Posts Tagged ‘#KovalevWard’

1.  Andre Ward                        32 – 0 – 0 (16 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 U.S.A.

2.  Gennady Golovkin               37 – 0 – 0 (33 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

3.  Roman Gonzalez                  46 – 1 – 0 (38 KO’s)               Junior Bantamweight             Nicaragua

4.  Terence Crawford                31 – 0 – 0 (22 KO’s)               Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

5.  Vasyl Lomachenko               8 – 1 – 0 (6 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

6.  Saul Alvarez                        49 – 1 – 1 (34 KO’s)               Middleweight                        Mexico

7.  Sergey Kovalev                   30 – 2 – 1 (26 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                Russia

8.  Guillermo Rigondeaux          17 -0 -0 (11 KO’s)                  Junior Featherweight             Cuba

9.  Naoya Inoue                      13 – 0 – 0 (11 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Japan

10. Mikey Garcia                      36 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)                Lightweight                           U.S.A.

Advertisements

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.

Image result for andre ward vs sergey kovalev

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

Image result for sergey kovalev vs andre ward

This Saturday night November 19th 2016, the biggest fight of the year will take place, and will determine the #1 Pound For Pound fighter in the world.  WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO’s) will put all his titles on the line against Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the T-Mobil Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 9pm ET.  Also on the fight card, Oleksadr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KO’s) will take on Isaac Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KO’s) in a 12 round light heavyweight bout, Curtis Stevens (28-5, 21 KO’s) will face James De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round middleweight bout, and Maurice Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KO’s) will face Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

SERGEY KOVALEV

Image result for sergey kovalev

-Record:  30 – 0 – 1, 26 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Nathan Cleverly  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 8/17/13.  (Won WBO light heavyweight title)
  • Benard Hopkins  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/8/14.  (Won WBA/IBF light heavyweight titles)
  • Jean Pascal #1  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 3/14/15.

 

ANDRE WARD

Image result for andre ward

-Record:  30 – 0 – 0, 15 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Mikkel Kessler  —  Win, TD 11th round (12), 11/21/09.  (Won WBAsuper Super Middleweight title)
  • Arthur Abraham  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/14/11.
  • Carl Froch  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/17/11.  (Won WBC/TheRing Super Middleweight titles)

 

Predictions:

Maurice Hooker  —  def  —  Darleys Perez  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Curtis Stevens  —  def  —  James De La Rosa  —  via  —  KO 7th round

Oleksadr Gvozdyk  —  def  —  Isaac Chilemba  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Andre Ward  —  def  —  Sergey Kovalev  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Last night on HBO Boxing, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO’s) defeated Isaac Chilmeba (24-4-2, 10 KO’s) in Russia, to retain his WBAsuper/WBO/IBF/IBO world light heavyweight titles.  The fight went the distance, and Kovalev came out with the unanimous decision victory.  Chilemba would prove to be a nice tune-up fight for Kovalev before he has to fight Andre Ward, with his shifty and awkward style.  Chilemba is a somewhat defensive fighter, which was a nice experience for Kovalev, as he gets set for Ward.  Kovalev started off strong, pressuring Cilemba, and outlanding him in every round.  He was also landing the harder and more effective shots.  Chilemba avoided the knockout blows though, and gave Kovalev fits with his jab.  overtime Kovalev got on a roll, Chilemba would stop it with his jab, even though he was losing all the rounds.

Chilemba would win the 5th and 6th, which would be his only winning rounds.  Kovalev would finally break through Chilemab’s pure boxing abilities in the 7th round, when he landed a monster right hand that put Chilemba down.  Chilemba would get up and ,are it out of the round, but on wobbly feet.  In the 8th, Chilemba would get beat so bad that the unofficial scorer gave Kovalev another 10-8 round, even without a knockdown.  Kovalev would continue to rock Chilemba’s bell for the rest of the fight, and in the 11th, he nailed him again.  Chilemba would not go down however, and would make it through the 12th round as well.  The final scores were 117-110, 116-111, and 118-109.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE