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Boxer Andre Ward Stops Russia's Sergei Kovalev In Eighth Round

20 June 2017

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev will meet for the second time Saturday in a fight between arguably the two best light heavyweights, but there's a prospect on the undercard who could soon join the picture. Is Ward the undisputed numero uno on the Pound for Pound scene? Do you simply base it on achievement?

Bivol, who is just 26 years old, pushes to 11-0 and looks for all the world to be a future star at 175 pounds.

Or, do you simply play the fantasy simulation game when coming up with your P4P list?

Andre Ward told us all it was coming. Ward, smelling blood, began to punish Kovalev's body and eventually earned the stoppage at 2:29 of Round 8.

But now he's thinking bigger.

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Asked what he would do next, Ward said, "Cruiserweight?" "I could have continued to fight". "But look at Roy (Jones)". "I believed and trusted Tony Weeks, but he did a wrong decision in stopping the fight". The real world is different, however. If this were a movie, they would have named it "The Exorcist" - not for the victor, not for the loser, but an exorcism for the most maligned weight class in the history of professional boxing. It happened. That's always been a dream of mine and that's something me and Virgil [Hunter, his trainer] talk about.

In the opening Kovalev outlanded Ward who did more clinching than fighting.

'It wasn't like he was hurt to the point where you had to stop the fight. Ward hopes he made his case this time. Oleksandr Usyk has the top reputation. It's possible. Is it financially worth the risk to get a win over Usyk? In that fight Ward came back from a second round knockdown to win a decision by one point on all three ringside scorecards. I have to see if it makes sense. He now is really high, his nose, and walking everywhere and don't see the people around him. This was a signature victory for a man whose aloof persona, long periods of inactivity and cerebral fighting style mean that he will never win any popularity contests. It has to do with his attributes and their attributes. You can listen to his podcast, "The Fight Club Chicago" here. Because that's what he's here for. I'm not playing, I'm serious. "I don't want to say my opinion, witnesses are here". "I see him outboxing Anthony Joshua, there are some things about Joshua that I see".

There's reportedly a sense that Ward vs lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson could be a go, despite rival network affiliations. There are plenty of other examples though.

Kovalev was the class of the light heavyweight division since he became champion in August 2013.

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Jones progressed from middleweight through to light heavyweight, before challenging for the WBA heavyweight title in March 2003.

Sergey has since deleted the video meme, but the backlash was swift from those who said that making it sound as if Ward - a devout Christian - dropped nonstop n-bombs was racist. To Ward he just resembles a bigger dragon.

Maybe Ward has become a skill set divorced from his weight class?

When pressed about the low blows, Ward stated, "God bless you man..." Ward may not literally be the second coming of the creator of the world, but he is most certainly something special.

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