Video: James Prince Reacts To Andre Ward Stopping Kovalev

By Ryan Burton

Olympic gold medal winner Andre Ward has stopped Russian puncher Sergey Kovalev in the eighth round to win their rematch and retain his unified light-heavyweight world championship.

The 33-year-old Ward extended his perfect record to 32 wins in an impressive performance, albeit with a controversial ending, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Ward won the pair's first meeting last November via a unanimous but tight decision, with Kovalev aggrieved at the result having knocked the American down in round two, and the rematch was eagerly anticipated.

Again the Russian started stronger, with Ward firing off enough counter-shots to keep himself in the fight but looking weary between rounds.

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The momentum began to shift the American's way as the fight reached halfway, though, with both fighters landing some fierce shots in a more open and aggressive encounter than their first bout.

And after wobbling Kovalev midway through the eighth round with a straight right hand, Ward finished the job with a series of powerful body shots, including a few borderline low blows.

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

J princess needs to shut up and go back to robbing rappers

Comment by TheThirdEye on 06-18-2017

[CENTER][URL=""][IMG][/IMG][/URL][/CENTER] You guys should know, Ward didn't choose Kovalev, Kathy Duva invited Ward to come up in weight to fight Kovalev for the number 1 position in the pound-for-pound list. She did it to wipe-off Stevenson from the equation. But…

Comment by TreJac on 06-18-2017

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;17777073]If Ward can make it down to 164 - GGG is waiting...[/QUOTE] Why would Ward drain down to 164 for GGG? Maybe 168 but Ward is in the driver seat so he calls the shots!

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 06-18-2017

If Ward can make it down to 164 - GGG is waiting...

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