Post bell punches in the Co Main/Results/Quotes

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos Amanda Armstrong

Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs)

RESULT: Guillermo Rigondeaux by TKO

 

Rigondeaux: “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.”

 

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.”

 

CO Main Event at Kovalev Ward “The Rematch”

By Amanda Armstrong

Photo: Amanda Armstrong/ Trihex Photography LLC

Co Main event on the card features Guillermo Rigondeaux ( 17 – 0, 11 KO’s) VS Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KO’s)

Both fighters undefeated, and each had a fight in summer of 2016.

Rigondeaux was an elite amateur fight with almost 475 fights on his resume (loosing only 12). He has earned Gold Medals at the Pan Am Games, two World Amateur Championships, two world cups, and two Olympic Gold medals (2000 and 2004). November 2015 he was signed to Roc Nation Sports.

Flores, a noticeable tall 122 pounder standing 5 feet 9 inches tall,  from Guadalajara, Mexico. He made his pro debut in 2008, and has sepnt the majority of his career fighing in Mexico. He then did a U.S. debut in September 2014, winning a 6 round UD over Pablo Batres in Mesquite Texas. In April 2015 he won the WBA World Super Bantamweight (interim) title against Champion Oscar Escandon.  He has defended the WBA belt twice, and along the way picked up the IBO World Super Bantamweight title.

Tonight, on the Ward Kovalev card he hopes to claim full right to the title against  Rigondeaux in a 12 round championship co main event!

 

 

Kovalev VS Ward; Weigh In

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos: Amanda Armstrong/Trihex Photograph LLC

Today Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, and Andre S.O.G. Ward stepped on the scale at The Mandalay Bay Event Center, Las Vegas.  Both fighters came in at 175.  We have a fight! Both fighters confident, both fighters war ready. Kovalev even cracking a few jokes, even taking a stab at Ward.

Kovalev walked off the press conference stage yesterday, when asked today he simply stated, “I did not want to waste my energy on him..”

Sergey was all smiles at weigh in’s, and Andre came across trying to poke the Russian bear.

Pictures below.

 

 

 

Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Jetlux, Life10 Electrolyte, Zappos, D’USSÉ Cognac, ProSupps and Powered by Monster. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office.

 

 

Team Sergey Kovalev International Media Conference Call

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.”

“I proved to my fans that I won”-Sergey Kovalev