nelms

          Agreed.

        • WillieSmalls

          You’re delusional

          • Mitchell Nelms

            …and you support a fighter who displays latent homosexual behavior. Grats, buddy.

          • Turner Wednesday

            What’s wrong with latent homosexual behaviour?

          • Mitchell Nelms

            Nothing, unless it’s in front of ten thousand people.

          • TNT

            Project much?

        • Da True GOAT

          I hereby present you with this butthurt trophy…
          And you could also hold this >>>>>>> L.

          • TNT

            You sure do think a lot about men’s anuses and pain. Keep your sexual fantasies to yourself.

          • Da True GOAT

            L.

        • Carl bagares

          I wasn’t surprised.Team ward planned that one coz they made it known before the fight.Weeks also knew that.SK was just fighting for a pay just like the first fight which they cooked.Nobody beats the house.Gone are the exciting days of boxing such as the golden quartet era.The last days of boxing is very near.

          • TNT

            For the sake of the sport, I hope you’re wrong on that last point.

      • Chris Stans

        I’ve never seen a standing body shot tko before

        • Terrence Martineau

          Look again.. Kov was sitting on bottom rope! It was a knock down!

          • Julius Kent

            The guy is known for low blows all his life and that last shot was obviously a low blow. More importantly, that last shot stopped the fight.

            The referee was right there looking and he did not see it as a low blow. The only question here is, did weeks make a “weak” decision or is he tainted.

          • Terrence Martineau

            The ref. saw a guy taking shots, sitting on the rope and not fighting back at all starting well before they went to the ropes…

          • Julius Kent

            It’s like a known chain smoker who never quit smoking was caught on cctv inside a room where a smoke alarm went off with a cigarette in his lips. We all saw the cigarette in his lips but did not smell the smoke because we were not there. Worse, the security guard who was with him already told him to stop smoking but said he was not smoking when the alarm sounded.

          • Mike M.

            Remember when Amir Khan got a point deduction for pushing?? and ended up losing on points as a result.

            Ward gets warned about low blows in multiple rounds and fires off several more before the ref steps in. Not a single one of his fan boys or the ref see anything wrong with it? How many warning does a guy need to receive before he’s penalized? Tony Weeks is tainted goods if you ask me.

          • Julius Kent

            That last shot was obviously a low blow. Boxing is tainted goods if you ask me.

          • Andre Jefferson

            No one ask you

          • Julius Kent

            Your SOG is also known for his headbutts, excessive holding and elbows if you ask me.

          • Mike M.

            Its hard to think Boxing isn’t tainted when stuff like this happens. I wouldn’t have a problem with Ward winning if there wasn’t any controversy surrounding the results. Kovalev fought a cleaner fight than Ward did and still couldn’t count on the ref to do his job and was likely set to receive another raw deal from the judges seeing as two them somehow had Ward winning the fight at the time of that horrible stoppage. I see some suggesting Sergey should have thrown his own low blows, I doubt Weeks would have looked the other way and it likely would have gotten him a point deducted. They can say what they want about his alleged racism, alleged being the operative word.

            Wards fan boys have the ole Jame Harden mentality..”It aint flopping if you don’t get caught”, “Its not a foul if the ref doesn’t see it”. I know that its part of fighting, but come on, I don’t care how much you dislike someone. If you consciously teeter on breaking the rules and need to do that in order to win a fight? then you’re a dirty fighter and you aint no son of god, home boy Andre needs to stop pretending.

          • Julius Kent

            Weeks is black? No shit. Most of Ward’s fans are white though as you can see here in this thread.

          • Mike M.

            Lol you said it not me…=P, even though Weeks f’d up I don’t think that would have had anything to do with it so much as Ward being the homegrown fighter would have. In regards to his fan base there seems to be a decent mix.

          • Julius Kent

            Fan base is mixed? 90:10 ratio? Politically correct even in boxing? Cmon now, we all know how it is. We are not 5 year old kids.

          • Mike M.

            Yeah..we all certainly know how it really is. I think a little more highly of my fellow men however.

          • Julius Kent

            And we all should. It’s normal to root for boxers according to their countries of origin and very abnormal according to the color of their skin.

          • Andre Jefferson

            The guy is known for winning idiot, the body shot that really hurt job was on the belt

          • Julius Kent

            Winning your money not mine.

          • monsterUcreated

            KO!

          • monsterUcreated

            He’s a ref…when boxers stop boxing and bend over and wince in pain, he stops fights.

          • monsterUcreated

            It was more like a quit…”protect yourself at all times”. Kovalev failed to do that, so Tony Weeks did it for him.

      • WillieSmalls

        Khan v Judah?

        • ceylon mooney

          judah faking the low
          blow was hilarious. quality judah self-sabotage.

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        But what about the right cross? Kov was out on his feet and I wish the ref would have let Dre punish him. -_-

        • James Kirsch

          “But what about the right cross?”

          It came soon after the first blatant low blow of the round, so it doesn’t count for as much as it ordinarily would have. Obviously it’s much easier to hurt a fighter who’s reeling from a foul that the referee didn’t acknowledge. Plus, it’s not as if that shot ended the fight. Kovalev would have survived the round if not for the three straight low blows that caused him to bend over in pain, which prompted Tony Weeks to stop the fight, rather than stopping the action to give Kovalev his 5 minutes.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            FOH, go cry to someone who gives a shit. SOG, SOG, SOG, SOG. -_-

          • James Kirsch

            I’ve done no “crying,” I’ve refuted your point with facts.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            You can’t refute 32-0. He also moved up from 168 to take all your guys belts, money and notoriety. I’d say job well done SOG.

          • James Kirsch

            Ward’s prior success doesn’t change the fact that, in this fight, he won as the result of blatant low blows.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            That’s your opinion and not reality. Weeks and the Nevada Commission have said otherwise.

          • James Kirsch

            Classic argument to authority fallacy. The replay footage clearly shows several of Ward’s key punches completely below the belt, so this really isn’t debatable.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            What did the referee and commission say?

          • James Kirsch

            The referee and the commission are not the arbitrators of reality; if their assessment conflicts with what the video footage clearly shows, then they’re wrong, it’s as simple as that. Given that I’m arguing exactly that, I don’t know what you hope to accomplish by pointing out what the official ruling was. Again, that’s nothing but an argument to authority fallacy.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            You just need someone to argue with, so I’ll leave you to your vices. #1 P4P 32-0, came to a new division and bullied the bully and took everything (money, belts, fame, heart) that he had. Go sulk silently. -_-

          • James Kirsch

            I think you’re projecting there. I’ve merely stated the facts, and you’re employing various logical fallacies in an attempt to dismiss them. Once again, Ward’s prior success doesn’t change the fact that, in this fight, he “knocked out” Kovalev with multiple low blows. The replay clearly shows it, so this simply isn’t debatable.

          • shza

            The punch before the right cross was right on the (very high) belt line — not low at all.

        • ceylon mooney

          that shot won him the fight.

          id like a rubber match. tho no way ward gives him one.

      • Terrence Martineau

        Shouthe have got a count.. sure… but C’mon Kov. was headed for the L anyway… didn’t think I’d ever see Kov. bitch that much to the ref. …guy was gassed, hurt… sat in the bottom rope with hands down… he didn’t want to fight… let’s be real now.. was going to lose anyway.. that’s clear.

        • Mitchell Nelms

          That’s no excuse for allowing blatent fouls. Tony Weeks has an important job, to protect the fighters and he failed at his job. It doesnt matter how you thought the fight was gonna go, four blatant low blows without a warning is wrong.

          • Terrence Martineau

            I think there was only two actual low blows.. Kov’s trunks were high… and these guys wear cups… Kov. was just being a bitch and trying to waste time because he was gassed and Weeks saw through him…

          • Mike M.

            Dude getting punched or hit on your cup still hurts…..imagine a charlie horse but surrounding your balls……….in some cases your cup can move around and kinda crush your jewels together too. It sucks ass!

          • Mitchell Nelms

            Wow… Only a blind sycophant would say something as absurd as this. We’re done here.

          • monsterUcreated

            You are the blind one…KO!

          • Mitchell Nelms

            Whose troll account is this?

          • James Kirsch

            Even if there were some truth to that, it doesn’t change the fact that Ward’s punches landed in the area that Tony Weeks had designated as low during the pre-fight instructions. As a result, Ward’s shots were unquestionably illegal, and Kovalev deserved to get his 5 minutes. Weeks’ decision to stop the fight as if Kovalev had been hurt by legal punches was indisputably wrong.

          • Andre Jefferson

            The fouls were kov hitting behind the head and headlocking

        • monsterUcreated

          He stopped protecting himself, so the ref had to step in.

          I thought Weeks was protecting Kovalev too much if anything throughout the fight when Kovalev was turning his back, complaining or whatever he was doing…that’s a sign of quitting in boxing, just like sitting there not protecting yourself. If he would have let it go longer, we would have just seen more punishment.

          • Mike M.

            ^^This guy’s an Adrian Broner fan. Don’t even give this fool the pleasure of discussing a fight with him.

          • monsterUcreated

            Oh hell yea!!! Who else do you know of that would give Mikey Garcia a fight? I’m waiting…really…guys have been running from this guy ever since he started knocking guys out silly and who steps up to the plate…Crawford? Lomachenko? Linares? Miura? Orozco? Postol? Nope.

            Broner.

            So yea, I’m a Broner fan while you see you favorites whoop up on guys neither one of us know.

          • monsterUcreated

            And it’s AdriEn, by the way.

      • Andre Jefferson

        That’s ignorance from a novice fan

    • shza

      1 and 2 were extremely close and could have gone either way, but I had them both for Ward. 6 was a CLEAR Ward round (as was 4). I thought Kovalev won only rounds 3 and 7, and it’s not like those were wide rounds either. “winning comfortably” smh. Not to mention, his body was getting beaten in gradually throughout the fight because he can’t defend it.

      • TNT

        Kov easily won those rounds. Please follow the scoring criteria and also check out compustats.

        • WillieSmalls

          Scoring is irrelevant. Your boy got KO’d

          • TNT

            TKO, yes. Questionable certainly. KO’d as Marquez did to Pacquiao in the fourth encounter or Brown to Norris in their first encounter, not even close.

          • WillieSmalls

            He would have been stopped sooner or later. He was gassing from round 4.

