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Ward stuns Kovalev in eighth to defend titles

Ward stuns Kovalev in eighth to defend titles

It's a matchup of two high-rated pound-for-pound boxers and will be distributed by HBO pay-per-view ($54.95). I'm just looking forward to giving the fans another great fight in a few days here at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 17.

Ward improved to 32-0 as he held onto 3 of the 4 major boxing belts in the 175-pound fight.

And any efforts to generate buzz this week were dashed when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor announced their own fight.

Then, after punching through Kovalev complaints that he was being hit low in the round, Ward battered Kovalev in a corner with two devastating body blows on the belt that forced the Russian to keel over as referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout 2 minutes, 29 seconds in. This has been a great year for boxing and they've gotten nearly every fight they could want.

Upon a WBA review, an immediate rematch could be ordered due to the way the fight was handled at the end, although Flores may not deserve it due to his dramatic behaviour after the punch. The first one was. In his previous fight against Ward in November 2016, Kovalev received $2 million while Ward got $5 million.

The 34-year-old (30-1-1, 26 KOs) believes he overtrained for the first fight, describing the doomed combination of three-a-day workouts and daily half-marathons with a conditioning coach who was afraid to tell him to dial it back. "And I think you can't help but feel it, and it's what makes ... when you're a true fight fan, you don't mind hearing about the money and all that other stuff if it's a guy that loves to fight and is willing to challenge himself against anybody out there, you know, and fights all out".

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Ward is among those people, and the fact that he rallied from a second-round knockdown to win makes him even more confident about the rematch. Despite being the betting favourite ahead of his first bout with Kovalev, the undefeated American did not take his opponent lightly, and ultimately won the close bout by unanimous decision.

"I was empty one month before the November fight. And I'm going to go to work, having fun and enjoying what I do, and put on a show in the process on June 17".

"Tactically, I obviously want to have a better start and I'm going to have a better start".

"I told the press that I only trained Andre for a knockout twice", Hunter said. "After this, we don't want to hear any excuses", Ward said (via ESPN).

Ward quickly returned fire with a series of stinging left hands but each round was still a toss up as they continued to battle back and forth throughout. Still, the fight is worth the attention.

With that being said, the "Krusher" needs to prove one of two things in the rematch. "When it means a lot to both men, that's normally when you get a good fight".

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