Image result for andre ward vs sergey kovalevSaturday night November 19th, marked the biggest night in boxing in the calendar year of 2016.  The sport of boxing, otherwise known as the “Sweet Science” is at its peak, when the best fight the best.  It has been a long while since ring experts were scared to predict a winner of a fight.  And that is the way it should be, but unfortunately has not been lately.  Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s) have always been two fighters that have never shied away from the best possible opponents they could find.  When Ward moved up to Light Heavyweight, it was inevitable that these two super stars would eventually meet in the ring.  Saturday marked that day finally arriving, and these two greats finally went at it.  It wasn’t dragged out like Mayweather VS Pacquiao, it was quite the opposite.  They recognized each others greatness, and wanted to see as soon as possible, who really was the better man.

The fight started off very rough for Andre Ward, and it was looking like he would not be able to handle Kovalev’s power.  Kovalev knocked Ward down in the second round and hurt him badly.  Ward looked all but finished, and started doing a lot of clinching to buy himself time to recover from the knockdown.  Kovalev would continue to land the better punches, and seemed to be waring down Andre Ward.  Ward continued to stick a punch here and there, and continue to move around the ring, almost as if he was running away.  The second half of the fight was a completely different story.  Kovalev was throwing some heavy shots and following Ward all over the ring, and seemed to be losing a bit of steam in the process.  Ward continued to score here and there, and was quietly taking rounds on the judges scorecards.  The 10th round was a pivotal one.  It was the closest round of the fight, and could have gone either way.  All 3 judges scored the round for Ward, and it proved to be the difference.

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The final scores of the fight were 114-113/114-113/114-113.  All three judges agreed that Andre Ward had defeated Sergey Kovalev by the narrowest of margins.  In the process, Andre Ward took all three of Kovalev’s titles and is now the WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight Champion.  Sergey Kovalev however, does have a rematch clause in his contract, and is already calling for it.  Boy would I and every boxing fan out there love to see that one happen again.  Curtis Stevens also defeated James De La Rosa by unanimous decision (98-90/96-92/96-92), Oleksandr Gvozdyk defeated Isaac Chilemba by TKO 8th round, Maurice Hooker and Darleys Perez fought to a draw (97-93 Perez/97-93 Hooker/95-95).

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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