          • TNT

            Try watching the fight with the sound turned off. I heard the HBO team but I didn’t listen to them. Kovalev didn’t look drained until getting a hard one right below the belt–that’s what low blows do to a guy.

          • Mitchell Nelms

            Yeah, you don’t recover from a low blow instantly. That is why fighters are given 5 minutes to recuperate after one has landed.

          • shza

            He had nothing left and was throwing arm punches by the final minute of round 7.

          • TNT

            Kovalev must be some specimen. Those so-called “arm punches” were snapping Ward’s head backwards.

          • shza

            At the end of round 7? Try watching again.

          • monsterUcreated

            Well, that’s what happens when boxers box buddy.

          • TNT

            You mean, when boxers box they get beat and outlanded with clean punches in every round then resort to nut shots?

          • WillieSmalls

            I watched on Sky in the UK

          • Harry

            Kov could throw borderline blows of his own, but he just could not hurt Ward this time.

          • left hook

            Wow Harry…cant believe u on ward’s side today.

          • Harry

            I try to be unbiased. Ward was a better fighter today, a lot more versatile, better in his defense, better footwork. He was lackluster in the previous fight possibly because his knee was still aching. This time it was an impressive and dominant performance. Funny as it may seem, Andre gave a blueprint to Canelo how to beat GGG – more blows in the ribs and on the beltline or slightly below the belt line, to slow him down and cause him to run out of steam early. Yet I do not think Ward is the top dog at 175. He is not good enough to beat Beterbiev, Joe Smith and maybe even Adonis (a 50/50 fight for sure). And Ward indirectly admitted this fact by stating his desire to move up. If he felt he could hold his straps comfortably at 175 he would not want to move up. Beterbiev is a better fighter than Kovalev overall, with a more respectable amateur pedigree. By the way the blueprint for beating Ward was given by Utribek Haydarov, an Uzbek fighter who dropped Ward three times in their Olympic bout and if the fight were judged by the rules of pro boxing he would have beaten him comfortably.

          • left hook

            At least u are being fair for once about ward.
            On beteriev, u tip him to beat Ward? On what basis? The Russian is not proven. He has not beaten a top name before and never past the 5th round.
            JOE Smith beat fonfora with a lucky punch and he beat a grandpa in Hopkins.. So on that basis u think he can beat an established fighter in Ward? That’s crazy.
            I am less bothered about the armature, this is pros. Who ever beat him then doesnt mean they can beat him now and besides ward won the Olympics then and his still winning his professional fights now.

          • ceylon mooney

            thx for the thorough, well-informed and interesting post.

          • Harry

            the Bivol guy is also impressive plus the Ukrainian nightmare Gvozdyk. But at Cruiserweight Andre will beat the likes of Briedis or even Usyk so his move north seems justified both from legacy and from sport perspectives.

          • monsterUcreated

            Hahahahaha….

        • monsterUcreated

          Compustats, huh? You guys are hilarious. You’re man just got stopped.

          Sorry, compustats don’t matter when one guy quits.

          • TNT

            I had no favorite in this fight–as both guys are pugilists I highly regard. I am a true, boxing fan whom seeks high quality fights. And what quit? Are you some form of idiot? The man was in excruciating pain from low blows.

    • maxx

      Absolutely pal, could not have put it better myself.Kudos

      • monsterUcreated

        I can.

        One fighter stopped fighting back and protecting himself, so the ref stopped the fight. The End.

        • maxx

          LOL.

    • Mike M.

      I was Kovalev ahead by two rounds. I could see someone having Ward up by 1 this time around. These guys will always fight tit for tat, to me Kovalev IS and will always be the better boxer between the two. The only problem is that Ward has more powerful handlers who have enough pull to keep him from losing. They were screaming “stoppage” to anyone and everyone.

      • monsterUcreated

        So lose once and get knocked out in the rematch to prove you are better, huh? You racists are unbelievable.

        • Mike M.

          You and your damn “racist” crap. Why don’t you go give Obama a reach around and stop blaming big bad whitey for your problems kid.

          • monsterUcreated

            I was right. A real racist. Would you like to display anymore of your primitive characteristics or would you like to stop there?

          • Mike M.

            I voted for the guy and genuinely miss having him in office. If racism is all you see everywhere you click then you have bigger problems than racism in your life buddy. You should go sort those things out, you never know…you might end up being happy.

          • monsterUcreated

            Oh, you toned it down…you “good racist” you!

          • Orca

            Fuck me, you’re a terrible troll. Up your game man.

        • ceylon mooney

          kovalev clearly won the first match. two fights had rigged judging. hooker lost by a wide ass margin to perez.

    • Ted Mendez

      Kovalev didn’t look too comfortable to me, especially after that right hand that wobbled him. Ever see that before? Well, your boy Sergey didn’t know what to do after that and was looking for a way out and got it, but perhaps not the way he anticipated. The end was nigh, my friend, and you can complain about “shut out, unanimous decision victory” all you want but your boy got his ass kicked. By the way, you giving Ward Rds. 4 and 5 sort of contradicts your “shut out” nonsense.

      • Terrence Martineau

        Absolutely… didn’t want to fight.. sitting on bottom rope hands down.. not fighting back in any way!

      • TNT

        There were two grown men in the ring last night, neither of which were “mine.” The low blows altered the course of the fight-plain and simple. You obviously are a nuthugger thus take aim at my comment. Kovalev should have been winning the fight comfortably on the score cards.

        • Ted Mendez

          I think Ward’s right cross to the chin altered the course of the fight.

          • TNT

            The nut shot made the right possible. The right only did damage because of its context.

          • Ted Mendez

            Nonsense, and a rather pathetic excuse. Ward was starting to throw and land the stronger and more meaningful shots. You could see that big punch coming…well, perhaps not YOU, but the rest of us could see it coming.

          • TNT

            There is nothing pathetic nor excuse-like in my description, may I repeat description, of the chain of events leading to Ward’s win. I doubt Ward even seen a big punch coming but you and the rest of your imaginary legions of boxing savants did? Let me in the club. Next time, I’ll head on over to Vegas before a fight and make a killing.

          • Ted Mendez

            RJJ saw it coming–during the fight so your “Vegas” comment is lame. Many viewers who were watching and were not carried away with supporting Kovalev could feel it coming. Whether it was expected or not, Ward landed the biggest punch of the fight–of EITHER FIGHT between these two. And it had nothing to do with low blows. Your argument is ridiculous.

    • ciobanu catalin

      they had ward winning AGAIN! unbelievable

      • shza

        Ward was clearly winning. Lederman should be investigated for collusion with the Russians for scoring FIVE rounds for Kovalev – what a joke.

      • monsterUcreated

        Yea, because he was winning…and then knocked him out.

        • ciobanu catalin

          yeah, and you re not african american or us citizen right, you couldnt be bias … stop embarrassing yourself with all this nonsense comments

    • Donald Walton

      SK forgot there is no timeout in boxing.

      • monsterUcreated

        For real!

    • JV316

      LOL

    • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

      Yeah, Ward might just be the greatest dirty fighter of all time. He and Virgil Hunter set out on a mission to perfect the ‘art’ of tactical fouling and have succeeded, and been allowed to succeed. The pass this guy gets from the media and, of course, referees, is nauseating.

      I would also draw attention to the usual Ward headbutts, one of which was delivered ‘expertly’ by the American shortly before the endless succession of low and borderline blows started in that 8th round.

      Ward professes to follow the ‘Good Book’ yet proceeds to cheat his fellow man at every opportunity in the ring. There was justification for Ward’s disqualification in the ring as far back as his first title win over Kessler. Those fouls are just so slick though for enamoured referees to actually do their job.

      It’s a sorry state of affairs when one of the most tactically effective fighters of his generation veers so far away from the rule book that he should be practically discounted from any discussions pertaining to the best boxers in the world today. I seem to recall the undersized Chocolatito Gonzalez attempt to brilliantly, and cleanly, punch his way out of consistent difficulty against a big, strong Thai opponent earlier this year, in a performance which should have cemented his position as the worlds’ greatest boxer, only to get shafted by the judges and make room for a sickening celebration of Ward’s overly liberal interpretation of the Queensbury rules.

      Fuck Ward and fuck the system that perpetuates this grossly unwarranted adulation of the cheats’ ‘greatness.’

      • monsterUcreated

        “Fuck Ward because he is a good black fighter!” I think is what you meant to say.

        • TNT

          That is what you wish he wrote. Why? Because you lead a pathetic, meaningless existence that you wish to justify by placing the blame on anyone else but yourself. Ward’s father is WHITE. He learned about boxing through his WHITE father. Does that hurt your racist feelings?

        • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

          Twat.

          I grew up idolizing black fighters.

          Racist pricks like you love to pull that card.

    • Andre Jefferson

      Stop hating, he lost, get over it

    • monsterUcreated

      Hahaha…hilarious! I haven’t been on here in years, but I see the same bull shit…hating on black fighters.

      • TNT

        GTFOH you race baiting troll.

    • Cashtime

      I bet your of that same inept group of people who think the former FBI director did the president “small p”
      good in his testimony.

      • TNT

        I have no idea what you are writing about. I haven’t followed American politics much since the election.

  • Dee Money

    I had it 67-66 for Kovalev (taking rds 2, 3, 5, 6) although Ward was gonna clearly even it up in the last rd. DDo I think Kovalev could’ve gone on and the stoppage was premature? Yeah, but at the same time dude was sitting on the ropes not defending himself, I’ve seen worse.

  • Jay

    Kovalev is the son of excuses and so are his fans! lolol

  • Conrad

    Warned for a low blow in the first, landed a low blow in the second (called fair by Weeks) then gets a stoppage win from 3 consecutive low blows. Dirtiest fighter in the game

    • Jay

      You mad! lolol

      • Mitchell Nelms

        Yeah, Ward should’ve been warned more than once and then disqualified for landing 3 consecutive low blows.

        • TNT

          Just as sickening were the HBO sycophants whom then took to praising Ward for his, ahem, performance. They justified this vile act by repeating that the shots were not low. SMH

    • Angel

      Did you see the replay? the first body shot that hurt him was on the belt, legal, then got hurt by a straight right hand, all the other ones were good or boderline, he was bent over.

      • Conrad

        What are you talking about? When he was at the ropes at least 2/3 punches were low and prob all three were, you could tell on the HBO replay even Max said

        • shza

          You’re talking about stuff that landed after the right that had Kov reeling and ready to go.

