Sergey Kovalev will have his hands full in Andre Ward rematch

Then, after punching through Kovalev complaints that he was being hit low in the round, Ward battered Kovalev in a corner with two devastating body blows on the belt that forced the Russian to keel over as referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout 2 minutes, 29 seconds in. Kovalev appeared to be ahead on the scorecards when Ward connected with a vicious right hand to Kovalev's chin in the 8th round that hurt Kovalev. "When I saw him react to shots that were borderline, I knew what I had".

Ward stuck to his word, stopping Kovalev in the eighth round to retain the IBF, WBO and WBA world light heavyweight titles.

The 2004 Olympic Gold medallist [Andre S.O.G Ward] has improved his tally to 32-0 [16 KO's] whiles Sergey "The Krusher" Kovalev fell to 30-2-1 [26 KO's] with his two defeats coming from the fist of Ward.

Andre Ward has brushed aside claims his win against Sergey Kovalev was overshadowed by a questionable stoppage decision.

But not really. "I thought he started fading at about the same point he did last time", Ward said.

Kovalev's promotional company, Main Events, plans to officially protest the verdict Monday.

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

It just wouldn't be an Andre Ward fight without him pissing off droves of fans and assorted boxing figures. Now he's a good kid, I do him and he's swell but I'm telling you.

Henderson won twice past year, taking the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her first major, and successfully defending her title in the Cambia Portland Classic. You can't chalk this win up to low blows. He didn't let me continue to fight.

Ward's trainer Virgil Hunter says that Ward would "outbox Anthony Joshua" and how AJ's size wouldn't be a factor.

The 33-year-old screamed to the world that he is now the undisputed No 1 following his conquering of Kovalev.

In the opening Kovalev outlanded Ward who did more clinching than fighting. "These are two elite fighters in their prime, and I implore you to tell their story". The match-up is fascinating; Ward exploited his speed advantage vs Kovalev, but Stevenson's quicker than Sergey.

The reactions naturally ranged from "Ward cheated, Kovalev got screwed" to "There were no low blows, Kovalev is a pussy", because not many people in boxing are game for considering a world that's less than black and white.

'It wasn't like he was hurt to the point where you had to stop the fight.

Ward was paid $6.5 million for the rematch, while Kovalev got a percentage of the gate and the pay-per-view. They will never go to my country, because Andre Ward is a hometown champion. Cruiserweight, heavyweight, that's always been a dream of mine.

Tonny Weeks is the name of the official in the ring, and you might remember it because this is the person who made one of the most catastrophic mistakes in the history of boxing.

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