Malignaggi Shakes Head: Terrible Stoppage in Ward vs. Kovalev

Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi was not happy with the ending to the light heavyweight rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev.

On Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Ward stopped Kovalev in the eight round to retain the WBA, WBO, IBF world titles.

Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) rocked Kovalev (30-2, 26 KOs) bad with a right hand and then landed numerous body shots to force referee Tony Weeks to wave off the fight.

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Malignaggi was ringside, working the broadcast for the UK television feed on Sky Sports.

He felt referee Tony Weeks should have allowed the contest to play out further to give Ward the chance to properly finish or see if Kovalev could recover.

"I thought the stoppage was terrible," said Malignaggi. "Guys get hurt in fights. It doesn't mean you stop a fight every time somebody gets hurt. It wasn't like he was hurt to the point where you had to stop the fight. It was a typical situation where a guy got hurt, but you see guys get that hurt a lot of times in fights - and you don't even think about stopping the fight.

"You've got to be really hurt to stop a fight, especially to stop a championship fight. Kovalev also was probably up in the fight, at least by a little bit. I had him up one going into the last round. "How much more hurt was he than Ward in round two of the last fight. Let's put it that way."

After the fight, Kovalev complained that Ward's body shots at the end were low blows. Malignaggi admitted it was difficult to rule whether they were illegal punches. Malignaggi was more upset with the ending than any dispute over punches straying low.

"It was hard to tell. Weeks has a better perspective than us, because we couldn't really tell in the replay," said Malignaggi.

"They were definitely borderline, so they could have gone either way. At the end of the day, listen I think Ward was hurting Kovalev to the body. This also takes away from a proper stoppage from Andre Ward. But give the fight the proper ending. What is going on? What was with that stoppage? All of a sudden he stopped the fight, I wasn't even sure what he was doing. I thought maybe he was calling a low blow. The last thing on my mind was that he was stopping the fight right now."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bluemax on 06-19-2017

What validates the corruption accusations is the fact once again Ward was up on two cards!! Apparent holding and hitting low count more in Vegas. Two Roc Nation fighters, Two corrupt, crooked decisions.

Comment by Ray* on 06-19-2017

He is right doe.

Comment by trainhard_187 on 06-19-2017

[LIST=1] [/LIST][QUOTE=MoneyLarry;17776508]I absolutely don't like agreeing with Pauline but he's absolutely right.[/QUOTE] And I agree with you both!

Comment by larryxxx. on 06-19-2017

[QUOTE=Freedom2111;17776525]Worst stoppage ever. Stopped on low blows![/QUOTE] your eastern euro lost..get over it..the black guy won....BY STOPPAGE!!!!!! DEAL WITH IT BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by eco1 on 06-19-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing lives;17778064]Say what you want. If it was a dog fight, we saw who got put down. Kovalev got his ass kicked in a fight. You didn't ever expect to see that. Sit your ass down! Thats exactly what I…

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