      • shza

        Exactly.

    • SouthMan

      That wasn’t a low blow. Borderline. indeed…

  • Nixtradamus

    Dougie Fischer’s vagina bleeding heavily after knockout!

  • JL

    That was bs. Stoppage was premature and the last blow was definitely low. There’s probably gonna be a 3rd fight unless Ward decides to go against Stevenson.

    • maxx

      All 3 final blows were low blows, this is a black eye on boxing PERIOD.

      • JL

        Kovalev was legit rocked by that right but this just looks bad on Ward with that premature stoppage.

        • shza

          Looks much worse on Kovalev getting his ass beat like that tho

        • maxx

          A right hand that never would have landed had Ward not thrown that blatant low blow 10 seconds before that right hand, Sergey was seriously suffering from that low blow to the balls, it altered the entire dynamics of the fight.

  • Nixtradamus

    Ward, trained in secret by John Ruiz, scores spectacular knockout.

  • Nixtradamus

    Ward will always beat Kovalev, easier every time. Would love to see a third fight, but it will be another knockout. Kovalev is defenseless against the body attack.

  • Dee Money

    You can argue that the punches were on the belt line, and if to you that is low so be it, but there is no way anything was near his junk.

    • Angel

      unless his dick starts below his belly button…

      • left hook

        Lol

  • Fist_ti_cuffs

    But everyone is forgetting about the right cross that made Kov do the stanky leg. -_-

    • Nixtradamus

      He was gonna be knocked out after that.

    • maxx

      The right cross which landed as a result of Sergey being seriously weakened by a blatant and obvious low blow that even Stevie Wonder could have detected, even then Ward could not put Sergey down, shows his lack of power.

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        He was out on his feet from punishment and fatigue. Once again your pain brings me pleasure.

        • TNT

          He was bundled in excruciating pain. Those nut shots are punishing and draining. That’s for sure.

          • Dee Money

            C’mon man, nothing hit him in his nuts. He had his belt up high. If you want to say a shot on the belt line should be considered low then fine. But don’t act like anything was near his nuts

          • TNT

            Low blows. My nuts tend to swing. Not sure if yours stay in place. And punched below the belt hurt like hell.

          • Chris Stans

            That spot right above the groin. If u hit it just right, the pain is near the same

          • left hook

            Kovalev doesnt like that body work.

          • SouthMan

            not a low blow…

          • TNT

            Ward landed various low blows throughout the fight. Most importantly the illegal punches that led to his victory.

        • maxx

          Punishment from illegal low blows, shame on you man, if he would have won fair and square we would have all applauded Ward, yet this is going to be a tainted victory and rightly so!

        • left hook

          I thought he said Ward hits like a girl…lol.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Yep………….. Claressa Shields mixed with Ann Wolfe.

      • shza

        You mean the one that was clearly right on the belt line in the slomo replay? That’s what landed right before the hook to the head.

        • maxx

          Bollocks it was way below the beltline!

    • ceylon mooney

      wicked shot there
      knocked him stupid

  • maxx

    One of the worst refereeing performances I have ever seen at this level, I believe Stevie Wonder could have done a better job, their was a vicious low blow in the 7th which was totally ignored, which really hurt Sergey, and in the eight before Ward landed those right hands to the chin he unleashed another blatant low blow which made Sergey pretty much defencless, and the final three shots all looked low and then the stoppage, disgusting refereeing and the obnoxious arrogant attitude of Ward made me sick. Boxing lost big time tonight, I thought Sergey was edging the fight and deserved a chance to recuperate.

    • Mitchell Nelms

      I’m still shocked. Weeks had a good vantage point, too. There no excuse to let a fighter get hit low 4 times in one round.

      • maxx

        I am just completely astonished to what I saw, either Weeks has severe myopia or…….Kudos Mitch

        • Mitchell Nelms

          I’m not sure, Maxx. I know what I saw and Ward should’ve been warned twice and then disqualified for excessive low blows. The slo-mo captured every punch below the belt and I saw at least 4. Someone else said 5, but I’m not sure.

          • maxx

            Indeed their should have been consequences for the jab and grab specialist.Kudos Mitch.

        • Da True GOAT

          You are all just butthurt sore losers just like that crybaby hillbilly who got kayoed.

          • maxx

            Upvoting you own comments LOL.

    • TNT

      You’re are dictating truisms into the screaming asylum. We seen it the same pal.

      • maxx

        Indeed pal indeed, I for one do not wish to see this jab and grab specialist ever again.Kudos friend

        • shza

          russian trolls in the house #fakenews

          • maxx

            Fair and balanced Englishman!

          • shza

            that’s what all russian bot accounts say

          • maxx

            Dasvidanya!!!!

          • TNT

            Tell’em. Kudos!

          • maxx

            Kudos.

    • Chris Stans

      That first uppercut he thru when Kov was against the ropes was straight dick murder

      • maxx

        Absolutely, mate it bloody kills.Kudos Chris and a sad night for boxing.

    • left hook

      Obnoxious arrogant Ward??..kovalev was the arrogant racist one. Why didn’t u call him out on his racist comments?

      • maxx

        Blah,blah…blah.

        • left hook

          U can’t even defend your statement.. If you are not pathetic explain how ward is arrogant and kovalev is holy.

          • maxx

            Blah, blah…blah

  • Conrad

    Andre “son of Tony Weeks” Ward has a nice ring to it

    • Jay

      lol you mad! Kov got ktfo. Send his ass back to Mother Russia.

  • Dee Money

    Am I the only one who though Kovalev pressed too much early in this fight and had nothing left in the tank again?

    • Fist_ti_cuffs

      The Rumble in the Jungle part II. SOG made him look like a mummy.

      • left hook

        Ward should be P4P number one now.

        • shza

          Yes, but Kovalev has secured the #1 P4P Crybaby spot. #undisputed

        • Fist_ti_cuffs

          He will be.

  • Louie

    I had it 67-66 Ward after 7 rounds. I felt Ward was about to take over the fight and win by stoppage or wide UD. Regarding the stoppage, Kovalev was bent over, not protecting himself and not being held up by the ropes – good stoppage, right winner.

    • James Kirsch

      Good stoppage? Kovalev was bent over from the pain of three straight low blows. At that point, it’s the referee’s job to stop the action so that a fighter who’s been fouled can recover, not declare the fight a TKO victory for the fighter who fouled him. That was one of the worst stoppages in the history of the sport.

      • Louie

        For me only 1 of 3 punches was clearly below the belt. Kovalev was already hugely on the defensive before any of the 3 punches and in serious trouble. Kovalev didn’t give the referee any indication of recovery/protecting himself. I back the referee’s calls on this one – after all, he has the best view of anyone.

        • James Kirsch

          Kovalev was on the defensive because he was hurt with a shot to the head, and it’s likely that he only got caught with it because he was hurt by a blatant low blow that occurred a few moments before that — which the referee ignored.

          As for the final sequence, it’s easy to see that all three punches Ward landed were questionable, and two of them were clearly low, including the last one. A replay later showed that Ward’s entire glove was below Kovalev’s beltline, and given that the fight was stopped as the result of those punches, there’s simply no rational way to argue that Weeks made the right call. In this day and age of HD cameras all around the ring capturing multiple angles, it’s silly to say that the referee has the best view. This isn’t 1940. Replays clearly show that he was wrong.

          • Louie

            It certainly wasn’t a clear cut scenario. But we have hindsight whereas the Ref doesn’t. My initial instinct was that the stoppage was a tiny bit premature. But I wasn’t too bothered because Ward was clearly in the ascendency and there was only 1 winner in my view from the 7th round on. The ref could have been tougher on the low blows, but in my opinion most of them were borderline.

          • James Kirsch

            It’s not a matter of opinion though; the replays show that two of the key “body shots” — the one that preceded the punch upstairs that wobbled Kovalev, and the final one before he bent over in pain — were completely below the beltline (and the other two were highly questionable). In other words, the entirety of Ward’s glove was in the area that Tony Weeks had designated as low during the pre-fight instructions. As a result, those punches were illegal, and warranted a break in the action so that Kovalev could recover. That probably would have prevented him from getting caught with the shot to the head that wobbled him (and started his troubles), and it would have saved him from getting stopped against the ropes. Those were two opportunities for Weeks to make the right call, and either one would have changed the course of the fight. Unfortunately, he blew both calls and his ineptitude directly influenced the outcome.

          • Louie

            It’s always a matter of opinion. Two pillars of boxing are subjective refereeing and subjective judging – getting used to it will save you stress. I can certainly sleep easy on this one as Ward was in the ascendency and in my view the premature stoppage only brought forward the inevitable – a wide Ward UD to late TKO.

          • James Kirsch

            Not when the replay clearly shows Ward’s entire glove below the beltline during several key punches in the 8th round. There’s simply no way to argue that those are legal blows, and as such, Weeks’ decision to ignore them was indisputably wrong.

            As for Ward’s ascendancy, I agreed with Lederman and Weisfeld, and had Kovalev ahead at the time of the stoppage. Ward’s success in round 7 certainly didn’t prove he was going to take over the fight, and his success in round 8 was predicated on multiple low blows. Therefore, I think it’s a cop-out to say that competent refereeing would merely have delayed the inevitable. Anything could have happened, but we’ll never know because of the improper stoppage, and that’s maddening, especially for a PPV fight.

          • Louie

            I guess we will just have to disagree on this one. I hope that you enjoyed the first – I certainly thought it was a great contest from start to finish! You should move to the UK where all these mega fights are free on standard “cable”. Even our biggest PPV events (90,000 in Wembley Stadium!) are only $20! Try not to let these things get to you – it’s all part of boxing! If you really want to get legitimately upset about something, head over to the rigondeaux page… that should have been ruled a NC all day. Take it easy!

  • Nixtradamus

    Kovalev’ trousers were very high – no real low blows. Some were borderline, but he just got the sh*t beaten out of him by a stronger, more aggressive Ward.

    If they fight again, it will be the same.

    • Dee Money

      Exactly, if you wear your pants up high then you have to expect that. TO act as if these struck him in his junk is foolish

      • Nixtradamus

        Agree.

    • JL

      But whole thing is that this should have been a knock down not a stoppage for pete’s sake.

      • JV316

        he quit

        • JL

          no he was just gassed and hurt from the body/low punches, but he could still catch second wind and who knows.

