Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Andre Ward: No Third Fight Against Kovalev; Doesn't Make Sense

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Andre Ward doesn’t see any reason to fight Sergey Kovalev a third time, certainly not next.

Whatever you think of Ward’s wins against Kovalev, he has beaten the former light heavyweight champion by unanimous decision and technical knockout in their two fights over the past seven months. That’s more than enough proof for Ward to want to move on to another opponent whenever the IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion decides to return to the ring.

The 34-year-old Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) said several times following his controversial eighth-round technical knockout defeat Saturday night at Mandalay Bay Events Center that he wants another shot at Ward (32-0, 16 KOs). After failing to deliver the destruction he promised in their immediate rematch, Kovalev shouldn’t hold his breath.

boxing

“No third fight. That’s out,” Ward said during the post-fight press conference. “I don’t think that makes sense. It may make sense if say, for example, he fought Stevenson, won a belt, two or three fights down the road.”

Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs), the WBC light heavyweight champion, wants Ward, not Kovalev, according to what the Quebec-based champion Tweeted on Saturday night after Ward’s win.

Kovalev claims he deserves a third bout because Ward landed three consecutive punches below his belt line just before referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop their rematch at 2:29 of the eighth round.

After another hard-fought defeat of Kovalev, Ward wanted to enjoy his victory, not discuss future opponents. The 33-year-old Ward briefly contemplated retirement after defeating Kovalev in their 12-round fight November 19 at T-Mobile Arena, but he is expected to return to the ring after stopping Kovalev.

Who and when were questions Ward would prefer to address at a later date.

“Vacation is next,” Ward said. “I don’t know. I don’t know, man. … I’ve just gotta sit and talk to my family. We’ll collectively make a decision on what’s next.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Finito2K on 06-19-2017

The rematch drew an even smaller crowd than the first fight. [IMG]https://d2s3dt9f4iyeup.cloudfront.net/images/standard_v1/c55e2b2b-3c37-4bc4-96d8-7c8bfe359dec.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by ironmt on 06-19-2017

[QUOTE=SonnyboyReturns;17781724]All I know is that Floyd never fought a Kov level opponent in their prime.[/QUOTE] No question about that. Ward keeps going the way he Is with the level of opposition he Is facing he will without a doubt surpass…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-19-2017

[QUOTE=SonnyboyReturns;17781724]All I know is that Floyd never fought a Kov level opponent[B] in their prime[/B].[/QUOTE] Diego Corrales !! stop that bullshht..... Mayweather would have beaten any version of Pacquiao 10/10.

Comment by Xi_ on 06-19-2017

[QUOTE=SonnyboyReturns;17781724]All I know is that Floyd never fought a Kov level opponent in their prime.[/QUOTE] You might be right.....Ward made Kovalev his b1tch. Floyd is a top 20 atg with nothing to prove and ward idolizes Floyd.

Comment by sicko on 06-19-2017

Well Kovalev team so Arrogant they thought they would get the win and not need a rematch so they closed the door on a 3rd Match Months Ago! While Kovalev Fans are *****ing about Low Blows, what they will never…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (77)
Top Headlines Hearn: Wilder-Fury Will Be Terrible; Fury Will Get Knocked Out Photos: Jarrell Miller Crushes Bogdan Dinu in The Fourth Spence: Jermell Charlo Beats Hurd, Enters Pound-For-Pound Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias Battle To a Split Draw Photos: Claressa Shields Earns More Gold, Easily Beats Rankin Archie Sharp Aims To Land Ryan Garcia, His Female Fans Too Buboy Studying Broner, Getting Pacquiao's Camp Ready Rizin CEO Warns: Nasukawa Will Aim To Knock Mayweather Out! Josh Kelly: Usyk Not Ready For Joshua, Can He Take The Power? Seniesa Estrada Wins Big; Tom Schwarz and Krasniqi Win Too Jarrell Miller Blasts Out Bogdan Dinu in Four Rounds Jarrell Miller vs. Bogdan Dinu - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Claressa Shields Dominates Hannah Rankin, Wins Decision Claressa Shields vs. Hannah Rankin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Brandon Rios Breaks Down, Stops Ramon Alvarez in Ninth Brandon Rios vs. Ramon Alvarez - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias Fight To a Twelve Round Split Draw Gabe Rosado vs. Luis Arias - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Miller-Dinu Undercard Results From Mulvane, Kansas Kerman Lejarraga Knocks Frankie Gavin Out in Fourth Round Harley Benn Gets Win, Moves To 5-0 In Brentwood Michael Dutchover Takes Out Ruben Tamayo in Three Rounds Liam Taylor Beats Tyrone Nurse, Moves Closer To British Title Cornflake Beats Arnaoutis, Driven To Be 'World-Class-Level Fighter' Luis Coria Faces Stiff Test in Thomas Valdez in Arizona Jarrell Miller: Deontay Wilder Might Knock Tyson Fury's Head Off! Spence, Crawford Trade Heated Words - Agree on $1 Million Bet Chordale Booker Ready To Show He's 'The Gift' in North Carolina Kerman Lejarraga Will Become a Huge Attraction, Says DiBella Promoter: Dinu's A Top-10 Heavyweight; Toughest Fight For Miller Omar Figueroa Craves Errol Spence Rematch in The Future Jarrell Miller: I'll Impose Will On Dinu & Get Him Out Of There Photos: Maurice Hooker Breaks Down, Stops Alex Saucedo Lennox Lewis: Wilder-Fury Will NOT Look Like Klitschko-Fury Daily Bread Mailbag: Spence-Garcia, Mayweather, Usyk, More Photos: Kavaliauskas in Line For Crawford After Arriaza KO Win Frank Warren Discusses a Big December For British Boxing Chael Sonnen Cautions of Mayweather-Nasukawa Double Cross Arum: We're Going To Look Very Closely at Crawford-Kavaliauskas Whyte Warns: Joshua Will Get a "Whooping" When Time Comes
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement