Andre Ward Knocks Out Sergey Kovalev in Eighth to Retain Belts

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Ward, on the other hand, was seen more as the tactician. Ward then began pounding Kovalev to the midsection again, and Kovalev bent over helplessly.

Ward trying to keeps Kovalev close to him, fearing the power shots.

This scribe had Kovalev winning the first three and losing the next four.

"Whatever the excuses were this time, I just don't have the energy", Ward said.

"Facing great fighters, you've got to raise your game to the next level and I'm thankful we did that tonight". "He didn't start this until Rd 5 last fight".

As Kovalev lurched around the ring, Ward trapped him in the corner and rammed in a succession of shots around the belt line and the shaken fighter was sagging on the ropes as Weeks swiftly signalled the finish. It was a controversial decision after Ward come back from a second-round knockdown to get the decision. [Ward] punched me low blow already a few times during the fight. He eventually partnered his body work with clean hooks to the head, which broke the Krusher down over rounds 4, 5, and 6. "I don't get a vote".

"I feel good, I should be continuing now", Kovalev said. The Kovalev camp wasn't happy about several shots by Ward that were either on or below the equator.

'Only a low blow (hurt me),' he added, before watching video of the end of the fight and observing: 'Low blow - and I felt this.

Without any hesitations, we might say that Kovalev was robbed last night. "It is insane. I want another fight with him". I'm sure he's made some adjustments and he's going to come harder but I'm ready. The fight seemed to be going the way of Ward, the superior athlete, the better conditioned athlete, the unflappable presence.

"I could have continued", the Russian said. The first was Chad Dawson. I could have still been fighting.

"We will take a look at it". Referee Robert Byrd was criticized for allowing Ward to grab too much. Ward thought he had, but he also knew his opinion didn't matter. All three judges scored it 114-113 after a furious rally late by Ward. Announcer Michael Buffer, after a pause to stop everyone's breath, said, "And the NEW...." Ward is still the champion. His friend, Kevin Durant, and most of the Warriors will be ringside at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, two days after the team's championship parade in Oakland. Kovalev ditched his former conditioning coach and hired Alexandr Mikahilovich, who had worked with Russian biathlon athletes.

The 34-year-old Kovalev would like a rematch despite losing to Ward for the second straight time in seven months. Conor McGregor and Mayweather may be dominating the headlines this week, but this was the matchup to care about (along with GGG/Canelo). That date is many minutes away. The contested meme, which has since been deleted, shows Ward saying both the f- and n-word in a parodied, fake conversation between the two boxers.

"We respect Kovalev on what he has done and what he's capable of doing", Hunter said.

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