          • JV316

            the right over the top did it, buckled him

          • JL

            oh come on, worse has happened and the tides turned

          • JV316

            it was over

          • left hook

            It’s surprising how a guy who punches like a girl buckled kovalev.

          • JV316

            haha shocking, right

    • Angel

      Probably their strategy, that way complain about the body shots being low.

      • shza

        exactly

    • Da True GOAT

      Very good observation upvote for you sir.

  • michael c

    Kov was gassing out and Ward was coming on also, Ward showed some class when he looked to the ref instead of jumping on kov

    • Jay

      He should have 10 pieced his ass instead. lol

      • michael c

        I don’t know what that means but lol

        • Fist_ti_cuffs

          10 punch combination.

          • SouthMan

            lol

        • Mike M.

          He’s talking black that’s why

  • JV316

    anybody who says ward only won that fight because of low blows is refusing to face reality, it’s fake news

  • Chris Stans

    I have mixed feelings. Everyone is arguing over body shots but every time Kov thru a right, Ward would start wrestling, and just like always he does it with absolute impunity

    • Jay

      Ward K.O. Kovalev. The End. (:

      • Chris Stans

        Don’t.state.the.obvious.fanboy. (:

      • left hook

        Lol..stop saying that…u gonna let them commit suicide.

  • Diego Blanco

    Weeks should have given Kovalev an 8 count instead of stopping the fight and Kovalev should’ve punched Ward low and make Tony Weeks do something about the low blows.

    • shza

      Kovalev was throwing nothing but arm punches by the end of R7. Dude was done — if not then, then soon after.

      • Diego Blanco

        Then let it be after. People paid good money to watch this fight.

        • shza

          I agree I would have liked to see it go longer and Kov get the full brutal beatdown that was coming. Probably why he wasn’t complaining when it got stopped though.

    • Angel

      Seriously?? So every excuse has been exhausted so you want to bring back the standing 8 count which isn’t in the rule book anymore?

      • Diego Blanco

        Can you really say after paying good money to watch a fight,that stoppage was satisfying and conclusive??

    • JL

      Apparently you can’t do a standing 8 count in a unified fight

  • Nixtradamus

    Chocolatito-Ward at a 147 catch weight, refereed by Barbara Walters (if she is still alive – I think she is, but if not, then Bruce “Kaitlin” Jenner).

  • Dee Money

    Well, Rigo will be happy. Now nobody is talking about the legit cheapshot KO.

    • Chris Stans

      That was insane. I thought he’d snapped

      • Dee Money

        Insane indeed, it really needs to be reviewed.

  • VDAP

    Wards is a slick boxer. He knew how to keep Kovalev at mid range. Kovalev did better in this fight, but Ward also did better by throwing earlier to the body. Moving forward and being the perceived aggressor does not always mean your ahead. The rounds were close and could go either way. Wards body shots were on the belt or waist line and not low. Kovavlev did seem to lose steam earlier in this fight. I do think the stoppage was premature. Kovalev could of fought on. I disagree with the refs stoppage. I wanted to get more out of my pay per view. I will give Kovavlev that. I am waiting for the trilogy.

    • shza

      No need for a trilogy. Ward was better this fight than the last, and Kovalev was significantly worse. No answer for the body work, at all.

    • left hook

      No need for a third fight. If ward lost he wouldn’t get a rematch. Personally ward should fight one or two more times and try to unify and retire.

  • Arjay Cee

    Stunning. Masterful.

    Andre’s TKO ranks up there with Floyd’s KO of Victor Ortiz.

    • shza

      So many Ward haters / Putin lovers tonight. Kov got outclassed — it was not going to end well for him whenever it ended.

      • Mike M.

        ^^its Libtards like this guy who ruin the country…and the internet!!

        • Ted Mendez

          Shut up, douche. It’s a boxing site, ignorant jack-ass.

          • Mike M.

            Shut up you damn CUCK. Go find yourself a safe-zone where you and cuck buddies can talk about how offended you are.

          • shza

            You got it backward, Putin. It’s the Kovalev fans that are crying about how offended they are that their guy got beat down.

          • Ted Mendez

            Shut up, pussy. Thanks.

          • Mike M.

            Pussy huh? LOL that’s real cute coming from some scrub ass internet warrior.

      • JL

        lolll ok lets not turn this politics

        • Mike M.

          LOL couldn’t help myself

      • Arjay Cee

        I picked Ward to win. In retrospect, I should have picked him to win dirtily.

        • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

          ALWAYS pick Ward to win dirtily.

      • Harry

        Instead of SK ending Ward’s career it is Andre who put his career at stake

  • The Black Mamba

    I can’t really say what would have happen if the fight had continued – the tendency was bad for Kovalev, though. He looked gassed and frustrated. He could be up on the score cards by 1 or 2 rounds until that point but it was going against his favor pretty fast. I don’t like the stoppage, either. It looked like a bonafide low blow and for some reason HBO wants Andre Ward to win.
    There is no doubt though, that the right hand wobbled Krushers legs and I think some of that was part of Kovalevs fatigue, physically and mentally.

    By the way, what where the odds for TKO Ward like? Lol

    • Chris Stans

      u know somebody probably made GOOD money off that tko 😂

      • The Black Mamba

        I would’ve loved a clear decision, going either way, just to have the controversy settled.
        I accept though, that there will be no clear cut, definitive answer to who is the better fighter. Neither of them could dispose their will on the other and so it ended once again in controversial fashion. What I can say, though, is that SOG lost his speed after the lay-off and being active for 4 fights, I don’t expect it to come back again.

        • Chris Stans

          So u don’t think he can handle cruiser? Cuz when he said it I had no faith in that happening

          • The Black Mamba

            Those are some big guys and Ward will have his hands full with any guy he can’t move on the inside. There is a reason there are weight classes in boxing.

            He said that after the Barrera fight as well. That’s a mixture of adrenalin and endorphine, LOL.

  • Da True GOAT

    Hahaha stupid excuses from losers pouring in like someone blowed up a dam.

    What low blow? Those punches were borderline and even the shorts of Kovalev were a bit high.

    To all of you losers, go and join that crybaby hillbilly to his trip back home and raise goats with him.

    And bring this with you >>>>>> L.

  • Son Lyme

    Vegas. The fake town built on funny money. Yet with all that money sloshing around the only real talking points are to do with incompetent referees and clueless one eyed judges. Beyond bizarre.

  • Donald Walton

    Andre Ward is the Miles Davis of Boxing.

  • left hook

    I just hope this ends the saga between these fighters and everybody can move on. I hope kovalev moves up in weight…his to huge for LHW anyway.

  • TMT LONDON-DA REAL OLA ODUSINA

    AMEN!!!!!

    • FLOMATARD
      • TMT LONDON-DA REAL OLA ODUSINA

        I think you’re forgetting the right hand to his face.

        ANDRE WARD IS P4P1! NO ARGUMENT!

        • TNT

          I still think Roman is #1. Ward comes somewhere behind Rigo, Loma, and GGG.

          • TMT LONDON-DA REAL OLA ODUSINA

            SAY WHATTTTTT??!!!!! LOL come onnnnnn. No.

          • TNT

            Well, behind Loma and Rigo, and certainly the chocolate one. Roman has been screwed out of his P4P spot. The American journalist are slobbering, literally licking their chops, at the idea of an American taking that top spot. Make no mistake about it neither when it comes to the heavyweight division. The moment AJ loses the American journalists will go on long-winded rants about how he was never that good anyway.

        • FLOMATARD

          That right is legel, how about punch?

  • JL

    Clear view of low blow below belt line what do y’all think?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFzrIExfX3c

    • shza

      When your shorts are pulled up that high (as Weeks pointed out to Kovalev *before the fight*, the belt line isn’t the dividing line for legal/illegal. That punch is borderline, for sure. But it also came after the right cross and after Kovalev had mentally given up.

      • HighSpeedImmigrant

        The shorts were high, but not THAT high. That punch was squarely on the lettering below the belt.

    • left hook

      We cant really judge by that angle but it didn’t look low to me

  • Turner Wednesday

    Tonight’s fight is irrelevant. We all know Adonis is the real champ.

    • left hook

      I even more convinced Adonis can beat kovalev now. Imagine Stevenson landing those left hands on kovalev the way ward was landing…it will be good night for kovalev.

  • Turner Wednesday

    Did Max Kellerman seriously suggest AJ v Ward could be a possibility? I think it was tongue in cheek, but seriously…

  • Turner Wednesday

    Tonight’s fight is irrelevant. We all know Tony Bellew is the real P4P champ.

  • KUSH

    Kovalevs trunks were high so the whole low blow thing other than one is a stupid argument. Kovalev doesnt have an inside game and the body shots wore him down. He even started fighting southpaw and turning his back to Ward. He was shook. The end was inevitable

    • shza

      Exactly. Blueprint is in on Kovalev now — zero answer for the LEGIT body work. Guy couldn’t land a punch either.

      • left hook

        I think he can be beaten by Stevenson or any body that targets the body well.

  • Mark Smith

    YO Fisti this was my favorite fight in my 41 years on this planet; man you should meet me in Vegas as I’m going to the Alvarez Golovkin fight so that we can celebrate our boy Andre dominant performance man I have lost all respect for many in this ring community after reading their absurd comments

  • Pecci

    I’m not a fan of Kovalev, but every fighter works harder to win that most of us cannot imagine. The fight was stopped after low blows, with the ref standing right there. He must have been wearing bi-focals. I felt for Kov. He should have been given the time to recover. For me personally, I’ve seen enough from this amazingly crooked, poison infested sport. Not ever a dime more, from me! I’ve counted ”myself” out from this polluted sport.

  • Haimat Mustafa

    so the same guy Mike Coppinger screaming out loud that Kovalev was a racist prior to the fight is writing another BS story.

    RingTV please fire this guy!

  • Andre Jefferson

    Boxing is the 1 sport that really unmask people’s racist hearts.an American, whom is a model athlete vs a racist russian, yet Americans root against the American, oh that’s right, ward is black

    • monsterUcreated

      It’s scary, but not surprising.

  • JV316

    enjoying coppingers articles

  • BobbyPFalcon

    Major props to Ward. Had him losing first fight and was impressed Ward even took the rematch.

