Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Andre Ward, in the middle of another controversial win over former champion Sergey Kovalev said that he had trained to knockout the former champion.
The controversy came from the alleged numerous low blows rained on Kovalev by Ward.
After a close seven rounds (67-66, 67-66 both for Ward and 68-65 for Kovalev), Ward turned the tables with an overhand right followed by a series of body blows that looked to most people to be low doubling over Kovalev in pain prompting referee Tony Weeks to stop the bout stating that Kovalev was not protecting himself.
“I saw him reacting to the body shots that were borderline (low blows),” said Ward, 33. “So I knew I had him. He was hurt trying to cover up. The right hand started it.”
Kovalev called the body shots low blows and said he thought Weeks stopped the fight too early and that he could have continued.
Kathy Duva, Kovalev’s promoter, said she will appeal the result.
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By Butch Gottlieb