Andre Ward beat Sergey Kovalev with a controversial stoppage victory where he retained his world light heavyweight titles in Las Vegas on Saturday night (17/06/2017).
The stoppage came in the eighth round after a powerful right hand from Ward, but, Kovalev was frustrated that the referee allowed Ward to pull off some low blows before stopping the fight.
Both fighters provided an explosive rematch, however, it was Ward who made his presence felt after landing a right hand on the Russian in the closing stages of the first round.
Kovalev then began his own attack on Ward, producing a thumping right hand in the second and stringing together a combination of jabs in the third which troubled Ward.
Neither Ward or Kovalev were able to gain a foothold in the fight as the American produced a quick left hand in the fourth followed by a left hook in the fifth.
Kovalev produced body shots in the sixth attempting to drain Ward of any energy.
Impressive counter punches followed from Ward which was followed by an impressive punch in the eight.
Kovalev complained to the referee about low blows from Ward, but, these were dismissed.
The American took advantage of this distraction trapping Kovalev in the corner and unloaded a succession of punches before the fight was waved off.
Speaking after the fight, Kovalev felt like he could have continued and wants to fight Ward for the third time.
Right now, I could have continued. I didn’t feel that hurt.
Why stop the fight? It’s crazy. I want to get again a fight with him.
Ward showed respect to Kovalev, but, claimed that he knew how to beat Kovalev in convincing fashion.
Kovalev fought a good fight, but once I compute a fighter in my brain, I know what I had to do the next time around,