  • Jim Parkinson

    But…but…how could Kovalev possibly lose? He was really ANGRY at Ward, remember? That was supposed to get him the victory!

    Sergey was physically and mentally finished. He wanted out and Tony Weeks granted his wish, and probably saved him from a career altering beating in the process.

    • monsterUcreated

      Exactly!

    • Egor Borisov

      Weeks saved his balls for future, agreed.

      • monsterUcreated

        Kovalev better be happy he’s not going the hospital tonight.

      • Jim Parkinson

        And gave Kovalev ANOTHER excuse for losing.

  • monsterUcreated

    MESSAGE TO WARD HATERS:

    1. Kovalev stopped defending himself and did not go down or get held up by ropes.
    2. Weeks stepped in because of this fact.
    3. Blame Kovalev for quitting, (not Ward for punishing him nor Weeks for doing his job).
    4. Complain about low blows if you think you’re getting hit with low blows…don’t quit.
    5. Sorry.

  • Roberto Carlos Guerra

    Instead of “SOG” his nickname should be “The Ball Snatcher”.

    • monsterUcreated

      Nah, SOG is better.

  • Joel Leonardo Almestica

    Disgusting The way kovalev got robbed! How many low blows should a fighter receive before the referee intervenes?

    What a way to destroy a classic

    • monsterUcreated

      He got his ass beat, bro.

  • JV316

    roy said it A FULL MINUTE before the right that hurt kovalev, ward knew kovalev didn’t want to be in there anymore…

  • John Swan

    I had it even at the time of the stoppage (3 rounds a piece and one drawn round), but Kovalev showed the classic case of the bully getting bullied. Ward truly made him his bitch this time.

  • Egor Borisov
    • monsterUcreated

      Debatable, but don’t quit because of that.

    • Jay

      Your idol doubled over in pain. You can’t stop defending yourself 5 times in one round. Go cry me an ocean.

  • Tom Mendola

    It was frustrating to watch this one. Serge looked slower than the first match and had no strategy to deal with Andre besides trying to land the right over the jab which Andre took away from him. Again, Serge was following him around the ring and missing many punches. Andre was faster and stronger this time around and the fight picked up where it left off only this time Andre had Serge’s number down and was in better shape. Yes, there were fouls from both men and Andre’s were more flagrant. Andre was hitting low in the first match as well and I did not see any strategy from Serge to stop it. Andre was hitting him low at the end. I do not like referees that do not enforce the rules. Tony Weeks is one of them. “It was on the belt line” NOT! Once Andre heard that, he went for Serge’s body low and he got away with at least two flagrant low blows at the end that I could see. Yea, “it’s a fight”, NO! It is supposed to be a boxing match. I really think Serge has to blame himself for losing this one. By his own admission he did not want input from anyone, not even John. “Smash his face in”, is not a strategy and he did not have a strategy to deal with Andre’s defense. I would have liked to have seen a clean ending from Andre instead of this mess. He could have done it cleanly and that would have been artful.

    • monsterUcreated

      All debatable…Tony Weeks did his job. Be mad at Kovalev for not doing his.

      • Tom Mendola

        I picked Andre to win but this ending is reminiscent of Duran winning the lightweight title.

  • The Bloody Nine

    Lot of confirmation bias for this fight. Ref definitely stopped too early and there were definitely a few low blows that weren’t spotted. Shame it didn’t get the finish it deserved .

    • monsterUcreated

      Kovalev needs to learn there is no time out in boxing. He did it a few times and Weeks stepped in and let him get away with it. But wincing over in pain is a boxing sign for “I’m done”.

      • Jay

        Thank you…

  • Iqbal Hoque

    Low or not.You do not stop a pound for pound matchup at the first opportunity. That was a terrible stoppage. Boxing is losing credibility fast.

  • repugnicant

    That was a beautiful right. I don’t think Kovalev had ever been hit like that and you could tell he was mentally finished. Weeks should have known better, though. Let Ward finish it off. Now there’s all kinds of b.s. flying around dissing Ward’s win.

  • Blair Nicol

    Early stoppage but you could argue that tye ref is there to protect the fighters, and Kovalev was done.

    He wasn’t defending himself on the ropes. That couple with the fact he was clearly gassed and ate a huge right a few seconds prior to the finish and I can kind of see where Tony Weeks was coming from.

    Still early though.

  • philoe bedoe

    Nothing against Ward he took his chances, but it’s the ref who should have put a stop to those low blows.
    Tony Weeks was a disgrace.
    There’s a reason low blows are illegal, they fucking hurt…………

    • IanF69

      Yea the blows were low but hey Ward has a history for those kind of tactics…and thats what they are..tactics to piss you off, wear you down and frustrate the shit outa you….Kov know’s this , hell we all know so he should have been ready to react…..he should have stiffed one right into Wards balls…but instead he turned his back and looked deflated….Ward just has his number but i was surprised how much lack of fight Kov had.

      • philoe bedoe

        Like I said, nothing wrong with a fighter using those tactics to win, it’s a fight.
        But the refs job is to stop those low blows.
        Weeks as shown a bias to home fighters before, he excused as blatant an head butt as you’ll see in the Fury v Klitchko fight….,…..

        • IanF69

          It’s a pity he used the low blows Philoe as I thought he was coming on strong anyway…Kov just hates being hit or bullied….and I think we can add Weeks name next to Bayless and Cortez as a ref who protects his fighter….Ward just does again what he’s good at….winning… Cheers m8 hope you enjoyed it.

          • philoe bedoe

            I was enjoying a good fight a close fight between elite level boxers, but was dissapointed by the ending.
            Your right Kovalev was looking like he was feeling the pace although he was still throwing and landing plenty………..

          • left hook

            I dont think it was low, if it was Low, it was just one or two but why are u making it seem like he did it intentionally.

          • IanF69

            I didn’t say it was intentional but if your defending it then go look at the replays on here…He would have won without the low blows.

          • left hook

            I have looked at the reply and I don’t think it was low.. though it wasn’t clear.

  • IanF69

    If your hit low and the ref don’t help then you hit back low….Kov again looked like he had nothing left, he seemed fed-up that everything he was doing was not bothering Ward in the slightest…Ward just drained the fight out of him.

  • AJ de Guzman

    There’s a huge difference between a borderline punch and a below the belt punch. Kovalev is clearly trying to take a knee after those shots. Why stop it? When Ward should have been deducted a point at least from those illegal blows.

    Krusher was on the receiving end of unfortunate breaks of the game. He even threw and landed more shots than SOG. Just saying..

  • Haimat Mustafa

    Is ward juicing?

  • Orca

    Strange​ stoppage. Don’t know what to make of it. Kov didn’t handle the low blow situation well. You’d think he’d have known after the last fight that he wouldn’t get a fair shake from the ref or judges. He should have retaliated or at least defended himself better. Regardless, even before the stoppage, Ward looked like he was going to be the stronger fighter in the second half. I had Kov 3 points up at time of TKO but he was wilting. Shame ward sullied his performance with these stupid tactics of his. I don’t think he needed to do it to get the victory. I give him props though for getting the W. The fight left me feeling a bit meh. Just wanted a clear win with no bull.

    • IanF69

      Yea Kov was wilting….He doesn’t seem to handle body (ok some low) shots at all……Ward gets these dirty shots off all the time so Kov shoulda known better….The right hand rocked him though…Ward just drained his will in there…..but like you say he could have done it without the low digs as i thought he would have won anyway.

      • Orca

        Agreed. Kov was expending a lot of nervous energy in there. The body shots were hurting too. He seems to struggle to stick with what works at times. Can only hope that ward actually defends the titles now.i was impressed with Ward for a lot of that fight. He doesn’t need to do that other stuff. Saying all that, I still don’t rate him p4p1. He needs to clean up his game.

        • IanF69

          Totally…Loma, Crawford and Spence Jnr can all win without the shit and be easy on the eye….and for me they are above Ward on the P4P list…just my opinion as this thread is loaded….Cheers m8

          • left hook

            Why would u rate Spence Jr over Ward?

          • IanF69

            Easier on the eye….Ward just dont float my boat when it comes to watching him…and my opinion is Spence Jnr will go on to be a HOF and one of the great WW’s…..Ward’s fights are shit to watch and if we are calling him P4P #1 …no wonder boxing’s struggling for viewers…..Just my own opinion.

          • left hook

            U didnt explain why u have Spence who just won his 1st title and ward who is a unified champ in multiple divisions.
            Show evidence boxing is struggling for viewers.
            And it’s ok if u don’t like ward doesn’t mean others dont like him.

          • IanF69

            Yea I dont need to explain anything lefty….go troll elsewhere.

          • left hook

            I wasn’t trolling you. I simply just asked a question..u can’t even back your comments up..shame.
            Ok at least show evidence boxing is struggling.

          • IanF69

            When a fight with Mayweather against a novice can preach figures of $100 mill each and a fight between 2 of the best supposedly in their division earn $8mill between em….its just the facts…boxing is struggling.

          • left hook

            Oh u back this up but u can’t back your other comment on Spence up.
            The Floyd fight is just a money grab fight. If u think this fight struggles with viewers just go on YouTube and see the amount of views and people talking about the fight on boxing blogs.

          • IanF69

            I’ll back up anything I print LH but it’s my opinion which Sometimes everyone and on this occasion, you won’t agree with…. next to MMA PPV figures as above shows the noble art is struggling with the younger more blood thirsty generation…..On Spence being above Ward (who if you look at my previous posts I say is a genius at work and always finds a way to win) I rate Spence above him because Spence does it within the rules and entertains me in doing so…he broke down Brook( who I rate as a good fighter) away from home…Ward doesn’t travel….His win against Kessler, Froch and now 2 wins against Kov were full of blatant fouls…..now he is clever enough to get away with it, but, it doesn’t mean i enjoy or like it….for a fighter (again Just My opinion) to be a P4P it must be within the rules of Boxing……..Loma…slick and within the rules…Crawford…slick and deadly..within the rules..Spence Jnr….Brutal body shot artist and slick within the rules….Ward…genius at getting the job done but just not keeping to the rules of boxing…..Hope this explains my thoughts as I don’t like to be rude or piss anyone off on this site…..Cheers

          • left hook

            It’s good it’s your opinion..P4P is not decided on opinions instead it’s decided on who u beat. Spence (who I rate) has not beaten many top ten to be consider p4p.
            Boxing is not struggling. Joshua klitschko numbers proved it.
            On ward, personally I dont think he is a dirty fighter..people just talk shit to tarnish his image. A dirty fighter is Shawn porter or maidana or Ricky Hatton. Even froch and smith praised ward and has said his unbeatable due to his savy boxing skills.
            He wasn’t dirty to kovalev in the 1st fight as kovalev him self didn’t complain but yet u are complaining. Kovalev was holding excessively and putting ward in head locks. One or two punches might has slipped low in the second fight but it wasnt intentional (nothing dirty about that). Kessler bout was a clash of heads..it happens in boxing.

