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19 Junio 2017, 07:50 | Gerardo Tarin
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Kovalev said he doesn't know what happened and can't explain why he was stopped by the referee. Duva admitted, though, she has little hopes a protest would succeed.
Kovalev's promoter Kathy Duva hit out at the timing of the Mayweather-McGregor announcement. "I said Andre was in the best shape of his life and that he was as motivated as he has ever been for a fight in his life".
Billed as Ward vs. Kovalev 2: No Excuses! this second fight will be every bit as historic as the heavyweight division's Joe Louis vs Max Schmelling 2 rematch of June 22, 1938! . Kovalev was visibly exhausted and breathing from his both, which was caused by the sustained attack to the body from Ward. "The fight should have continued". I dont feel like it affects me.
"I am looking forward to making a statement in this fight, and removing any doubt that may be out there", Ward said.
Ward won the first fight by a unanimous decision though many thought Kovalev deserved the victory after knocking down Ward in the second round and appearing to have the edge in some tight rounds. "That's not just talk, that's real", Ward said. Their records are nearly identical and both fight with a great deal of intelligence.
An eighth-round win via a controversial technical knockout took Ward to 32 wins from 32 career fights and the 33-year-old then set his sights on climbing the weight classes. Kovalev did his best to hold on but was hit low for the third time without losing a point.
"That one's probably borderline - he was hurt, I went right back there again, he wasn't reacting, right back there again and the referee stopped it". "You've got to raise your game to the next level and thankfully that's what we did tonight".
According to CompuBox punch statistics, Ward landed only 80 of 238 punches (34 percent) but made them count; Kovalev landed 95 of 407 (23 percent). So far, just like Ward vs Kovalev I, which also aired on HBO Pay-Per-View.
"I think it was plain to see that I broke him mentally and physically". I'm 13 years in and I've been doing it against the best. [Ward] punched me low blow already a few times during the fight.
The rematch is as intriguing as the first fight, when the question was whether Kovalev's vaunted power would carry the day against a fighter who never really excites fans but always leaves the ring with his hand raised.
Ward received a guaranteed $6.5 million payday for the fight.
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