Sport Ward hints at AJ bout

12:11  19 june  2017
12:11  19 june  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Ward stops Kovalev in eight to win rematch

  Ward stops Kovalev in eight to win rematch Andre Ward stopped Sergey Kovalev in round eight to win their rematch and retain his unified light-heavyweight world championship. The 33-year-old American extended his perfect career record to 32 wins from 32 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 Ward down in round two, and the rematch was eagerly anticipated.

Andre Ward says he would be open to a move up to heavyweight and has hinted at a possible clash against world champion Anthony Joshua. Ward first stepped up from the super-middleweight ranks to face the Russian last November and the 33-year-old has now admitted a bout against the WBA and

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Andre Ward says he would be open to a move up to heavyweight and has hinted at a possible clash against world champion Anthony Joshua.

The unbeaten American retained his world light-heavyweight titles on Saturday after a stoppage victory over Sergey Kovalev in their rematch in Las Vegas.

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Ward first stepped up from the super-middleweight ranks to face the Russian last November and the 33-year-old has now admitted a bout against the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion could tempt him to make the step up to the top division.

Ward beats Kovalev with stoppage

  Ward beats Kovalev with stoppage Andre Ward beat Sergey Kovalev with a controversial stoppage victory where he retained his world light heavyweight titles in Las Vegas on Saturday night (17/06/2017). The stoppage came in the eighth round after a powerful right hand from Ward, but, Kovalev was frustrated that the referee allowed Ward to pull off some low blows before stopping the fight. Both fighters provided an explosive rematch, however, it was Ward who made his presence felt after landing a right hand on the Russian in the closing stages of the first round. Kovalev then began his own attack on Ward, producing a thumping right hand in the second and stringing together a combination of jabs in the third which troubled Ward. Neither Ward or Kovalev were able to gain a foothold in the fight as the American produced a quick left hand in the fourth followed by a left hook in the fifth. Kovalev produced body shots in the sixth attempting to drain Ward of any energy. Impressive counter punches followed from Ward which was followed by an impressive punch in the eight. Kovalev complained to the referee about low blows from Ward, but, these were dismissed. The American took advantage of this distraction trapping Kovalev in the corner and unloaded a succession of punches before the fight was waved off. Speaking after the fight, Kovalev felt like he could have continued and wants to fight Ward for the third time. “Right now, I could have continued. I didn’t feel that hurt.” “Why stop the fight? It’s crazy. I want to get again a fight with him.” Ward showed respect to Kovalev, but, claimed that he knew how to beat Kovalev in convincing fashion.

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Kovalev appeared on his way to beating Ward in November before Ward gained control midway through the fight and eked out a one-point win on all three scorecards. Kovalev claimed he overtrained for the first bout and had nothing when he went into the ring.

"I always seem to be knocking down giants one by one," Ward said. "Heavyweight, that's always been a dream of mine. It's got to be against the right guy, but I dream big and anything is possible."

Ward added: "He [Ward's trainer Virgil Hunter] has always been setting the bar high, that is the essence of our team right there.

"That man will have me believing things that I never even thought of. Like, 'Anthony Joshua, really?' and it will make perfect sense to him. So we'll see."

Hunter first suggested the idea of Ward facing Joshua and believes his man has the attributes to outbox the British knockout specialist.

Ward would also not be the first fighter to make the leap, with the legendary Roy Jones Jr having moved up from the light-heavyweight division in 2003 to defeat John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title.

"Fighting a bigger man doesn't have to do with size, it has to do with your attributes and their attributes," Hunter said.

"If you are able to single out one thing that makes it a competitive fight for yourself, you take that chance.

"I'd like to see him fight Anthony Joshua. I'm not playing, I'm serious. I think it would be a very interesting fight. I believe he could outbox Anthony Joshua.

"There's some things about Joshua that I see. He's a good kid, I know him, but I see things with him in particular and he is the best [of the heavyweight champions], but styles make fights.

"It would be a waste of time to go to the cruiserweights, we should just leapfrog it, go for it all."

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