“I tried to do my best, and I think I did that tonight. I am happy with my performance. He’s a tough fighter, and was a tough opponent. It was during round 5 or 6 that I knew he was going to make it to the 12 rounds. Come December 31st, I will retire, I’ve did it and done it all. I’m 36 going on 37, and I think I’ve come to the end of my career. I will fight once more in December. I’ll let Freddie tell you who I want.”
“We want the winner of Canelo-GGG”
“I felt so much frustration not being able to land any of my punches. I could not catch him at all. I couldn’t catch him at all. He is such a talented legend, I am so glad I got the opportunity to fight him.”
Highlights from team Sergey Kovalev International Media Conference Call
By Amanda Armstrong
Photos: Amanda Armstrong/Trihex Photography LLC
On the call: Sergey Kovalev, John David Jackson, Egis Klimas, Kathy Duval.
Today I sat in on international media Q&A with Team Krusher. Of course the theme of the call; 11 days, June 17th… Kovalev Ward Rematch. This was a very focused team and it stayed that way.
The first question fired, their thoughts and opinions about the scoring from Sergey’s last meeting with Andre in the ring.
Sergey added, “it isn’t really his job (judging)”, Sergey does see that he was not aggressive as much in the second half. But yet Andre still not doing enough to win, and only getting points for surviving.
John David Jackson saw the best at 8 out of 12 rounds.
Sergey stays passionate about his boxing fans. In his (getting better) English that in the first half he proved to his fans that he can out box Andre. But the camp is ready to move on to June 17th.
On HBO’s Road To Kovalev/Ward 24/7 Kovalev’s camp discussed how over training drained him in the second half. The camp discussed this to a lesser extent (on the call) this time compared to 24/7 . See that episode here.
Again assigned to the fight is three American judges, although Kovalevs camp did petition for more of a international flavor. Kovalevs camp has since moved on and hopes for the best from three new judges. Sergey says, “I believe in the judges to to their job… this is my next test.”
Sergey Kovalev still proclaims he is the true World Champion… and he (Ward), will be punished. Sergey goes on to repeat, he was empty in the second half… and it wasn’t his day. This time he repeats, “He must be punished…” and added, “.. and I want my belt back.”
Talking about the future beyond June 17th, if it ties up 1-1, there will NOT be a Kovalev Ward 3. Kathy Duval proclaims, ” We have no obligation to a rematch.”
Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion and top pound for pound fighter TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., will make his 2017 debut, This Saturday! May 20, at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. This will also be his debut headlining in the big room — a testament both to his talent and his growing popularity. Crawford will be defending his unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine titles against former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender FÉLIX DÍAZ (19-1, 9 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in a marquee all-action fight. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
Terence Crawford 139.2 vs. Felix Diaz 139.4
Ray Beltran 134.6 vs. Jonathan Maicelo 134.8
Crawford: It’s going to be a fun night. I’m really excited for this fight. I’ve been reading all of the blogs people have been sending me for the last couple of days, telling me that this guy said I’m scared of him and I’m ducking him. And everybody knows Terence Crawford doesn’t duck anybody. I’m real excited and happy that he got the chance to get the fight. I’m not running boy, I’m not running! So we’re here now and that’s everything I have to say. May 20th, let the better man win!
Diaz: On the 20th it’s going to be an incredible opportunity for me. When I was arguing with my managers about finding the biggest fights out there, Crawford was number one since he is the best out there and it’s such an amazing opportunity to finally get that fight with him.