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.


“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 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][/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…

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