Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

NSAC Exec: Good Stoppage of Kovalev, Ward's Shots Were Legal

Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, saw no issue with Saturday's ruling by referee Tony Weeks, who stopped the Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev rematch in the eight round at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Kovalev was hurt bad by a right hand, and then Ward swarmed on him with shots to the body. Kovalev claims that several of the shots were very low and forced him to sit on the ropes.

Weeks felt Kovalev was not punching back or defending himself, so he stepped in to wave off the fight. Ward retained his IBF, WBA, WBO light heavyweight world titles.

boxing

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who promotes Kovalev, plans to submit a protest to the NSAC.

Bennett spoke with Weeks, and the veteran referee saw no issue with the punches that were landed by Ward. Bennett, who also felt the punches looked good, completely backs the referee in this situation and said the stoppage was well done.

“In all fairness to Kathy, she’s upset. It’s her fighter,” Bennett said to USA Today. “I felt we had it right the first time. And I thought Tony did a great job this time. I’ve reviewed the fight this morning. I looked at those punches that were allegedly low, and even spoke to (HBO’s) Tom Hauser, who sent me a video, saying one of those punches was low but it was very hard to determine because Kovalev’s arm was by his waist, and the punch looks like it comes up underneath and hits on the belt line.

“Kathy said, ‘Bob, can’t you take a look at the instant replay?’ But the only way we can look at an instant replay is under one condition: when a punch or kick below the belt terminates the bout and the referee isn’t sure whether it’s a legal or illegal blow. I asked [Weeks], ‘Do you want to look at the instant replay, and he said no. He said I’m satisfied they were on the beltline.’ And it was clear from my viewpoint that the punches were on the beltline."

“It’s rather interesting at the end that when Ward hits him in the stomach at the end, he sat on the ropes. And the punch looked good. Weeks was in good position to see where those blows landed and they’re right on the belt line. Are they close? Sure. But do they look good? Yeah. Did he have one or two low blows where Tony told him to keep them up? You could argue that he did. But at the same time you could argue that Kovalev put Ward in numerous headlocks and Tony had to reprimand both of them. I think the stoppage was good."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-21-2017

[QUOTE=SplitSecond;17785177]What he said is that comebacks happen e.g ward-kovalev I, marquez-pacquiao I, pacquiao-marquez IV, joshua-klitschko etc etc And you're lying to yourself if you think you know what would, you like everyone else can make an educated guess, maybe people…

Comment by A-Wolf on 06-20-2017

[QUOTE=revelated;17785384]What the hell fight is that in your sig? I mean those shots were clearly beltline bro...but I'd still like to see for myself[/QUOTE] Derrick Gainer vs. Freddie Norwood

Comment by revelated on 06-20-2017

[QUOTE=A-Wolf;17779115]:owned: :owned: :owned:[/QUOTE] What the hell fight is that in your sig? I mean those shots were clearly beltline bro...but I'd still like to see for myself

Comment by Metho_4u on 06-20-2017

[QUOTE=SplitSecond;17785177]What he said is that comebacks happen e.g ward-kovalev I, marquez-pacquiao I, pacquiao-marquez IV, joshua-klitschko etc etc And you're lying to yourself if you think you know what would, you like everyone else can make an educated guess, maybe people…

Comment by SplitSecond on 06-20-2017

[QUOTE=Metho_4u;17785050]So, you honestly think kovalev was heading for a win then? I just want to get that on a screenshot.[/QUOTE] What he said is that comebacks happen e.g ward-kovalev I, marquez-pacquiao I, pacquiao-marquez IV, joshua-klitschko etc etc And you're lying…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (213)
Top Headlines Spence: I Want To Clean Out 147, Be The Last Man Standing! Price Details How He Badly Drilled Anthony Joshua in Sparring Whyte: Getting Wilder's WBC Belt Makes Joshua Rematch Bigger! Tyson Fury Offers To Be Parker's Sparring Partner For Joshua Fight Frank Buglioni vs. Callum Johnson Added To Whyte vs. Browne News: Beltran-Moses Update, Eddie Ortiz, LaManna-Bracero Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne - Heated Face To Face Josh Taylor vs. Humberto Soto Set For March 3, Glasgow Whyte: Browne Old & Slow; He Has No Way of Stopping Me DiBella: There's No Way Easter-Fortuna Will Be a Boring Fight Jamal James is Open To Facing Amir Khan in Comeback Fight DiBella: If Spence Dominates Peterson, There With Crawford, Loma Frampton: Warren Wants Donaire Fight To Be a WBO Eliminator Cheeseman: Carson Jones Getting Older, I'll Stop Him Late Knockout CP Freshmart vs. Landero in WBA Title Clash, March 6 Hearn: Joshua-Povetkin Happens in UK, We Won't Go To Russia Arum: Pacquiao, Crawford-Horn Double Would Be ESPN PPV Joshua Promoter: We Want Wilder By Year's End - Even in U.S. Evander Holyfield Enters The World of Cryptocurrency The Road to Keith Thurman-Errol Spence Begins (! Or ?) Angulo Very Angry With Chavez Jr. For Delaying Their Fight Jorge Linares Very Willing To Face Lomachenko or Garcia Next Arum Reacts To The Chatter of a Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko Bout Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn Heading To MSG on April 14? Photos: Gilberto Ramirez Training in Beast Mode For Ahmed Lomachenko's Manager: Pacquiao is Old, No Gain in Beating Him Photos: Lamont Peterson, Robert Easter, Browne Workouts David Kaminsky, 17-Year-Old Israeli Prospect, Joins Top Rank Photos: Errol Spence Looking Very Sharp During Workout Lamont Peterson Feels He's in 'Perfect Place' For Spence Clash Miguel Berchelt Holds Presser, Still Unsure of Next Opponent Lipinets Trained With One Hand, 'Begged' to Stay in Garcia Fight Parker's Promoter: Joshua's 'More Than Human' Talk is Just Silly Brook-Rabchenko: Kid Galahad, Appleyard vs. Shafiq Added Frampton: I May Need Career Best Performance To Beat Donaire Lipinets Suffers Hand Injury, Fight Against Garcia Postponed Photos: Carl Frampton, Nonito Donaire - Go Face To Face Anthony Mundine Places Full Focus on Jeff Horn After Big KO Win David Price Agrees to Fight Povetkin on Joshua-Parker Undercard Easter: I Must Fight Tall; I Made the Shafikov Fight Too Hard
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement