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Kovalev: Right Now It's 1-1; I Want a Third Fight With Ward

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Sergey Kovalev knows it probably isn’t a realistic expectation, but he wants a third fight against Andre Ward.

Kovalev considers their series even.

The former light heavyweight champion thinks he should be given credit for winning their first fight, which Ward narrowly won by unanimous decision (114-113 on all three scorecards) on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena. Despite another controversial conclusion, Kovalev concedes Ward won their rematch June 17 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

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“How I think is the first time is behind me [I won],” Kovalev told a group of reporters last weekend at MGM Grand. “The second fight is behind him [he won]. Right now it’s 1-1. And second fight [he won] with the help of the referee. OK, but 1-1. But let’s do like a third one.”

Ward won their rematch by eighth-round technical knockout, but Kovalev’s promoter, Main Events, filed a protest on his behalf because Ward seemed to land multiple low blows before referee Tony Weeks stopped it. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to rule on Kovalev’s protest, though Main Events CEO Kathy Duva has said she expects the result to stand.

Nevertheless, Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) feels like he and Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) still have unfinished business.

“I feel like Ward, he didn’t [finish the job], because the referee helped him,” Kovalev said. “Really, it was unfairly stopped. Better he stopped me himself and I go to the floor. OK, I’d say, ‘Yes, it’s done. I’m done.’ But I’m not done. I’m ready to fight again with him.”

Russia’s Kovalev is scheduled to fight for the first time since losing his rematch with Ward on November 25 in New York. HBO will televise his fight against Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) from The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Ward – who’s widely viewed as the best boxer, pound-for-pound, in the world – likely will return to the ring sometime early in 2018, but his next fight hasn’t been scheduled.

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 Kigali on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=maracho;18076482]Just gotta Get rid the John David Jackson/Tony Weeks sabotage[/QUOTE] :loser::loser:

Comment by Kigali on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=uppercut510;18133221]Kov even admits he lost the fight, but look at his fan boys.... The main low blow that counted was the right to the nuts hanging from kovs chin, hes the son of the right hand..[B]. Had him doing the…

Comment by Kigali on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=sterilizer;18077282]Anybody can "brutalize" the opponent by throwing a string of blatant low punches, and "win" a fight by KO instead of being disqualified. Since Russia is a poor country and can never even come close to generating the revenue the…

Comment by uppercut510 on 10-13-2017

Kov even admits he lost the fight, but look at his fan boys.... The main low blow that counted was the right to the nuts hanging from kovs chin, hes the son of the right hand... Had him doing the…

Comment by j.razor on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=eco1;18075903]u r too biased to post about this.[/QUOTE] No NOT bias. I keeps it 100 & people like you cant handle the truth.

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