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Andre Ward: It is Plain To See I Broke Kovalev Mentally, Physically!

Andre Ward proclaimed himself the pound-for-pound world number one after stopping Sergey Kovalev in their rematch to retain his unified light-heavyweight world championship.

An eighth-round win via a controversial technical knockout took Ward to 32 wins from 32 in his career and the 33-year-old then set his sights on climbing the weight classes.

Speaking to HBO after the fight, he said: "Let me ask you the question: Can I get on the pound-for-pound list now? At the top? Hopefully, against a great fighter like Sergey Kovalev, we'll get our credit tonight and get atop that pound-for-pound list."

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An impressive performance from Ward was marred by the ending to the fight, with a succession of borderline low blows securing the stoppage after he had initially rocked the Russian with a powerful straight right to the head.

Kovalev was aggrieved at losing the pair's first meeting last November having knocked Ward down in round two, and again he was frustrated at the stoppage.

Ward was unrepentant when watching the same footage.

"When I saw him react to the body shots that were borderline, I knew I had him," he said. "Go back down there. Why get away from it?

"Then I hurt him with a head shot and I just had to get the right shots in there to get it over with. T hat one's probably borderline - he was hurt, I went right back there again, he wasn't reacting, right back there again and the referee stopped it."

“I think it was plain to see that I broke him mentally and physically. I’m not a person that demands respect or none of that. You don’t have to respect me and I don’t demand anything, but at a certain point and time, you got to give a person their just do. I’m 13 years in and I’ve been doing it against the best.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-20-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17782207]that looks perfectly legal, right on the belt there were at least 2 legitimate low-blows, I don't think your pic is showing either of those so what..... ? Weeks should have picked up on them, just like he should have…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-20-2017

[QUOTE=Smash;17783770]What are you taking about? [B]Ward targeted kovalevs beltline early.[/B] What kov should have done is hit him back there hard. There were several low blows, yes more than two that i saw with the last one being a testicle…

Comment by Smash on 06-20-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17782112]you guys are not posting, you are crying online..... no matter how you spin it, Kovalev folded look..... [IMG]https://i.imgur.com/h2vj9Z5.gif[/IMG] Ward could have finished him off then and there Kovalev was done before that last low shot save your tears for…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-19-2017

[QUOTE=Vlad_;17782136]Oh look, here is the shot right before the two in your sig: [IMG]https://image.ibb.co/gkZeQ5/Low.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] that looks perfectly legal, right on the belt there were at least 2 legitimate low-blows, I don't think your pic is showing either of those so…

Comment by champion4ever on 06-19-2017

In a nutshell, truer words couldn't have been spoken better. Andre's relentless body assault broke Kovalev's will by forcing him into subsequently checking out mentally from the fight.

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