Golovkin: Ward-Kovalev Rematch Was Stopped 'A Little Bit Early'

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Andre Ward impressed Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night.

Golovkin noticed improvement and intelligence from Ward during his light heavyweight championship rematch against Sergey Kovalev. The IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion also appreciated the exciting, back-and-forth fight Ward and Kovalev produced before Ward won by eighth-round technical knockout at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) was asked about the Ward-Kovalev rematch Tuesday night prior to a press conference in Theater at Madison Square Garden to promote his September 16th showdown with Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs). The Kazakh knockout artist is very familiar with Ward (32-0, 16 KOs), who he had hoped to eventually box before Ward moved up to the light heavyweight division, and Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs), against whom he has sparred.

“It was a beautiful war,” Golovkin said. “Sergey is Sergey. I don’t see big progress. Kovalev is Kovalev. Andre, he bring more boxing. He’s a smart guy.”


When asked about the low blows Ward landed, Golovkin said, “What do you mean?” Golovkin did, however, think referee Tony Weeks stopped their fight “a little bit early, yeah.”

Weeks halted the action at 2:29 of the eighth round, after Ward landed three consecutive punches below Kovalev’s belt line. Ward previously hurt Kovalev with a flush right hand to the jaw with 1:14 to go in the eighth round, which buckled Kovalev’s knees and left the former champion holding and moving away from Ward.

Main Events, Kovalev’s promoter, has since filed a protest with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Kovalev’s behalf.

“I’m not a referee,” Golovkin said. “I’m a fighter. Seriously. For me, maybe [the stoppage was] a little bit early because body is not head. I think Tony maybe [could’ve allowed a] first knockdown, once. If Kovalev looked bad, OK, stop. Not like one punch, ‘Stop! Stop! Stop! Stop!’ No.”

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 aboutfkntime on 06-24-2017

[QUOTE=Vlad_;17796102]I saw Kovalev back up, Ward threw shots, Kovalev jabbed, and Ward jumped in to clinch. I don't think Kovalev won. I think it was 4-3 Kov (5-2 possible) at time of stoppage. I think we will never know if…

Comment by Vlad_ on 06-24-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17796084]after Ward wobbled him, and backed him up..... do you still think Kovalev won that fight ?[/QUOTE] I saw Kovalev back up, Ward threw shots, Kovalev jabbed, and Ward jumped in to clinch. I don't think Kovalev won. I think…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-24-2017

[QUOTE=Vlad_;17796072]Where exactly did you see him hold in that sequence exactly? Ward was the one who jumped in to clinch after eating that jab.[/QUOTE] after Ward wobbled him, and backed him up..... do you still think Kovalev won that fight…

Comment by Vlad_ on 06-24-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17795992]was what..... ? wobbled him..... backed him up..... and made him hold at the first opportunity until his head cleared..... just like in the other gif? :lol1:[/QUOTE] Where exactly did you see him hold in that sequence exactly? Ward was…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-23-2017

[QUOTE=Vlad_;17792262]They keep talking about Ward's counter right hand that landed flush as if it was some KO shot, and they keep showing it in ultra slow motion, when in reality [B][SIZE="4"]all it did to Kovalev in real speed was[/SIZE][/B] this:…

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