Andre Ward proclaimed himself the pound-for-pound nature No1 after stopping Sergey Kovalev to retain his unified light-heavyweight nature championship but the Russians promoters intend to file a declaration over the result
Andre Ward extol himself the worlds best pound-for-pound soldier after stopping Sergey Kovalev in a Las Vegas rematch on Saturday to hold the unified light-heavyweight world-wide championship but the Russians promoter intends to file a affirm over the result.
An impressive concert from the American was impaired by the ending, when a succession of borderline low blows procured an eighth-round halt after he had initially rocked Kovalev with a powerful straight claim to the head.
Im still having a hard time processing what I just witnessed, said Kathy Duva of Main Events, which promotes the Russian. I saw someone who should have been disqualified get his hand hold back.[ Kovalev] got hit with three low blows, four actually, in the latest round. We requested[ the Nevada State Athletic Commission] for an instant-replay analysis and they did not give it to us. Well file a rally on Monday.
Kovalev was aggrieved at losing their first gather in November, having knocked the American down in round two, and this time he was frustrated at the halt. I couldnt think it is, I could acquire. Simply a low blow[ throbbed me ], he said before watching the video of the end of the fight. Low-pitched jolt and I seemed this. Again, another one. The first one was on the border and the second largest one a low blow.
Ward was unrepentant when watching the same footage. When I discovered him react to the body hits that were borderline, I knew I had him, he said. Go back up there. Why get away from it? Then I suffer him with a head shot and I exactly had to get the right shoots in there to get it over with. That ones probably borderline. He was hurt, I departed right back there again, he wasnt reacting, right back here again and the referee stopped it.
Wards acquires took him to 32 from 32 in his profession and the 33 -year-old has mounted his displays on clambering the heavines grades. He said to HBO: Let me ask you the issues to: Can I get on the pound-for-pound schedule now? At the top?
Hopefully, against a great fighter like Sergey Kovalev, well get our credit tonight and get atop that pound-for-pound list.
Ward said of his future programmes: Perhaps cruiserweight, I dont know. Cruiserweight, heavyweight, thats always been a dream of quarry. I reverie big-hearted and anything is possible.
There had already been dispute on the undercard as Guillermo Rigondeaux knocked out Moises Flores at the end of the first round to retain the WBA world super-bantamweight deed. The finding was established simply after a long evaluate during which the adjudicator, Vic Drakulich, initially proposed he would rule the fight a no-contest because of Rigondeaux deeming Flores behind the brain and perhaps territory the crucial blow after the buzzer. But some criticised Flores for overdoing the impact of the knockout punch.