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Ward stops Kovalev in eight to win rematch

Ward stops Kovalev in eight to win rematch

Do you simply base it on achievement? But he's ready to face the second-tier 175-pounders.

Or, do you simply play the fantasy simulation game when coming up with your P4P list? But Ward began to adjust and slowly figure Kovalev out, making some key adjustments midfight.

But now he's thinking bigger.

"Maybe cruiserweight, I don't know", he said when asked about his plans.

"It felt like I was up [on the scorecards], but a championship fight starts after the sixth round". "I knew I had it and after those big shots I really knew I had him". "But look at Roy (Jones)". After beating the count Arias jumped on him causing referee Byrd to halt the fight. The real world is different, however. If this were a movie, they would have named it "The Exorcist" - not for the victor, not for the loser, but an exorcism for the most maligned weight class in the history of professional boxing. Virgil Hunter, Ward's trainer who had a tart argument with Kovalev's trainer John David Jackson after the fight, was justifiably expansive.

Now 31-0, Mr. Ward is fighting an opponent who has proven himself to be bitterly angry at his first loss and is willing to express himself about it in the most racist terms.

"Why stop the fight?" he said. Ward wasn't talking that way Saturday night. The question is, will he finally hit a wall?

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"So if the right opportunity and the right fighter comes along, anything is possible". Oleksandr Usyk has the top reputation. If he doesn't, Ward is going to out-box him over 12 rounds and win a decision about which no one can complain. "Not every round, but I thought I was doing very good". But styles make fights. Are they trying to get better, or are they laying all their eggs in the basket that says they won the first fight, so they don't have to? This was never considered a highly significant fight in the big scheme of things, but the referee's painfully long discussions with ringside officials post-fight will be remembered in the coming week. It has to do with his attributes and their attributes. At one point in the fourth round, Weeks called the fighters together and warned them to knock off the fouling. Because that's what he's here for.

"If you look at the instant replay, which the commission refused to look at tonight, you see the back of Sergey's cup going up, one, two, three times", Duva said. I'm serious. I'm not playing, I'm serious. Right now, I could have continued. "I believe he can outbox Anthony Joshua". There are plenty of other examples though.

WBA World light heavyweight champion, Dmitry Bivol, 11-0 (9), of St. Petersburg, RUS, stopped southpaw Cedric Agnew, 29-3 (15), of Chicago, IL, at 1:27 of round 4.

Jones progressed from middleweight through to light heavyweight, before challenging for the WBA heavyweight title in March 2003. Archie Moore made frequent trips to and from heavyweight even while he was light heavyweight champion-sometimes to seek competition, sometimes to seek money, sometimes just to cave to his voracious appetite for decadent meals for a little while.

Kovalev, 34, has been angry for months and has been wearing a hat emblazoned with "WAR" during the buildup to Saturday's fight. Within 30 seconds a right hand from Arias dropped Magomedov. You can't chalk this win up to low blows. Perhaps his faith is fully justified.

Kovalev would not be the first boxer to drive a Hummer through standards of common decency, but the racist overtones and hints of homophobia leave him on the wrong side of public sentiment in this fight.


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