          • IanF69

            I’m not complaining about anything…you haven’t read any of my previous post on Ward.. You seem to be pissed off I rate Spence above Ward…cool I aint got a problem with that…….all i said is I put Spence’s legal boxing skills above Ward’s. and It’s my own opinion…..and Froch stated in a Sky interview a few years ago he hated the holding and spoiling tactics that Ward used in his fight, he also stated he thought it was beyond reasonable or acceptable …and the figures for AJ and Klitch only came close to McGregor and Aldos PPV’s…..and now the talk is the figures for the MW and McG fight is uncountable…off the scale….it should be like that for GGG-Canelo, Ward- Kovalev but hey they ain’t…..even now Ring mag need subscription fees to access the site…is that not a warning to there is no money coming through sales that were once there ?

          • left hook

            I dont know why u think am pissed. I dont even get upset easily. I was just trying to understand your rationale for rating Spence over ward? And your rationale is off but its your opinion. Skills is not how u enter P4P but the people u beat.
            Holding and spoiling tactics is not illegal. Holding is not uncommon in boxing. Excesssive holding and refusing to engage is what is illegal. If your opponent is a power puncher u have to look for ways to be clever and spoil his game plan.
            How come u not talking about kovalev’s excessive holding or head locks or punching behind the head in both fights..or u wanna act like it didnt happen?

        • Stephen M

          I think Ward was going to win the fight anyway but I really dislike his fighting style.

          • Orca

            Yeah I agree it was Wards fight. When it comes to Ward fights, it all depends on who he’s fighting that dictates if I’ll bother to watch. Lomachenko or Crawford, I’ll watch nearly everything they do because I get a buzz watching them work. I’m sure I’ll add Spence to that list as his career progresses. Ward just turns me off. Props to the guy though. I just wish he’d filter out the garbage inside the ring and what comes out of his mouth.

          • Stephen M

            And if he could do something about his face… I just don’t like him. But he is very effective.

    • JV316

      those shots were on the belt line. one of the last shots strayed low because kovalev was bent over because he was wilting like you said. ward didn’t sully anything.

      • Orca

        I think he did sully his performance a little. What bothers me is I don’t think he had to. I give him props though for getting the win.

  • Michel Desgrottes

    I know some of y’all are sick

    • FLOMATARD
      • Michel Desgrottes

        Body shots baby

        • TNT

          Sure, the crouch area is indeed the body, technically speaking. Kudos.

        • FLOMATARD

          That aint tequila my friend, those are foul

          • Jay

            He kept crying wolf from legal shots. That’s what he deserves! Sore pussies. I hope it hurts your soul!

          • FLOMATARD

            Damn. It really hurts when your balls got hit, unless you got balls. Do you have?

        • jef20071

          BULLSHIT it was clearly Nut shots .replay even shows nut shots . you dam idiot. Lol

          • Michel Desgrottes

            Body shots

  • evtka

    just another blow to the reputation of this sport. I can imagine why younger people have no interest in it, but rather in mma.

  • Nixtradamus

    Lots of pro-Kovalev vaginas bleeding profusely from Ward’s punishing performance. Last time, Kovalev “overtrained”, this time the blows were “low” – specially the cross right that landed on his face and made him walk like the girl who went fishing with ten boys and came home with a red snapper, I guess.

    Next time (there won’t be one) it would be Ward’s goatee hurting Kova’s rosy cheeks. Whatever…

    Truth is Ward is #1 P4P and deserves to be given credit for the great fight. Can’t wait to see how Doug Fischer spins this one on the Monday mailbag, written when he leaves the hospital where he was admitted with anal palpitations after the knockout.

  • Baron Kazama

    “And certainly not after Ward has now beat him not once, but twice, this time with a resounding finish that left no doubts.”

    lol. so that’s how you call 3 low blows and incompetent referee

  • Baron Kazama

    it’s a disgrace to the sport that ring have ward as #1 P4P after all that dirty stuff from him

  • kiowhatta

    Ok, lets give Ward the kudos he deserves. He confronted Kovalev twice, endured enormous criticism and had to maintain his equanimity.
    Despite this, questions remain over the conduct of the officiating. Why was Ward not warned for excessive holding? Why, ultimately was Kovalev not granted a standing eight count? In Championship fights, it is customary to grant more than the usual safety measures to allow such a high stakes match to be decided.
    A fighter competing in such a massively important bout is usually granted MULTIPLE chances to get off the canvas to rally unless he is completely out cold and cannot defend himself.
    Why was Kovalev at least not given an eight count? The fight was, according to the cards, very close, so justification was warranted to allow Kovalev a chance to recover.
    Despite this, I applaud Ward for sustaining the situation and coming out the other side victorious.
    Kovalev has some soul searching to do, and should probably chase down a fight with Stevenson, which, if he were to win, would allow him to become redeemable.

    • Nixtradamus

      Kovalev was done, defenseless against Ward’s attack, doubled over by the ropes. Referee did what he is supposed to do when a fighter is seriously hurt and stops defending himself: put an end to the fight.

      • D Johnson

        It was only a matter of time.

    • left hook

      I agree with u on the stoppage but ward was not holding excessively. Kovalev was holding too much and he was putting ward in head locks.

  • Seth Class

    Only in America, a stoppage by low blows, boxing is becoming a joke and da son of judges wins again 😂

  • FLOMATARD

    I need to watch this again. Fuck it Kovalev gassed out and Ward took the advantage. Pretty nice lookin Jordan trunks and boots tho

  • Joe Steed III

    O Doug….. Where you at??? Niggas hiding. Yall smell that?? That’s them excuses and opinions cookin up!! This is even more gratifying than the first. All you Eastern Euro dick riders kill yourselves! All you racist kill yourselves!! All you coons kill yourselves!! Doug kill yourself!! Ggg would have gotten his ass beat, Kovalev got his ass beat, Stevenson is getting his ass beat!

    • TNT

      Wait. Aren’t you the fitting the persona of the stereotypical African American racist? You know, the guy who bend over backwards to support “Black fighters.” Never mind those silly facts that undermine your position: Ward is half-White; Ward’s father introduced his son to pugilism; Ward was scoring often with fight changing nut shots.

      • Joe Steed III

        Wait. Aren’t you mad? And Yes I am racist! Unlike you all I have absolutely no problem admitting that and I have done so many times before. I don’t lie to myself and the rest of disqus about who I am and how I feel. But I do like Joe Smith, Lee Selby, Andrezj Fonfara, and Callum Smith so Im not completely racist.

        • Joe Steed III

          I don’t care what you are typing eat a dick!!!!!!!!!!!

        • TNT

          As a boxing fan the ending was disturbing. Had it been a clean victory on either end then that would have been best, but twice the match has ended with some form of controversy. That isn’t good. It does piss me off. By the way, go seek psychological help with your racism–it is a sign of extremely low intelligence.

          • Joe Steed III

            No Its a sign of free expression and enlightenment. Just scroll down this comment section and you will see how “Your People” really feel about mine. If Big Chris can express his racism in the form in which he did, you should be happy with what I’ve given you. I refuse to respect or cheer for any race that doesn’t respect or want to see mine empowered. Be happy you can have a civilized debate with a Negro Racist. I certainly cannot say the same for those of your race who are racist.

          • Joe Steed III

            seriously dude what the fuck could you even be responding to this with?

          • TNT

            Your views, as well as those of Big Chris, are those held by people with dreadfully low IQs. I am an Amerindian you numbskull, so don’t assume who are “my people.” And there is no justifying racism. The world is populated with so many different people, try leaving your bubble to discover it one day.

          • Joe Steed III

            Well versed and well traveled so….. I’ve seen a lot of people and a lot of places. 1 thing that’s constant is the attitude and feeling towards Negros. Maybe not the actions, but certainly the thoughts. And when I say Negros I mean the African American. The entire world over the perception and treatment of African Americans is negative. Not Africans, and Dark natives, and etc.. No Nigga African Americans! Your opinion no longer entertains me, reply or don’t, I don’t care. Im done with you in these comments.

          • TNT

            I understand why you focus exclusively on African Americans–it is your ethnic group. But most people the world over do not care much about America in the sense that you do, “race”–they might pay attention to military and trade issues, if that. But most people have their own issues. Americans have it good compared to Aborigenes in Australia, Dalits in India, Albinos in SubSaharan Africa.

          • Joe Steed III

            You and some other clown are trying to debate the merits of my intelligence based on the fact that you all are upset that Kovalev lost…… But I’m the one with the low IQ correct? Listen DO NOT SAY ANYTHING ELSE TO ME. You fucking clowns have so much to say to the black guy who only admitted he was a racist. Yet you nor the other faggot have said and will not say anything to Big Chris. So since you niggas is hypocrites and only argue against the racist who do not agree with your own personal boxing opinion, suck my dick and hold that fucking L you bitch ass niggas took last night. All this talking yall doing means nothing. My IQ could be 1; still will not change the fact that Kovalev lost, yall are mad about it, and yall gotta hold this L! Eat A dick and Die you faggot ass hypocrites

          • TNT

            I stated that racism is a sign of a person with a low IQ. You admit to being a racist; hence, you are not very intelligent. This is independent of the results of a boxing match. Ward can become an ATG that won’t change the fact that you and Big Chris (whom I believe I blocked after refuting his lethargic racist arguments) are scumbags with low IQS. You like to project your repressed homosexual fantasies onto otherd, don’t you?

          • D Johnson

            If you’re as well versed and as well traveled as you say you are and still hold these views. Then there really is no excuse for you.

          • Joe Steed III

            Kovalev lost…….twice

          • D Johnson

            Yes he did. And you outed yourself as a fool.

          • Joe Steed III

            Sure if you say so. And you outted yourself as butt-hurt.
            Also never debate with a fool lest you become one yourself…… think about it before you respond.

