Kovalev Ward set for June 17th, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas will be a highly anticipated rematch. After their last meet up in the ring on Nov 19th, 2016 the tensions have grown between the two.
Post fight quotes from “Pound for Pound”
SERGEY KOVALEV (30-1-1, 26 KOs)
“It’s the wrong decision. I don’t want to say my opinion,” he said. “The witnesses are here. They saw it. It’s my job. It was a fight of my life. I am disappointed in the judges’ decision.”
“[Ward] got maybe a few rounds. I agree with that. I kept control. I lost maybe three rounds the whole fight. It is the USA and all the judges were from the USA. It’s a sport. Don’t make it politics. It’s a sport, and I won the fight.”
ANDRE WARD (31-0, 15 KOs)
“What a beautiful thing! We did it baby! It’s a lot of hardware. Surreal! This is what I set out to do. Now I’m a 5X World Champion in 2 weight classes. Man, it’s amazing!
“I thought I won and it sounded like fair scoring.
“Your last fight is always the most important. But I needed this.
“It was about those in the trenches moments. Sergey has no inside game. So my mid-range and inside game is what I focused on.
“After that second round knockdown, I think he (Kovalev) realized I wasn’t going anywhere and I was stepping on the gas.
In the past months each fighter has been open in their thought’s for one another. Both not holding back via social media, and in the press.
“I just saw him in the lobby of the hotel yesterday for the first time,” Kovalev said. “It’s real hard. When he looks at me, I just want to punch him in the head. I have nothing to talk to him about.
“He does not deserve respect from me. I want to punch him and punish him. I want to destroy him.”
“I could throw a lot against the wall and see if it sticks, but I have a track record. This isn’t my first rodeo,” Ward said. “I’m not getting caught up in that. You’ve got to see me June 17. Let’s simplify. You’ve got to see me June 17. And like I told him, leave the excuses at home this time.”
“Contrary to anything that is out there, there is nothing scary about him,” Ward said.
With all of these words being said, it always adds up for a win for the fans. On November 19th 2016 there was “questionable scoring”, said by many in attendance and there after in social media. This just adding to the fire, to create a highly combustible match in the ring.
Will Kovalev get that needed KO? I only hope so, because we all win when it goes to #KovalevWard3 right?
-Amanda Armstrong / Photos Amanda Armstrong
WARD-KOVALEV 2: “THE REMATCH” SET FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017
AT MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER, LAS VEGAS
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
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