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Last night Saturday June 17th 2017 on HBO PPV, Andre “S.O.G” Ward (32-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) for the second time Via TKO in the 8th round.  In what was a shocking turn of event, Ward turned the fight around and knocked Kovalev out with body shots.  In the co-feature, Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KO’s) got a first round KO victory over the undefeated Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KO’s), on a very controversial call at the end of the first round.  Both fighters seemed to fight past the bell of the opening round, and Rigondeaux ld anded a punch after the bell that knocked Flores out.  The fight should have been called a no decision, but was instead called a KO victory for Rigondeaux.  Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KO’s) was also victorious over the gun shy Cedric Agnew (29-3, 15 KO’s), as he defeated him with a 4th round TKO.

Ward VS Kovalev 2 started in similar fashion as their first fight.  Kovalev was on the attack from the opening bell, and Ward was on his heels being very defensive, while trying to counter punch.  Kovalev out landed Ward in all of the first 6 rounds except one, and it seemed like Ward was far behind on the scorecards again.  Ward however did commit to the body of Kovalev, and it would end up paying dividends.  Ward’s slick and effective body punching would soften up Kovalev’s mid section, and have him looking gassed by the 5th round.  Kovalev was breathing heavy and losing steam, just like in their first meeting.

Ward started coming alive in the second half of the fight, just as he he in the first fight.  In the 7th round, he came right out with a huge right hand that hit Kovalev right on the money, and then continued with a sustained body attack.  In a tight 7th round however, Sergey Kovalev seemed to be tiring some more, even though he was the aggressor for most of the round.  In the 8th round, Kovalev seemed to start really being bothered by Andre Ward’s body punching mid way through the round.  With about a minuted left in the 8th, Ward landed a spectacular straight right hand which really stunned Kovalev, and Ward would go on the attack with Sergey backing up.  Kovalev, looking like he was about to keel over, got pinned against the ropes took 3 more hellacious uppercuts to the gut, and referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight.  Kovalev simply looked as if he could no longer defend himself because of the sustained body punishment.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night Saturday June 17th 2017, we will have the rematch between Andre Ward (31-0, 14 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (31-1-1, 26 KO’s).  Ward will be defending his WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight title, and the vacant TheRing title will also be on the line.  The fight will take place the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Paradise Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KO’s) will put his WBAsuper Super Bantamweight title on the line against Moises Flores(25-0, 17 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

ANDRE WARD

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Carl Froch  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/17/11.  (Won WBC/TheRing Super Middleweight titles)
  • Chad Dawson  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 9/8/12.
  • Sergey Kovalev  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/19/16.  (Won WBA/IBF/WBO Light Heavyweight titles)

 

SERGEY KOVALEV

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-Record:  31 – 1 – 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)
  • Bernard Hopkins  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/8/14.  (Won WBA/IBF Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Andre Ward  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/19/16.

 

Predictions:

Guillermo Rigondeaux  —  def  —  Moises Flores  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

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

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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

#5.  Floyd Mayweather VS Adrien Broner

The former “next” Floyd Mayweather, needs to be shut up by the real Floyd Mayweather.  These two were once close friends, and how now turned bitter enemies, after Broner’s head fell of his shoulders due to the losses that Mayweather harshly criticized.  Floyd even told Broner “how can you be the next Mayweather?  You lost”.  Broner did not take that lightly, and started continuously talking trash about his former idol.  Well if you are the next Floyd Mayweather, you should be able to beat a 39 year old Mayweather right?

#4.  Errol Spence Jr VS Kell Brook

In my opinion, these are the absolute best 2 welterweights in the game today, no matter what the rankings say.  Kell Brook is ranked #1 in the welterweight division.  Errol Spence is ranked #7.  Well that’s not accurate.  Errol Spence’s sample size is small, which is why he’s back that far on the list, but in my opinion there is no welterweight in the world that can beat him besides maybe Kell Brook, and that’s a big MAYBE!  Brook has destroyed everyone put in front of him, but so has Spence, and in even more dramatic fashion.  They are both great boxers, with tremendous power for their weight, the thing that separates them slightly, is Spence’s uncanny ability to destroy an opponent with body shots.  This is a great matchup between two very similar fighters, and its time to find out which is better.

#3.  Andre Ward VS Sergey Kovalev

This fight probably will happen, given that both Kovalev and Ward win their tune up fights over the summer, that’s why it only ranks at #3 on my wish list.  Ward and Kovalev are polar opposites with their boxing styles, Ward being the high ring IQ pure boxer, and Kovalev being the mauler that he is.  So far, no one has been able to stop the Kovalev onslaught, but Ward poses a huge threat.  He is smart enough and skilled enough to interrupt Kovalev’s relentless offense.  Remember, Ward was predicted to be one of the first eliminated in the Super 6 tournament, where he literally defeated every style of boxing, and won the whole thing.  Kovalev is a monster though, and this is probably the best matchup that can be made in all of boxing.

#2.  Deontay Wilder VS Wladimir Klitschko/Tyson Fury

We all know that Tyson Fury’s win over Klitschko was a fluke, and Wladimir will probably beat him in the rematch.  If not, then my #2 wish will be Wilder VS Fury.  Never the less, who ever it is, it’s Deontay’s turn to own the Heavyweight division.  Why?  Because he deserves it.  He is 35-0 with 34 KO’s, and that is absolutely amazing.  He single handily brought relevance back to the heavyweight division, and he deserves to own it.

#1.  Canelo Alvarez VS Gennady Golovkin

It’s time to give up the belt, and let the true best middleweight reign supreme, which is Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  Canelo is fighting a man half his size in Amir Khan on May 7th, so its likely that he will win.  If he does, which he will, he needs to put it all up against Golovkin, or leave the middleweight division.  Golovkin is the second best fighter in the world today, and he’s being held back that the lineal middleweight champ, who doesn’t even fight at the middleweight limit.  He has created his own division 1 pound above the junior middleweight class, just so he can hold that title that he doesn’t really deserve.  Gennady Golovkin is hands down the best middleweight in the world, and he should have all the straps to prove it.

WISH LIST PREDICITONS

Floyd Mayweather  —  def  —  Adrien Broner  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision (Shut out)

Errol Spence Jr  —  def  —  Kell Brook  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

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

Deontay Wilder  —  def  —  Wladimir Klitschko/Tyson Fury  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gennady Golovkin  —  def  —  Canelo Alvarez  —  via  —  KO 7th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE