Sergey Kovalev (30-1) still believes he’s entered the New Year undefeated. In spite of the WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight titles being granted in favor of his nemesis Andre Ward (31-0) he believes he’s the worthy victor, and holds on to it with pride.
Andre Ward, on the other hand, disses Sergey Kovalev ‘s complaints. He feels the Russian pro boxer should accept defeat like a man. If he had lost it, he would have accepted it too, according to Ward.
“It was a unanimous decision. It was a close fight; I’ll give him that. I think what happened was this guy kind of has had such a reputation for being a monster that they thought he was going to hit me and I was going to stay down. He did hit me, and I went down and I got up. As the smaller man, I took the fight to him, and I feel like I did what I had to do to close out the show the last 6, 7, 8 rounds. The judges got it right…” Andre Ward said in a report by BoxingNews24.
However, Sergey Kovalev insists the most Andre Ward had won when they fought is 3 to 4 rounds. He knocked him down in the second round too, which makes it more convincing. He feels Ward’s victory has very little value in terms of being a real winner.
Sergey Kovalev would rather lose than win like Andre Ward
“Well, now you will see my career get a second breath, which should give me a boost. This is an invaluable experience. There were 3 titles, the 4th one we wanted and we were working on getting it… but better for this to happen now than later. If his happened to me later it would be worse, because it would happen at a point in time that is more important. It’s better to lose than to win like Andre Ward did,” Sergey Kovalev said, according to a report by BoxingScene.
Andre Ward worked his way back into the fight after being knocked down. Sergey Kovalev faded in the later rounds due to his in-fighting. The Russian blames his sluggish performance due to his approach in preparations.
“But really I overrated my opponent, and in preparing so much that it led to an unnatural fatigue. And now we can say with confidence that mistake will not be repeated. But it happened and we are looking at a loss and – and where and what we missed,” Sergey Kovalev added.
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