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Ward vs. Kovalev: Was this the great white hope re-mix?

December 7, 2016

by Malaika Kambon

This fight, Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev, felt like the Jack Johnson vs. James J. Jeffries fight of July 4, 1910, between world heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson and undefeated, coming out of retirement heavyweight contender, James J. Jeffries.

The fighters were unusually hostile at the weigh-in Nov. 18. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

The fighters were unusually intense at the weigh-in Nov. 18. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Both fights were billed as the “Fight of the Century.” Both occurred during a time of hostility and escalating racial tensions between Afrikan people and people of European descent – and in a U.S. known for its Jim Crow laws and the rise of the KKK.

While one featured a boxing champion, Jeffries, who had to be lured out of retirement with $120,000, an almost unheard of sum in 1910 – equivalent to nearly $3 million in 2016 – the other featured a boxing champion who declared himself The Krusher and attempted all manner of questionable tactics in an effort to retain boxing titles which, ultimately, he was not qualified to claim.

Both Jack Johnson and Andre Ward faced adversities that were designed to topple them from their positions of strength as undefeated boxing champions.

Four titles were on the line between the two fights, Jack Johnson’s World Heavyweight title, and Sergey Kovalev’s WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight titles.

Both fights occurred in an atmosphere of gambling casinos, as both fights were a major gambling investment. Both fights occurred in the same state, though 106 years apart and with different geographical locations: The Johnson vs. Jeffries battle occurred in a specially built stadium in Reno, Nevada, while the Ward vs. Kovalev fight occurred in Nevada’s new T-Mobile Stadium in Las Vegas.

The intensity of the Ward-Kovalev weigh-in and stare-down was so palpable that the fighters had to be separated. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

The intensity of the Ward-Kovalev weigh-in and stare-down was so palpable that the fighters had to be separated. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Both Jeffries and Kovalev thought that they could rush in, overpower their respective opponents and knock them out within the first few rounds, as though they were somehow entitled to do so. Both men were wrong, and their attitudes ultimately cost them the fight and their prominence in history.

Unlike the Johnson vs. Jeffries fight, Ward was a slight favorite over Kovalev (in the U.S.) while Jeffries was his country’s “Great White Hope,” in a national frenzy whipped up by the media stating that by virtue of his race, he was entitled to beat an Afrikan champion, no matter what.

Was Jeffries entitled by virtue of race to beat Jack Johnson? No. Was Sergey Kovalev entitled, by virtue of his race to beat Andre Ward? No. It seemed, however, that some of his supporters thought so, judging by the invective and racial epithets this reporter heard from my seat in the 17th row press box.

There are other similarities between the two fights.

The attendance figures were nearly the same. The Johnson vs. Jeffries fight occurred on July 4, 1910, before a standing room only audience of 20,000, while the Ward vs. Kovalev fight occurred on Nov. 19, 2016 – 106 years, 4 months and 15 days later – to a nearly full house of 13,310.

This is indeed poetic justice, because this is where the similarities between these two fights end.

In 1910, the fight of the century was sponsored by those who wanted to see Jack Johnson defeated and offered James J. Jeffries $120,000 to lure him out of retirement, after badgering the undefeated champion for months. Jack Johnson won a purse of $65,000 and the title of undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, after defeating Jeffries so convincingly that his corner threw in the towel. All critics were silenced.

“The Heavy Hitting Diva” and eight-time national champion Franchon Crews (left) faced two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, both in their professional debuts. The bout is the second in history to grace a ROC Nation fight card. The historic first time, Raquel Miller (2-0, 1 KO) defeated Sara Flores (0-1) on the Ward vs. Brand undercard. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

“The Heavy Hitting Diva” and eight-time national champion Franchon Crews (left) faced two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, both in their professional debuts. The bout is the second in history to grace a ROC Nation fight card. The historic first time, Raquel Miller (2-0, 1 KO) defeated Sara Flores (0-1) on the Ward vs. Brand undercard. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

The 12-round Ward vs. Kovalev “mega fight” for the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight title was presented by Main Events, ROC Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions, and Andre Ward Promotions and sponsored by the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Corona Extra, Zappos, JetLux and Monster Products; and it was produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

There was a first ever historic debate between two trainers, John David Jackson and Virgil Hunter.

For only the second time in history, ROC Nation featured the professional boxing debuts of two women, many times decorated Franchon Crew and two-time Olympic gold medalist Clarissa Shields. The first time ever featured Raquel Miller vs. Sara Flores. Ms. Miller (2-0, 1 TKO) won her bout, as did Ms. Shields (1-0).

Andre “Son of God” Ward – now 31-0, 15 KOs – is the new WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight champion after winning a unanimous decision, 114-113, from three judges over Sergey Kovalev, who is now 30-1-1, 26 KOs. The day’s earnings were $5 million and $1 million respectively.

Jack Johnson retained his world heavyweight title and earned $65,000, which is equivalent to $1.6 million in 2016. Interestingly, in 1910, Johnson’s challenger was paid more and lost. In 2016, Ward’s opponent lost but earned $1 million, over a half million dollars less than Johnson’s $1.6 million winnings over 106 years ago. However, Mr. Ward was the challenger in 2016, and he ultimately earned more than the former champion.

Go figure.

