ANDRE WARD VS. SERGEY KOVALEV 2 RECAP, POST PRESS CONFERENCE, & VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
By: Victor O. Garcia Head Boxing Video Reporter- Ringside
*Photo Credit: Main Events
Las Vegas, Nevada (June 17, 2017) — The highly anticipated rematch between The light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, ended in dramatic fashion. Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) finishes Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) in the 8th round when referee Tony Weeks stops the bout when he determines Kovalev was unable to continue after a vicious left hook by Andre Ward.
The fight had fans on the edge of their seats from the first bell. Sergey Kovalev was using the jab very affectively on Ward. But Ward was not holding back from putting in work of his own. Ward worked the inside very intelligently and timed Sergey well with body shots. Kovalev began to gas out as the rounds kept coming. A problem Sergey had in the first fight and his excuse was that he over-trained himself. That was due to the old athletic trainer Sergey had in the first camp. For the second fight, Kovalev brought in a new Russian atheistic trainer that was suppose to put Kovalev in top shape for the rematch.
After a few rounds went by, It was starting to show that the over training was not the cause of Sergey getting fatigued. Ward was working the body to break Sergey down little by little like a lumberjack bringing down a tree. Although Andre Ward did great work to the body, the moment that hurt Kovalev was a solid left hook from Ward. The hook caused Kovalev to stumble back and began to lose his legs. Ward continue to bash Kovalev until Weeks steps in and stops the fight.
Andre Ward definitely showed the world who is the pound-for-pound king at the moment. A TKO victory over one of the best of this era has helped prove why Ward is a world-class fighter and champion.
After his victory, Ward had something to say. “I knew this was going to be different – he fought a good fight the first time but when I went back and looked at it I computed it and tonight I came out all right.”
Sergey also had a few things to share about the fight.
“I could have continued. I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight.
This is fighting we are boxers yes he did punch me but he didn’t hurt me. The fight should have continued.”
Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Moises Flores
In the co-main event, the bout featured a world title match between Cuban phenomenon Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs) and interim champion Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico. The fight came to an end in the first round after a controversial knockout which favored the undefeated WBA Super Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.
It all started with Flores beginning to put pressure on Rigondeaux, but El Chacal has one of the quickest reflexes in the sport of boxing. He made Flores miss almost everything he threw. The fight came to a quick ending when what some believe Rigondeaux knocked Flores out after the bell. The fighters continue to exchange punches and it resulted into a knockout. The referee Vic Drakulich went down to check on Flores and see if he was responsive, until it took him a few seconds to decide he was not able to continue.
Moments after the commission figured out if it was a legal hit or not, Michael Buffer announce that Rigondeaux was declared the winner and he remains undefeated.
“The Mexican was a brave kid. I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time. I fight to give the best performance to the public and all the fans. I am making everyone disappear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me.” Said Rigondeaux.
Moises Flores also had something to say about the stoppage.
Flores: “It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”
Bivol vs Agnew
A battle of light heavyweights was the second televised bout. Dimtry Bivol (10-0, 9 KOs) destroys Cedric Agnew (29-3, 15 KOs) in four rounds. The referee Russell Mora stops the fight along with Agnew’s corner who threw in the towel at the same time as the ref decides to end the fight.
From the beginning, Bivol moves in on Agnew and began to unleash bombs. Bivol lays Agnew on the canvas with a solid right. Agnew fails to show any effort ass he just sits in the corner in the remainder of the round. After repeating to show any signs of Agnew fighting back round after round, the referee decides to end the fight.
Bivol: “I’m very glad the flight went this way. I found my ways that I practiced and I used them and you saw the results. I didn’t think he was going to work more as right-handed, as orthodox, but I was ready for everything so the fight ran smooth for me. I tried to open him up but for some reason. he didn’t want to go. He was close, he was very defensive and going back. But anyways, I won the fight!” Said Bivol after his victory.
Luis Arias vs Arif Magomedov
The first televised bout was between middleweight fighter Luis “Cuba” Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) vs Arif Magomedov (18-1-2, 11 KOs) which ended in favor of Luis Arias. After Arif was knockdown and took a serious beating in the first four rounds, the referee decided to stop the fight and Arias was awarded the victory.