Ward vs. Kovalev II: Prediction, Betting Odds, Preview For Championship Boxing Event

Since he's such a cerebral fighter with that ability to adjust, might Ward have an easier time with Kovalev in their rematch Saturday after having spent 12 rounds surveying Kovalev's tendencies with that outstanding sweet-science brain?

Virgil Hunter, Ward's careerlong trainer, was satisfied with the outcome. "The worst mistake you can make is to underestimate an opponent's IQ".

I don't think a third fight will realistically happen, not straight away at least, but perhaps it could still happen in time if both men continue to sit on top of the light-heavyweight division.

He is the best in the world. "I said Andre was in the best shape of his life and that he was as motivated as he has ever been for a fight in his life".

It was a satisfying conclusion for Ward, who is not known as a big puncher but sure unleashed some firepower on the "Krusher" in the final moments. The Post also scored the first fight for Ward, 114-113. They want you at range.

When Kovalev came to the podium, he commented "You saw everything".

At the first Ward-Kovalev weigh-in, on November 18, 2016, the fighters had to be separated. Kovalev said he was gassed because he over-trained.

"It was a low blow, again another one", he said as he watched a replay of the stoppage with an HBO interviewer.

With all of the comments that have been made since the boxers met previous year, Ward told TMZ that "He's culturally sound enough to know some of the things he's been doing are racially motivated". Yes, we turned the caption on, to make this more noticeable, since many media are putting this behind, focusing just on Ward's victory. And he's like right now, "oh yeah I beat the Kovalev, but he won with empty Kovalev".

"Championship fights start in second half, in the sixth round".

Kovalev said he hoped to have a third fight, but that is quite improbable, given the bad rancor between Roc Nation Sports and Kovalev promoter Main Events, not to mention that the first fight was not a commercial success and the rematch was not likely to be one either.

Bivol isn't ready to call out Kovalev, WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and Ward, who has the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

Ward was more interested in looking ahead, arguing that he has a better case than unbeaten three-belt middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin for being the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer. When he was asked for a prediction last week, that was clear. I know it sounds insane when you're light-heavyweight and I'm not the biggest light-heavyweight. "But I'm not going to put my head out there on a platter". He now is really high, his nose, and walking everywhere and don't see the people around him. All the talking is good for the fans, it's good to build it up, it's all good but anybody that knows me, knows that I'm about the action.

De La Hoya despises Floyd Mayweather. If you read this space in late March, you'd know that.

If the matchup isnt attractive enough, the two fighters have a genuine dislike for each other they were not afraid to voice this week.

"It's absolutely true", White said. I didn't feel it. White discounted that notion.

  • Julie Sanders