Sergey Kovalev will have his hands full in Andre Ward rematch

The California-native landed a massive right hand that stunned the Russian, and followed it up with a barrage to the body that forced Kovalev to his knees and referee Tony Weeks to stop the contest.

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Ward now moves on with his unbeaten record intact, building to 32 wins, no defeats, 16 knockouts, having retained his WBA, WBO, IBF Light Heavyweight titles. "I hurt him with a head shot and I just had to get the right shot in to finish him".

Referee Tony Weeks then stopped the fight with 31 seconds in the eighth with Kovalev, 34, kneeling down.

One judge had Kovalev up by four rounds, while the two others had Ward up by a round each.

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"I couldn't believe it, I could win", Kovalev said.

"It wasn't like he was hurt to the point where you had to stop the fight".

There were several close rounds, and going into the eighth round, Ward led 67-66 on two scorecards and Kovalev, 34, who is from Russian Federation and fights out of Los Angeles, was up 68-65 on the third.

According to CompuBox, Ward outlanded Kovalev 80-74 in total punches over that span while landing 39 percent of his punches.

It had been a competitive fight until the eighth round, when Ward landed a ferocious right hand on the chin and Kovalev turned jelly-legged.

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Toward the beginning part of the fight, it looked like Kovalev figured out the mistakes he made in the first fight by going to the body and being the aggressor. "I respect them, but you got to find the right opponent and the right situation". Both went into the fight with an otherworldly amount of hype but with many criticizing both for being untested by boxers of a similar skill ceiling. He knocked Ward down in the first light heavyweight title match in November, and now he wants to knock him out.

Many did think Kovalev won, however. "I had a couple of missions in mind when I came to Las Vegas-to glorify God with my performance and the way I act outside the ring, to defend my belts that I won back in November, and to get home and kiss my wife and kids", he said.

Just seven months after receiving a gift-wrapped decision in their first fight, Ward shocked everybody by knocking out the knockout artist as he staggered the Russian with a ideal right cross before finishing him to the body. Kovalev started quickly, had Ward over in the second round and looked to have the measure of the night. "It is insane. I want another fight with him". "Not every round, but I thought I was doing very good. I'm not into taking two (punches) to get one".

"I don't know. I can't explain it", Kovalev said about the end of the fight. "I always do well against bigger fighters".

He added: 'If there's question marks after this, that ain't got nothing to do with me'. I didn't feel that hurt.

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But on Saturday night, Ward was actually a better fighter that he had even been before - and even before, he was pretty good. I'm not going to throw him under the bus even though they did a lot of different things. Kovalev, a former champion, will receive a percentage of the pay-per-view TV revenue, likely far less than what Ward received. "Now what he needs to do is be more aggressive and effective in the second half of the fight the way he did in the first half of the fight".

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