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Here’s a look at the rematch – Andre Ward (31-0 / 15 by KO) vs. Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1 / 26 by KO) WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds – airing on HBO/PPV this Saturday, June 17, 2017 from Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Events Center, Las Vegas.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to dmboxing.com in 2008.
Sergey Kovalev faces Andre Ward in their second bout. For Kovalev, this represents revenge as he felt that he won their first fight and he certainly had a good case. Ward managed to win a close bout on the judges’ score card but in their first bout, Ward did not look like the Ward of old using his speed and defense to avoid getting hit while countering effectively. Whether this was due to his age, past injuries or the early power of Kovalev, Ward did not look like the fighter who dominated the Super Middleweight division against some of the elite fighters of that division.
The question will be if Ward can recapture some of his youth and show the defensive skills that allowed him to prosper in the Super Middleweight. Kovalev is a solid boxer with power go to with his sound techniques. Throughout the bout, his punches had more pop and this was self-evident over the first four rounds in which he sent Ward down for an eight count while taking a big lead on the cards. Starting in the third round, Ward simply turned the fight into a brawl and fought on the inside of the powerful Russian.
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*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 11, 2012
By Adam Pollack (GUEST POST) for dmboxing.com
As expected, in the semifinals, the fix was in once again in Marlen Esparza’s bout with the Chinese boxer. When Marlen was down 3-2 after the first round, a round in which the Chinese boxer did absolutely nothing but wait and step back and occasionally throw a counter that missed, and never came close to landing a punch, I knew then they were going to “do” Marlen. Afterwards, when asked if she should have been more aggressive and tried even harder, Marlen made a poignant, insightful, and accurate comment, whichwas that if she took more risks and threw more punches, they would have had her down by even more. And that is a sad but truthful commentary on amateur boxing, and also explains why these bouts have utterly lost their entertainment value. The more you try to be aggressive against these boxers who look to wait and jump back and only throw quick arm-punch counters, the more the international judges will have you losing. So Marlen tried to play their game as best she could, but nevertheless, she was an American, which meant that if it was close she was going to lose. You damn near have to kill your opponent to win in this tournament.
Claressa Shields did what she needed to do to get into the final, which was beat the living hell out of her opponent. She has blazing fast hands, plenty of pop on her punches, and I love the way she puts together her punches in bunches, firing fast and hard combinations. She works the body and head. I also like the way she does not allow her foes to clinch her much, for she really works that inside short right very well and makes them pay for trying to lay in on her. And as soon as she gets some room, she follows up with more blows.
Every three months on a quarterly basis dmboxing.com offers this feature – the current boxing champions in each weight division. They are shown in their respective recognized world title belt organization. Each champion’s professional ring record is listed in following format: win-losses-draws-no contest (knockout wins) and the date of winning their title.
*** As of May 12, 2017 ***