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Andre Ward TKO’s Sergey Kovalev in round 8 of a shocker!

by on Jun.21, 2017, under Boxing News

By Christopher Morgan

 

LAS VEGAS, NV, June, 17, 2017 – I couldn’t find a more apt word for what Andre Ward was able to accomplish on Saturday night over his most bitter rival Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Andre Ward isn’t known for stopping anyone –especially A level fighters.

When referee Tony Weeks stepped in and waived the fight over midway through the 8th round I jumped out of my seat in disbelief.  It was truly shocking to see. (continue reading…)

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Andre Ward wins controversial unanimous decision over Champion Sergey Kovalev

by on Nov.21, 2016, under Boxing News

 

Kovalev (right) and Ward engage at close range (photo courtesy of HBO Boxing).

Kovalev (right) and Ward engage at close range (photo courtesy of HBO Boxing).

 

Las Vegas, NV, November, 19, 2016 – We the people were led to believe we were going to watch a non-stop pressuring destroyer in Sergey Kovalev go up against a master defensive tactician in Andre Ward. We were wondering whether Kovalev was as good as his record indicated and if so whether it would be enough to overcome the ring intelligence and versatility of Ward. At the end of 12 nail biting rounds Sergey Kovalevs status was validated and even elevated as he arguably was the better boxer in the fight. Andre Ward who was wobbled badly by a jab from Kovalev in the first and dropped hard in the second round from a short right hook was never able to take over the fight or maintain control for long stretches like he has done with all past opponents.

After the first two rounds and the aforementioned knockdown, Andre appeared to be fighting scared, backing up while not throwing anything for fear of what was coming in return, Kovalevs jab repeatedly disrupted the early rounds attack from Ward as well stopping Ward in his tracks several times. By the 4th round Kovalev had discovered something that all past opponents had failed to, he was aware of when Ward was going to initiate a clinch, anticipated it and was able to gain the upper hand either through a headlock or by having one punching arm free. Round 5 went to Kovalev who was fighting very calmly using intelligent patient pressure but always moving forward and throwing. Ward landed his best punch of the fight in the 5th round a flashing piston of a right hand, Kovalev didn’t appear to be bothered by the punch. (continue reading…)

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At long last undefeated Light Heavyweights Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev face off in mouth watering superfight

by on Nov.18, 2016, under Boxing News

By Christopher Morgan

Photo courtesy of HBO.

Photo courtesy of HBO.

LAS VEGAS — November, 18, 2016 – It is really happening live tomorrow at T Mobile live on HBO PPV under the bright lights of Las Vegas. This is truly both a casual and a die-hard boxing fan dream fight pitting the classic slugging destroyer in Sergey Kovalev vs the intelligent ring smith in Andre Ward.

Of course each man on the surface level reads as the aforementioned boxing archetypes but each possesses nuance and style from other camps. Sergey displayed great boxing intelligence, timing and ring craft in his dismantling of Bernard Hopkins in late 2014. Sure some critics like to point out that “Hopkins was 50 years old”, but with the exception of the two men competing tomorrow night that 50 year old man would probably still dominate the light heavyweight division. As for Andre Ward, we have seen him frequently break from the safety first tactical distance fighter to rough opponents up at close quarters with a wrestling grappling style that has yet to be solved by any fighter Ward has faced.

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Andre Ward Outclasses Tough Challenger Sullivan Barrera in Light Heavyweight Debut

by on Mar.28, 2016, under Boxing News

 

Ward, at left, and Barrera mix it up (photo courtesy of HBO Boxing)

Ward, at left, and Barrera mix it up (photo courtesy of HBO.com/Boxing)

 

OAKLAND, CA, March, 26, 2016 – In front of a packed house at Oracle Arena, Andre Ward made his Light Heavyweight debut successful as he mostly had his way with previously undefeated challenger Sullivan Barrera over 12 give and take rounds. Sullivan Barrera performed much better than was anticipated by most experts either due to Ward electing to slug more and clinch less, ring rust, age related decline or a combination of all of the above. Please read along as I give my impressions of the main event!

The arena has filled up, local stars including Golden States Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, Marshawn Lynch and Frank Gore are in attendance, the fight night atmosphere has engulfed Oracle. Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 Kos) enters the ring first and is treated with surprising ambivalence by the crowd, much different from the malice usually reserved for Wards challengers in Oakland. The loud cheers signal that Andre Ward (28-0, 15 Kos) has begun his walk to the ring which is fast and business like, no show boating or playing to the crowd with this man. As Andre disrobes in the ring it is instantly apparent that he is carrying the new 175lb weight very well, he looks thicker, defined and strong. As Barrera disrobes he also appears to be in very good shape. (continue reading…)

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Andre Ward scores easy 9th round TKO over British Challenger Paul Smith

by on Jun.22, 2015, under Boxing News

By Christopher Morgan at ringside

 

 

OAKLAND, CA,  June, 20, 2015 — It’s been quite a ride for the Oracle Arena and city of Oakland over these last few weeks, with the NBA Golden State Warriors winning their first championship in 40 years and the Number 2 pound for pound best fighter on the planet, Andre Ward, making a long awaited comeback after a 19-month layoff. Andre Ward’s new promoter, Rapper and media mogul Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, sold out the Arena with competitive ticket prices and a star-studded cast, including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and none other than the 2015 NBA MVP himself Stephen “Steph” Curry, who carried one of Wards championship belts as he walked to the ring. Did the fight itself live up to the hype? Please read along and find out, as I take you through the fight from my perspective at ringside.

The arena is full and fans are on their feet as Michael Buffer goes over the familiar fighter introductions routine. Paul Smith, introduced first, gets an Arena full of hecklers and boos, but carries a determined and serious look on his mug. Andre Ward gets the full support from his local fans, as is to be expected. (continue reading…)

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