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Next Saturday June 17th 2017, will be the rematch between Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s), which is poised to be one of the biggest fights in 2017.  It is the battle for Light Heavyweight supremacy, with 4 titles on the line.  Ward will defend the WBA/WBO/IBF/TheRing Light Heavyweight titles, which he took from Kovalev last November, in a very close decision victory.  A lot of doubts were cast on Ward, and a lot of questions were raised about if he actually did beat Kovalev, in what was the narrowest decision in recent memory.  Many fans, and of course Kovalev, did not agree with the decision, and so we have the rematch.

So, is there any reason to think that Ward won’t be victorious this time around?  Between the 2 fighters, only Kovalev has fought someone twice.  He defeated Jean Pascal via TKO back in March of 2015, and then completely destroyed him in their rematch back in January of 2016.  But was Kovalev better in the rematch?  Or was Pascal just that much worse?  Pascal was very gun shy in their second fight, and Kovalev took complete advantage of that fact.  Never the less, it was a complete wipe out in their rematch.  In my opinion, this would be the only evidence that could support a possible Kovalev victory.  In the first fight with Ward, Kovalev knocked Ward down in the first round, but was unable to knock him out.  He will have to do that to win, because going to the scorecards after 12 rounds with Ward, will most likely not be favorable for any fighter for that matter.

Andre Ward on the other hand, has literally beaten everyone relevant in or around what ever weight class he has been in.  In his Super Middleweight days, he went on a rampage.  Ward was predicted to be one of the first eliminated from the Super 6 tournament.  Guess what.  He went on to win it.  He defeated all the top fighters at Super Middleweight which included Mikkel Kessler, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, and of course the great future hall of famer Carl Froch.  He then went on the defeat the once feared Chad Dawson, to completely take over the division.  Ward has made a career out of fighting and beating the best, so there is no reason to think otherwise here.  If anything, he has learned from the first encounter with Kovalev, and will defeat him more decisively this time around.  Kovalev needs a knockout to win here in my opinion, which is definitely not out of the question.  If it does go to the score cards after 12 rounds though, look for another close decision, but Andre Ward will be victorious.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Last night on HBO World Championship Boxing, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KO’s) defeated Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KO’s), to retain his WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight titles.  Pascal looked horrible under new head trainer, the legendary Freddie Roach.  Kovalev proved to be too much for Pascal to handle.

The first round was a feel out for Kovalev, as usual, with hime outlining Pascal.  Pascal actually walked into a stiff jab that put him down on the mat, but it was called a slip by the referee.  The second round was more of the same, with neither fighter doing much, but Kovalev would take that round as well.

In the third, Kovalev would start unloading on Pascal to the body.  Pascal would resort to his usual self, and get wild after being hit hard.  You could tell that Pascal was hurt to the body, because he would drop his hands to protect, opening up his head for big shots.  Proof of this was the fourth round where Pascal would land only 2 power punches to Kovalev’s 26 landed.  The 5th was more of the same.  Pascal landed 1 jab in that round, as Kovalev was hammering him against the ropes.  Pascal would end the 5th with what looked like a broken nose.  After the 6th, after being hammered some more, Pascal convinced Roach to let him go one more round.  Between the 6th and 7th rounds, Roach would tell the referee to stop the fight, as he saw no point to allowing Pascal to continue.  Kovalev would end up landing 165 of 412 (40%), while Pascal would only land 30 of 108 (28%).

After the fight, Kovalev Would say again that he wants Stevenson before he fights Andre Ward.  He went as far as calling him “Adonis Chickenson”, which apparently angered Stevenson.  He would jump into the ring and yell about being the real champion.  Stevenson however, has made no attempt to get a fight signed with Kovalev, so he looked pretty stupid jumping in to the ring like that.  Sergey Kovalev improves to 29-0-1, and retains his 3 titles.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

 

Tonight, live on HBO Boxing, it will be the rematch of their epic first battle, as Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KO’s) defends his WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight titles against Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KO’s).  In their first fight, Kovalev got the better of Pascal, defeating him by way of 8th round TKO.  Pascal looks to avenge that loss and take 3 titles away from Kovalev.  The fight will take place on Pascal’s turf at the Bell Centre in Motreal Quebec Canada at 9;45 ET.  The Co-Feature will be a welterweight bout between Dmitry Mikhaylenko (20-0, 9 KO’s) and Karim Mayfield (19-2-1, 10 KO’s).  Also on the card will be Joel Diaz Jr (20-0, 16 KO’s) VS Abraham Gomez (22-11-1, 11 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SERGEY KOVALEV

-Record:  28 – 0 – 1, 25 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 pounds)

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Nathan Cleverly  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight title)
  • Bernard Hopkins  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/8/14.  (Won IBF & WBAsuper Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Jean Pascal  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 3/14/15.  (Retained IBF, WBAsuper, & WBO Light Heavyweight Titles)

Kovalev has already defeated Pascal once.  The fight warranted a rematch because many believed it was stopped prematurely, and Pascal would have been able to continue.  Pascal was trapped in the corner, and getting hit flush, without throwing back.  Kovalev will look to repeat the first performance, and even try to top it, so there is no doubt in anyones mind this time.  Look for him to come out very strong in the early going, and look for an early stoppage.

JEAN PASCAL

-Record:  30 – 3 – 1, 1NC (17 KO’s)

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 lbs)

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights:

  • Chad Dawson – Win, TKO 11th round (12), 8/14/10.  (Retained WBC, won TheRing Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Bernard Hopkins #1 – Draw, SD 12 rounds, 12/18/10.  (Retained WBC, TheRing Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Sergey Kovalev – Loss, TKO 8th round (12), 3/14/15.

Pascal defeated Yunieski Gonzalez, which earned him the rematch against Kovalev.  Pascal also led the campaign of the “unfair” stoppage in his first meeting with Kovalev.  Tonight he will try to avenge his loss to the “Krusher” and become the unified Light Heavyweight Champion.

Predictions:

  • Joel Diaz Jr  —  def  —  Abraham Gomez  —  via  —  TKO 5th round
  • Dmitry Mikhalenko  —  def  —  Karim Mayfield  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision
  • Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Jean Pascal  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE