Last night featured rematch bout between the top two ranked Light-Heavyweight boxers in the world in Las Vegas. Top contender Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev and Champion Andre ‘Son of God’ Ward, faced off for the unification of the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.
The outcome was contrversial to say the least. Experienced Referee Robert Byrd stopped the bout in the eighth round, without giving Russian Kovalev a 10-count warning.
Awarding American-Ward TKO victory and improving his unbeaten record to 32-0.
Kovalev’s camp believed their opponent hit Kovalev with suggested repeated low blows, which was illegal.
However at this stage Ward was up on the judges score-cards and was the most active of the pair. With a flurry of punches that left Kovalev shaken plus two hard ‘lower body shots’. This forced Kovalev to wince with pain and double over, the referee decided to stop the contest without counting out Kovalev.
(Video credit of Jim Edwards)
Kovalev’s camp felt aggrieved and believed that their fighter was the target of suggested repeated low blows, which was not flagged during the contest by the referee and the stoppage was also very pre-mature.
This win despite controversial, marks the second victory Andre Ward has over Kovalev. I wonder if there will be a third fight due to this controversy?