          • D Johnson

            I won’t give it much thought because you stole that line. I’m curious who you stole it from, Mark Twain or Jay Z? Also what would I be butt-hurt about?

          • D Johnson

            Garbage.

          • Charlie U.

            Since when does some internet troll named Big Chris represent all white people? Nobody informed me of this.

          • Joe Steed III

            Since when do I represent all Black people?? Secondly if you have a problem with racist or with what Chris said you would say something to him. Yet you are on my comment saying something to me when I haven’t even disrespected your race. I only said I was racist. Get off my fucking comment you fucking hypocrite

          • Charlie U.

            I’ve called him out for his racism several times before I realized it was a waste of energy. I’m quickly finding that out about you as well.

          • Joe Steed III

            Then stop talking to me nigga!! I didnt ask for your fucking input! Yo dumb ass aint said nothing to Chris today! I aint said nothing racist fuck boy! You mad Kovalev lost. Don’t turn it into no race shit! Only reason I said I was racist is because TnT said I was so I agreed. Fuck off my dick nigga. You mad cause another grown ass man failed…?? Nigga fuck outta here with that faggot shit.

          • Charlie U.

            You need help. Are you taking Prozac or any anti-psychotic pills? I feel sorry for your wife or girlfriend. You must beat her down like your hero Floyd. By the way, are you writing in English? Your consistent use of slurs and slang has me confused.

          • Joe Steed III

            You’re deflecting because you don’t want to address the root of your issue with me. You sir are upset simply because Sergey Kovalev lost last night and in November. Debating with me on imaginary racial conflicts(considering I said nothing racist) Is not going to alleviate the pain and anger you are feeling today. Stop investing so much of your emotions into other grown men. It is quite homosexual. Now back to dis nigga shit dat I was on since you needed proper English ya bitch ass nigga!!

      • Joe Steed III

        “Ward was scoring often with fight changing nut shots.”

        “Yall smell that?? That’s them excuses and opinions cookin up!! This is even more gratifying than the first”

        • TNT

          In your eyes, a factual description is an excuse. Got you.

    • FLOMATARD

      “Eastern Euro dick riders” – Kudos

  • FLOMATARD
  • Ramreiz Manuel

    How do you say no mas in russian. ? Ward ktfo that cave man da!!!!!!

  • Dino Passaretta

    bottom line id this !!! Kovalev was gassed again and was going to be KO in the next few rounds !! for a guy who is a knock out artist thru Rd 8 he looked confused and beaten !!!

  • xxxNomadicxxx

    First it was the judges, now it’s the Ref’s. Next it will be the bell boy.

    • TNT

      The judges screwed Kovalev over the first time around and were on their way to doing it again. The referee proved incompetent–just examine all the available footage that clearly shows Ward hitting Kovalev below the belt. Those shots altered the course of the fight. Ward should have been warned, had a point taken away then disqualified had he continued braking the rules.

      • xxxNomadicxxx

        Belt line is border line. Few of those shots dropped low as a result of Kov grabbing or was bending over while the shots were delivered.

        • TNT

          The low blows were below the belt-please review the footage. A low blow is a low blow. and Ward resorted to them.

          • xxxNomadicxxx

            Watching it now, what most people will not accept is, that straight right to Kov’s head set things in motion. Kov was hurt there. Ward through several punches after that landed to the body clean. The last two before the ref stopped it, was obscured by the ref and can’t be called low blows.

          • TNT

            There is no denying that that right hand hurt Kovalev. A right hand that followed a devastating low blow. Some shots that followed were low.

          • JV316

            stop with the bullshit excuses

          • TNT

            Since when did descriptions of events become “excuses?” An excuse follows the lines of some made up reason such as “my dog ate my homework.” There is nothing fictional about the chain of events leading to Ward’s dubious TKO win over Kovalev.

          • JV316

            since when is the belt line on trunks pulled up high a low blow? weeks clearly stated to kovalev before the fight that the belt line was legal. any talk of “numerous” low blows is a lot of hot air, maybe one of the last shots strayed low because kovalev was bent over and looking for a way out

          • JV316
          • left hook

            It wasnt clear as kovalev was bending down. How did u see it when it was clear. Stop with the excuses…if it was the other way round u will claim ward was making excuses.

    • D Johnson

      Lol 😂

  • John Grady

    I admire AW a great deal – as exceptional a boxer as he has been, he is an even better person and role model.

    AW’s incredible skills were on display and I think he was clearly taking control of the fight when it ended, and was on a good path to victory. It was a competitive fight that was shifting in favor of AW, as SK was fighting through fatigue and being hurt.

    Yet, it was not a good stoppage. Even if we dismiss the strong possibility of low blows (it is tough to tell with SK bent over), SK deserved an 8 count. He was exhausted and hurt, and may not have made the count, but SK displayed resiliency and should have been allowed to continue if possible.

    SK is a great fighter, and I hope he continues fighting if that is what he wishes to do (which I am confident it is).

    • left hook

      Spot on. Ward is a role model. He didn’t even say bad things about Kovalev after the bout.
      I agree on the stoppage, it was premature. The so called low blows were difficult to see as kovalev was bending.
      Kovalev is a good fighter but I am happy ward beat him to shut his racist ass up.

      • John Grady

        Thank you, left hook.

        I must admit, however, that I saw another angle of that last punch – and it was a bit low. I think AW was absolutely on his way to victory, as despite the competitiveness of the fight SK was tiring (he had already worked through his second wind) and hurt. But SK deserved some time to recover rather than the fight being stopped.

        That said, Duva’s antics at the press conference was a bit much to say the least.

        Agreed about SK’s words – there are only so many times one can explain them away as misuse of words or not understanding their hurtful meaning. AW is such a class individual, I was really rooting for him.

  • Cashtime

    SOG SOG SOG SOG SOG SOG SOG SOG
    What a great display of devestation, domination, destruction, precision, defense, offense and heart. The sport really needs a real man like Ward leading the Pound for Pound as the greatest to date. He dominated at the Olypmpics, he dominated all the Super Middleweights sending Carl Frock and the others home with lumps on their heads and egos and now he beat up the big bad wolf from Russia, AGAIN!!

    • Charlie U.

      * devastation
      * Olympics
      * Froch

      • JV316

        i believe stevenson won gold at the olypmpics

        • Charlie U.

          Hahaha!!

  • Jay

    Andre Ward made Sergey quit. Sergey kept turning around and bending over. I think he was hoping John David Jackson would save him and throw in the towel lol. Sergey got punked in there. He was totally gassed from all his shots missing and body shots he was taking. I just love seeing the tears of his butthurt fans lol.

  • Sam Young

    I had Kovalev up in before the 8th round. Let me ask you a question – I believe Andre is a Real Christian. But I don’t know how as a Christian you can justify hitting a man below the belt ? Ward hit Sergey numerous times below the belt. He hit Sergey with a Low Blow before stunning him with the right hand. Then he hit Sergey with 3 hard punches below the belt. And instead of being disqualified for hitting Sergey below the belt, he’s awarded a TKO victory. Yet when Andrew Golota hits Riddick Bowe below the Belt in his 2 fights he’s immediately disqualified. It’s called Sin and Hypocrisy at it’s worse. I want to see someone knock Andre Ward for his continuous Dirty Tactics. Doesn’t make sense that a Child of God would have a History of Dirty Tactics under his belt.

    • shza

      The punch that set up the right hand was not even arguably low. Nor was Kovalev up on points before the 8th. Nice agenda though.

      • Sam Young

        You have a problem with lying. I understand you’re a Ward Fanboy. But why are you such a Biased Liar ? Andre Ward hit Sergey with at least 4 Low Blows before the Stoppage. Next time when watching the fight put down the Liquor Bottle watch the Fight sober. Andre Ward has been a Dirty Fighter for years. All you have to do is go to “YouTube” and type in the “Search Bar” – “Andre Ward’s Dirty Tactics” You can see with your own eyes Andre Ward Headbutting opponents, Elbowing Opponents to their Jaw, of course if you were honest and Sober you would of saw Andre Ward hitting Sergey with at least 6 or more Low Blows. Will you do any honest investigation to find out the truth. I doubt it, just lie to yourself some more. You most likely think Hillary Clinton won the Presidency LOL !!!

    • left hook

      Being a Christian and low blows are two different things. Maybe one or two was low but it was intentional and kovalev was dirty by hitting at the back of the head and putting ward in head locks.

  • Alin Juverdeanu

    In the end, Ward won by TKO. And by TKO, I mean testicular knock out.

    • FLOMATARD

      lol testicular knock out

  • Colnef

    Kovalev does not seem to like it to the body. He just seemed to stop trying in the eight. Until that point he was doing very well. Pity. Hopefully Ward vs Stephenson soon.

  • D Johnson

    . I thought the finishing shots were a tad low but I also thought Ward was bullying the bully in there. I picked Kovalev to win big. It was a career defining victory imo. Hats off to Mr Ward . He’s the best fighter in the world.

  • Charlie U.

    Maybe the stoppage was too early and he should have been given time for the low blows. But Kovalev knows he lost that fight. You could tell by the things he said after and the way he acted.

  • Orca

    Funny seeing all these names in here that are never to be found when other fights are happening. Hmmmm.

    • IanF69

      I was thinking the same.

      • Orca

        Yup. Fans of fighters rather than fans of the sport. Think they get excited by zero’s on the ends of records.

        • D Johnson

          So true

    • philoe bedoe

      It’s been the most loaded thread for some time lol …….

  • RStech

    Hmmm, suddenly Weeks is a great ref? It was only a few short years ago that the Flomos were attacking him for allowing Maidana to fight his fight. They insisted he should never be a ref again, now all of the sudden he is a hero. Interesting. Can’t imagine why.

    • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

      Lol excuses

  • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

    Lol I don’t even have to read the comments below to know that everyone is going to be talking about the low blows and none of the good work Ward did. Both fighters are world class and it showed. This was a great fight. Sergey beats everyone else in the division, that man can flat out box. Ward was much quicker and slicker than the first fight. He had an extra pep in his step. While I wasn’t sure about the stoppage, it definitely looked like things were heading that way. Ward wore him down. Sergey was exhausted and had nothing on his punches anymore. He probably would have finished, but it would have been a tough fight from there on out.

