Ward, Kovalev do it again in light heavyweight title bout

The best fighter

The best fighter

Kovalev is scheduled to fight Andre Ward in a light heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas.

The undefeated Ward turned the fight around with a big right hand that wobbled Kovalev, then swarmed all over him.

So they meet again on Saturday night (Sunday morning, Singapore time) in Las Vegas as Kovalev tries to wrest back the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) titles he surrendered in his first professional setback. However, during the 2 half of the fight, Kovalev, depending on who you talk to, either took his foot off the gas or was figured out by Ward.

An impressive performance from Ward was marred by the ending to the fight, with a succession of borderline low blows securing the stoppage after he had initially rocked the Russian with a powerful straight right to the head.

"When I saw him react to the body shots that were borderline, I knew I had him", he said. I knew he was hurt. "I'm the pro. World champion should fight everywhere".

"That's really what got me in my hole: the start".

The first fight was effectively dubbed as the immovable object against the unstoppable force. "It's more motivation, definitely more motivation", Ward says. adding, "He needs to be silenced".

Andre Ward beat Britain's former world champion Carl Froch in a convincing points win in December 2011.

"He's getting paid by one guy [Jay Z], who for some reason is willing to put out extraordinary amounts of money to watch him fight". Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev are two of the top three in the division, and the victor could go on to face the 3, Adonis Stevenson at some point. The Russian said, "I've already said enough and I will prove it (Saturday)". "Now we have quieted all those who were whining and thought we didn't get it the first time". But I knew what was going to happen, because he was healthy. He won two rounds against me as empty Kovalev, I remember I was like a heavy bag. Emotionally, I'm no lower.

Ward's persistence with then jab eventually paid off as he caused significant damage to Kovalev's right eye. Losing to Ward would've been agonising for Kovalev, defeat wasn't a feeling he ever had much time for, but to lose by a single point - we can only imagine the sleepless nights he's endured since. I want to thank my haters - they motivate me to keep going. Many were outraged by the decision, including Kovalev, who lost for the first time in 32 fights.

There is a short but powerful undercard on the Ward v Kovalev fight with unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeaux defending his WBA super-bantamweight crown against Mexico's Moises Flores.

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