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Ward: To Talk Low Blows, Must Mention Kovalev's Rabbit Punches

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Andre Ward wanted everyone to understand that he wasn’t the only one playing rough Saturday night.

The IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion responded to criticism for repeatedly hitting Sergey Kovalev low by reminding reporters during a post-fight press conference that Kovalev cracked him with rabbit punches all night. Ward said he has knots on the back of his head from where Kovalev connected with illegal punches when they were tied up in clinches.

“If we’re gonna talk low blows, we’ll talk rabbit punches,” Ward said following his eighth-round stoppage of Kovalev in their rematch. “We can’t talk one without the other. And I honestly feel like his was intentional, because he really doesn’t know how to fight inside. That’s the best thing he can do.”

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Ward won their second light heavyweight title fight when referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop it at 2:29 of the eighth round at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Weeks’ stoppage caused controversy because Ward appeared to hit Kovalev below the belt multiple times in the eighth round.

Ward (32-0, 16 KOs), known before Saturday night as a physical and sometimes rule-bending boxer, claimed during the press conference he didn’t hit Kovalev low on purpose. Weeks warned Ward for a low blow in the final minute of the second round, but that was Weeks’ only warning to Ward during their competitive, compelling light heavyweight title fight.

“You know, I didn’t intentionally try to hit that man low,” Ward said. “Things happen. I wasn’t in trouble. I didn’t need to foul. Like, there was no reason for me to intentionally foul. You’ve just gotta look at the logic in that. Sometimes something’s gonna get away from you. But just because he has a reaction like that doesn’t mean it was low. It means he didn’t like the body work, and that’s why I didn’t follow up the first time, when I had him bent over, because I didn’t know how – I knew he was trying to sell it and I’m looking at Weeks like, ‘Is he buying it?’ And Weeks didn’t respond. He’d jump in, he’d pull back.

“So I was in a tough spot, but this is boxing, man. Like I told you guys, I won by 12 rounds and they say, ‘It was kind of boring. I fell asleep.’ OK, man. Then I had a close fight. ‘Well, people say it was controversial.’ And we come back after the controversy and do this, and we’re talking low blows. But it comes with the territory, man. I’m thankful, I appreciate all you guys and we did it. We did it.”

Kathy Duva – whose company, Main Events, promotes Russia’s Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) – contends Kovalev’s rabbit punching was his necessary response to Ward continually hitting him low.

“It was [a rough fight],” Duva said. “But when one guy’s throwing elbows and heads and all this, you’ve gotta defend yourself. I was happy Weeks was separating them from time to time. But how that ended, it was a series of low blows. Like, it was a combination.”

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 TonyGe on 06-23-2017

[QUOTE=bluepete;17779612]It was a dirty but quite good fight, better than the first one. If a rabbit punch ended it it'd have messed the fight up for those who stayed up for it. But it was a low blow stoppage that…

Comment by jas on 06-23-2017

I bet if someone counted rabbit punches landed by each fighter they would be similar or ward landed more

Comment by TonyGe on 06-23-2017

[QUOTE=thack;17779601]Ward again showing his true colours .He'll have to perfect them by the time he fights Anthony Joshua ....lol what a lunatic his couch Hunter is....Ward will outbox Anthony Joshua ....lol. Ward wasn't even out boxing Kovalev .what is Idiot…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-22-2017

[QUOTE=BrometheusBob.;17791486]I had made a few serious posts closer to after the fight, have been trolling more lately. I couldn't find the post I wanted to share with you from my posting history, but I will say that I think Cliff…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 06-22-2017

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;17789965]The well respected boxingscene writer Cliff Rold calls you a liar:[/QUOTE] we were not discussing the last punch we were discussing the earlier sequence, where Kovalev tried to fake a foul this one here..... [IMG]https://i.imgur.com/h2vj9Z5.gif[/IMG] Cliff loves me

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