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Ward: When Kovalev Can't Get You Out of There - He Fades

Andre Ward won't apologize for the close decision that Sergey Kovalev insists should have gone his way when the light heavyweights fought in November.

Still, he's eager to clear up any remaining doubts when they meet Saturday night in a 175-pound title rematch.

Ward is among those people, and the fact that he rallied from a second-round knockdown to win makes him even more confident about the rematch. Kovalev faded in the first fight, and Ward plans to do everything he can to ensure that happens again.

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"When he can't get you out of there he fades," Ward said. "You kind of see a theme in his fights. He's so used to people trying to get away from his power that he's able to rest between the action. He's not used to someone pushing the action."

The rematch is as intriguing as the first fight, when the question was whether Kovalev's vaunted power would carry the day against a fighter who never really excites fans but always leaves the ring with his hand raised. Ward, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, hasn't lost since age 12, though Kovalev is convinced there should be one big loss on his record.

If the matchup isn't attractive enough, the two fighters have a genuine dislike for each other they were not afraid to voice this week. There's also a bit of an undercurrent about a Russian meeting an American, though Kovalev spends much of his time in Los Angeles.

Unfortunately for both fighters, those outside boxing don't seem terribly interested. The fight at the Mandalay Bay resort is being held in a smaller arena than the first, and pay-per-view sales are expected to be tepid.

And any efforts to generate buzz this week were dashed when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor announced their own fight.

Anyone who watched the first fight would have to be intrigued by the rematch. Kovalev appeared on his way to beating Ward in November before Ward gained control midway through the fight and eked out a one-point win on all three scorecards.

Kovalev claimed he overtrained for the first bout and had nothing when he went into the ring. Regardless, he said, he plans to not only win the fight but take out his frustrations on Ward.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dr.Cool on 06-18-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing Truth;17767366]Your credibility is shot since Kovalev is tested annuallyby vada and ward refused. Ward is a product of promotion and truly is nothing special. But hey BLACK usa boxibg needs hereos since they are dominated today by eastern euros…

Comment by Kigali on 06-18-2017

[QUOTE=RussTBE;17771640]Did he go down? No. Did he get hit with low blows? Yes. He was a little hurt only retard would deny that, but[B] the fight shouldnt have been stopped[/B]. Should have been a warning or a 10 count and…

Comment by Dr.Cool on 06-18-2017

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;17767093]We're going that angle are we? Lol Kov barely has any connection to his home country! The same country who shunned Kov and no promoter didn't want to sign him or give him a shot? Yes sure bud, whatever you…

Comment by Jedi Vader on 06-18-2017

[QUOTE=RussTBE;17771780]Yea thats why he should have separated them and gave a 10 count or warning, not stop the ****ing fight without even giving kovalev a chance to recover.[/QUOTE] Kovalev was bending over because he was finished.

Comment by RussTBE on 06-18-2017

[QUOTE=Jedi Vader;17771732]He was bending over. If the ref hadn't have stopped it, Ward could have landed a serious career ending blow to Kovalev.[/QUOTE] Yea thats why he should have separated them and gave a 10 count or warning, not stop…

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