Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Kovalev appeared on his way to beating Ward in November before Ward gained control midway through the fight and eked out a one-point win on all three scorecards.

In the first round, Kovalev, a 34-year-old native of Russian Federation, aggressively took the center of the ring while Ward alternated between traveling to his left or traveling to his right.

Then, in Round 8, after a hard shot to the body that might have been low, Ward landed a hard right hand that wobbled Kovalev. Ward then exploded unexpectedly in the 8th round with a big right hand that staggered Kovalev.

"He was reacting to my body shots, and I knew I had him and I knew he was hurt", Ward said.

LAS VEGAS - After leaving no doubt who was the best light heavyweight around, Andre Ward talked about securing his place as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and perhaps even one day moving up to heavyweight.

"If you look at the instant replay, which the commission refused to look at tonight, you see the back of Sergey's cup going up, one, two, three times", Duva said.

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Andrew Ward (left) proved that his previous win over Sergey Kovalev was not a gift.

"He's really lucky, 'Son of Judges, '" Kovalev said of Ward, playing off Ward's nickname, "Son of God".

Now, 79 years after the 1938 Louis vs. Schmelling rematch, history will record the June 17, 2017, rematch between light heavyweights Andre "SOG" Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergei "The Krusher" Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs). Sometimes he doesn't. Saturday brought us a little of both as he beat Sergey Kovalev by stoppage.

Only Kovalev had fought at Mandalay Bay before during his career.

"I think that would be a very interesting fight". I was better and he was better this fight.

In another fight, two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux retained his super batamweight title on a first-round knockout over Moises Flores when he landed a punch after the bell. "I always prepare to go 12 rounds and make sure I put on a lovely fight".

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He added that he wants an "immediate" rematch because he felt he got hit with a series of low blows in the eighth round.

"I did what I had to do that's not my fault, I did my job", Ward said.

Ward received a guaranteed $6.5 million payday for the fight.

"I feel good, I should be continuing now", Kovalev said.

Kovalev fought well against Ward and deserves tremendous credit for doing so. I wanted to continue fighting.

'It wasn't like he was hurt to the point where you had to stop the fight. Kovalev, a former champion, will receive a percentage of the pay-per-view TV revenue, likely far less than what Ward received.

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If Ward does decide to bypass cruiserweight, which would make financial sense, there is a much better option for him up at heavyweight. The difference this time around may have been Andre's ability to effectively counter the aggressive Kovalev as he pressed the action.

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