Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev II

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Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev II
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Saturday, June 17, 2017
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WBA Super World light heavyweight title, IBF World light heavyweight title, WBO World light heavyweight title


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I think this a fight which would have been sorely wished for had it not been confirmed, it is very differential, and it makes all the sense in the world.

Andre Ward is a great champion, possibly the best fighter on the planet, one of the best out there, and is being denied the credit he deserves from the boxing public. I don't care if a million, 10 million, 100 million fans say Kovalev won their first fight, Paulie Malignaggi, and a few other top analysts have expressed the same opinion as me, Andre Ward bossed that fight back in November, he won it decisively, he came through adversity, after being dropped, and hurt in round 2, behind by three, having the fight really going against him, he regrouped, bit down on his gumshield, and dug deep, he won 7-8 of the last 10 rounds, and won the fight, 114-113, or 115-112, I had it 8-4, and I thought it was a bit of a master class from Ward.

I think a big part of the first fight which people miss, is the fact that Ward was able to rode Kovalev's punches, and take some of the force off them, so when they were landing a similar amount of punches, Ward was the one landing with leverage, and much more often than not, Ward was making Kovalev miss completely, and landing more as well, Ward's inside ability drained Kovalev down the stretch, people are fooled by his power, strength, and pressure. Ward out boxed Kovalev, in what was a phenominal, courageous, gutsy effort and an undeniable effort from him, to come back from a start like that, I don't blame the people who think Kovalev won, I do not have a problem with them, I do have a problem with the atrocious coverage from HBO, and I do have a problem with the idiots who give Ward abuse, unnecessary criticism, and declare him nowhere near as good as he is, questioning his heart, his bravery, I think when it gets to that stage, one can't take these fools seriously.

I think Andre Ward will make it 2-0, I think he is a special fighter, he has talent, and adaptability which I believe Kovalev doesn't have, and I believe he will be able to use this time in between fights wisely, more so than Kovalev, and I think Ward will win, maybe wide, I think he won't get dropped this time, and I think he'll make the legitimate case that he won by six points, I can see there being a vlid argument for it being a close fight, I think between 115-113 and 117-111.

I don't think thismwill be easy for Ward, far, far from it, I think this fight will be very competitive from start to finish, Kovalev should be a better fighter next time than he was the first time, he is a massive puncher, so good at using his advantages, good stamina, extremely strong, a very skilled boxer, a fantastic outside fighter, and a great all round boxer, but I don't think he can beat an on form Andre Ward.

Ward could well retire after this fight, he would have sealed his legacy, I would like to see have a few more fights, due to his layoff combined with the fact that's he still in the first half of his thirties, maybe even 4-5 more, and I would love to see him in a couple more big fights after this one, and maybe retire in 2019 or 2020, whether he does this, or retires after this fight, Andre Ward is a boxing legend, and one of the best in the world.