    • left hook

      Maybe one or two strayed low but ward was winning the fight and kovalev was tired. Not sure about the stoppage too but hey..if it was the other way round, u think ward will get a fair shake by this fans? When Ortiz fouled mayweather did u hear them complain about Ortiz? Instead mayweather was blamed for knocking him out.

  • victor hosey

    To start the fight, the ref draws a line as to what’s low or not right? None where extremely low/cup shots…they were right on the belt. SK threw 1 punch at the end and sat the ropes, normally a sign of not wanting to fight…and he’d already turned his back earlier.

    • JV316

      he definitely turned his back in round 7. and rjj even said at start of 8 that kov wanted out, he could smell it from a mile away

  • Joe Steed III

    Kovalev Lost hold this L. Y’all can run to the ring mag for a pity party and email doug complaining all you want to. NOTHING YOU DO IS CHANGING THE FACT THAT YALL GOTTA HOLD THIS FAT ASS L!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yall niggas is BIG mad!! I hope the writing and posting of your insignificant opinions and feelings helps yall to get over this shit cause it happened and yall got to live with it!
    Yall niggas stay taking L’s
    Floyd v Pac = L
    Rousey v Holm = L
    Lomachenko v Salido = L
    Mcgregor v Diaz = double L
    Gonzalez v Rungvisai = L
    Ggg v Jacobs = L, well that was just a bad look for Ggg still an L
    Brook v Spence = L
    Kovalev v Ward = L
    Ward v Kovalev 2 = LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Kill yourselves
    Yall niggas cant pick fights no more!

    • Joe Steed III

      whoever is typing just remember regardless of what you say…..you still gotta hold this L unless you fucking with me lol

    • FLOMATARD

      Loma vs Salido? = Sounds familiar
      I aint black but I like Spence, I watch Bud Crawford too. You mad.

    • Chris Stans

      “Y’all niggas is big mad”

    • Charlie U.

      “Yall niggas stay taking L’s”

      What does that mean? Is it some kind of urban talk?

      • Joe Steed III

        Yes you took a loss last night just like you did in November. Now hold your loss with dignity, not excuses and complaints

        • Charlie U.

          What makes you think I didn’t wanted Kovalev to win?

          • Rick

            Because you’re presumably white so that means you can only root for white people, didn’t anyone tell you? We lost last night, we must hang our heads in shame!

          • left hook

            No we didn’t…only kovalev lost.

          • Charlie U.

            Yeah, some people really things that black and white, huh? Pun intended.

          • left hook

            U always want ward to lose.

          • Charlie U.

            Not true. You’re generalizing .

          • left hook

            Judging from your previous post in the past…u have always wanted ward to lose.

          • Charlie U.

            I would dig into my previous posts to prove you wrong but I’d be wasting my time. You’ll just go right back to stereotyping people by their race.

          • left hook

            By race? I dont know your race and you don’t know mine.

          • Charlie U.

            You’re black and I’m white. No reason to beat around the bush. Doesn’t matter to me, but race always seem to matter to you.

          • left hook

            sorry to kill your soul… am not black but my great grandfather was black though..
            Race matters to U, cuz u have mentioned race in many of your comments here on disqus in the past.

          • Charlie U.

            I’m crushed.

          • left hook

            Good and I also know u are crushed Ward won.

          • Charlie U.

            Not true. I was rooting for him. Sorry I don’t fit into your box.

          • left hook

            I dont expect u to say u were crushed anyway. Now u claim u were rooting for ward, when u have always critized him and loved kovalev in the past..lol.

          • Joe Steed III

            What?? Nigga is you retarded??

          • Charlie U.

            As a black guy, shouldn’t it offend you when someone talks like that?

          • Joe Steed III

            Not at all! I gladly embrace all stereotypes. I eat chicken and watermelon. I drink purple and orange kool-aid and soda. I smoke weed. I sag. I write and speak in Ebonics etc… If it’s considered what niggas do, I’m with it . I am a racist and words mean things. I am a master of my race as a scientist is a master of science or a pugilist is a master Boxer. Embrace your race

          • Charlie U.

            What the fuck are you on, Steed?

  • AllAboutBoxing

    Did the ref Weeks go blind when low blows were thrown by Ward or did he go take some lessons from the ref from Mares vs Abeko I ??..and it was fk’d up how Max Kellerman try to make it seem like it wasn’t low blows when we can all clearly see they were…this MFer actually ask if it was border line or not ..like really dude ..when did become ok to get hit below the waist line but as long as it’s bordering lining it’s ok??..if you hit below the waist line no matter where a punch land it’s a low blow …Sad to see Max try to justify it..

  • Julie Michelle

    Kovalev just simply didn’t go after Ward and once again was spent by the middle of the fight. Very disappointing, I thought he was ahead and that he would catch Ward with a big punch, but it was not to be. The judging was lousy, as was the referee.

  • FLOMATARD
  • JL

    There is no indication of Kovalev mentally quitting. He was sustaining an attack that now after looking back a few times really was due to low blows. Kovalev took better and stronger shots in the first Pascal fight, was wobbled and came back strong. In this fight (vs Andre), he was tired and out on his feet from the body shots and especially low blows if anything, but not quitting. He went on the ropes after the low blow and Weeks waiving the fight off. Ward was even surprised (again) if you look.

  • Don Badowski

    Ball cutter.

  • Baltic Bear

    Ward hits like Golota. I bet he trained this ball punch.

    Deffenatly this fight must be qualified as “no contest”. No matter how hard you got hit in a head before, you can’t get a TKO loose if you clearly got hit to the balls with last punch in a fight.

  • mcgee

    Some of thoses shots did seem low but I had a feeling Ward was going to win last night.

  • himmler adams

    Ward is just superior to Kovalev no argument needed. The colored Ward is just better than the commie Kovalev and proved it with a TKO. Great win for America also.

  • himmler adams

    The USA won a great victory over Russia in Ward’s win over the caveman crude Kovalev. God Bless America. Why Ward isn’t the top PPV star in all of boxing is amazing. Felon woman beating midget Felon Floyd is beyond belief as a PPV star.

  • himmler adams

    Okay Kovie got hit in the Putin’s three times. Let the bell clang and fight on.

  • Kevin Perry

    Most of the arguments here seem irrelevant. Ward rocked Kovalev with right hand and there were several other punches sides the borderline lowbrows that did damage. Kovalev ran across the ring in total retreat, and wasn’t punching back or defending himself. Thats why the ref stopped the fight. I am not saying Ward didn’t land a low blow in the last sequence, but to totally ignore what occurred in the last 40 seconds before is being biased or ignorant. Weeks may have stopped the fight a bit premature, but I have seen much worse. Kovalev’s body language didn’t look good at all, hence Weeks decision to stop the fight.

  • himmler adams

    Black week Weaks helped out soul Bro Andre Ward ghetto time
    What’s a brother to do? Week Weaks the ref had to help colored Andre Ward out and Week Weaks came thru in Al Sharpton fashion hosing the commie Kovalev again. That is America and that is fair. God Bless America and Freedom again and again. Let Kovie go back to Russia and cry on wee Putin’s shoulder?? God bless Weak Weaks and his unfair decision. Let a champ go out like a true Champion should.

  • himmler adams

    Freedom won over communism again last night in Ward’s KO. Let Freedom ring loudly.

  • himmler adams

    I always though Kovalev had balls that clank?

  • himmler adams

    hey ref weak Weeks helped a colored Brother out in Andre soul boy Ward. Great stoppage after 3 low low ball shots on. Don King was smiling. Only in America??

  • J rock

    Kovalev got hit clean and was wobbly. He has never been hit that clean before. He can’t take punches….the dude is mentally weak, he has never had to recover from anything in his entire career. It shows you the stark difference between the two men. One gets knocked down, and picks himself up, dusts hisself off and maintains his confidence. The other has never been through any adversity and once he did he folded under it. The adversity wasn’t necessarily the right hand that pretty much ended the fight…it was the fact he lost the first fight, and never mentally recovered from it. He is physically strong as an ox, but mentally he is soft as tissue.

    • Brian Jensen

      Exactly. And that’s why Andre Ward is the P4P king, because of his resilience.

      Kovalev is soft by comparison.

    • James Kirsch

      “Kovalev got hit clean and was wobbly. He has never been hit that clean before.”

      Of course he has. Did you see the first fight with Pascal? Kovalev walked through huge shots all night. The difference against Ward was that Kovalev was weakened by multiple low blows, including a blatant one at the beginning of round 8 in the moments before Ward caught him on the chin. Obviously a fighter is more susceptible to damage if they’re not given any time to recover from low blows that hurt them, which is why the observation that Ward hurt him with a legal headshot is less than compelling; it’s tainted by the fouls that made it possible.

      “the dude is mentally weak, he has never had to recover from anything in his entire career.”

      He was in the process of recovering until Ward landed 3 more blatant low blows against the ropes, at which point he bent over in pain like anyone would. But, rather than recognizing what had clearly occurred, Tony Weeks treated the situation as if Kovalev was reacting to legal body punches, and stopped the fight. It was an utterly indefensible call.

  • “Fight with me, if you’re not afraid for your testicles!”
    © Andre “Nutcrusher” Ward

  • Markus Roland

    So Kovalev couldn’t do it. Well, he’s still unbeatable by anyone other than Ward in LHW. Probably should have held off on all that “Krusher” merch until after he beat Ward. He’s probably sitting at home looking at a box of Krusher T-Shirts wondering what the fuck happened? He was unstoppable last year, a monster no one would be able to beat, and now he’s #7 P4P, with 75% of the belts held by someone who beat him twice and the other belt held by someone Kovalev would definitely beat but I doubt Stevenson will give him a shot. What will he do? Move to cruiserweight?

  • Asafo Rider

    So Kov loses to the Number 1 P4P and drops to 7 while Choco lost to a guy not in the top 10 and remains top 3? Tell me one thing Choco has done to place him over Crawford, Rigo and Canelo?

  • himmler adams

    Andre Ward is superior to Kovalev period.

  • himmler adams

    Tony weak Weeks helped a brother out

  • nickosiris

    Referee Tony Weeks: ” I have watched the replay and have to admit I was wrong I missed the lowblows from Ward”. “Had I saw (sic) the
    shots were low I would not have stopped the fight. My mistake”.

    Respect to Mr.Weeks for coming out with this when he didn’t have to. But that doesn’t take away from his shortcomings on the night. Boxers and boxing fans deserve better.

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