Heavy hitters on hand for “the fight of the century” are, from left, retired Nevada State Boxing Commissioner and center referee Joe Cortez, the Washington, D.C., boxing commissioner, The Countiss and Fightlady Promotions owner Wanda Countiss, and master portrait artist and Electronic Urban Report (EURweb.com) journalist Mohammed Mubarak. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Heavy hitters on hand for “the fight of the century” are, from left, retired Nevada State Boxing Commissioner and center referee Joe Cortez, the Washington, D.C., boxing commissioner, The Countiss and Fightlady Promotions owner Wanda Countiss, and master portrait artist and Electronic Urban Report (EURweb.com) journalist Mohammed Mubarak. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

James J. Jeffries, undefeated, came into the fight with Jack Johnson and was knocked down twice. His corner had the sense to throw in the towel after the 15th round so that Jeffries wouldn’t have a knockout on his record. Jeffries’ comments after the fight were humble and showed that he knew he’d been beaten by a better man, as he said, “I could never have whipped Johnson at my best. I couldn’t have hit him. No, I couldn’t have reached him in 1,000 years.”

Johnson’s critics could no longer belittle him for a so-called “fake” win over Tommy Burns’ and his “empty” title, because Jeffries, though retired, was the undefeated heavyweight champion, and Burns was not. Champion prize fighter John L. Sullivan commented:

“The fight of the century is over and a Black man is the undisputed champion of the world. It was a poor fight as fights go, this less than 15-round affair between James J. Jeffries and Jack Johnson. Scarcely has there ever been a championship contest that was so one-sided. All of Jeffries much-vaunted condition amounted to nothing. He wasn’t in it from the first bell tap to the last …

“The negro had few friends, but there was little demonstration against him. (Spectators) could not help but admire Johnson because he is the type of prizefighter that is admired by sportsmen. He played fairly at all times and fought fairly. … What a crafty, powerful, cunning left hand (Johnson) has. He is one of the craftiest, cunningest boxers that ever stepped into the ring. …

“They both fought closely all during the 15 rounds. It was just the sort of fight that Jeffries wanted. There was no running or ducking like Corbett did with me in New Orleans (1892). Jeffries did not miss so many blows, because he hardly started any. Johnson was on top of him all the time. …

“(Johnson) didn’t get gay at all with Jeffries in the beginning, and it was always the white man who clinched, but Johnson was very careful, and he backed away and took no chances, and was good-natured with it all … The best man won, and I was one of the first to congratulate him, and also one of the first to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the beaten man.”

Utilizing a masterful display of body shots and punishing jabs, Andre SOG Ward defeated Sergey The Krusher Kovalev. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Utilizing a masterful display of body shots and punishing jabs, Andre SOG Ward defeated Sergey The Krusher Kovalev. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Such is not the case with the Ward vs. Kovalev fight. Amid allegations by Kovalev, his team and Russian spectators that he was “robbed” of his title belts by “corrupt” U.S. judges, neither Sergey Kovalev nor the spectators of Russian descent were gracious about their champion’s loss.

This reporter was stationed on the 17th row of the T-Mobile Stadium amid Russian supporters who ridiculed Andre Ward and his fighting name, S.O.G. (Son of God), with frightening clarity in two languages and utilized invective and the N word. While some of this was also coming from U.S. spectators, who in this era of heightened racism, exacerbated by the recent U.S. political election outcomes, feel empowered to be bold about their beliefs, the Russian spectators were hostile in ways that were distinctly like a mob. All that was missing were hoods and a rope.

Not to be outdone, there were members of the U.S. media and of the crowd with distinctly anti-Ward and pro-Trump sympathies, which were voiced. Loudly. As one of only two Afrikan reporters in the press row, which was not cordoned off from the crowd, the hostility was palpable; a literal mob of Russians on my right, pro-Trump sympathizers – press and spectators) on my left – and an assortment of both behind the press section.

Thankfully, though I felt surrounded by heightened racial aggression and profiling, the majority of fans at the T-Mobile were supportive of Andre S.O.G. Ward, roaring “S.O.G., S.O.G.” repeatedly.

And Andre Ward’s post-fight press conference was gracious, yet firm, speakers stating that Ward indeed won this fight and giving cogent logical reasons for their analysis.

Ward showed superb inside fighting skills by tactically outfighing Kovalev and making him miss often. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Ward showed superb inside fighting skills by tactically outfighing Kovalev and making him miss often. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Yet, the over the top Russian aggression and mob mentality in response to Mr. Ward’s victory and to his fan support was easier to comprehend once an analysis of Sergey Kovalev’s fighting style was made.

Kovalev was aggressive, but ineffectively so. He had no sound boxing skills with which to combat a fiercely determined warrior who has a reputation for being a masterful inside fighter.

Kovalev’s response to this, once it became clear that he was not going to knock Ward out, despite a second round three-second knockdown, was to employ the questionable tactics of holding, grappling, wrestling and utilizing the ropes to lean into and tie up his opponent. At one point he even lifted his right leg as though he were going to climb right up his opponent’s body!

I don’t know where Kovalev learned his boxing skills, but these are not the tactics of a champion technician of the sport. These are the tactics of a backroom bully or a marginally skilled street fighter who is used to using his weight to overpower those with a less strong will.

Contrary to Kovalev’s protestations, he did not control the fight at any point – not with boxing skills at any rate. I viewed frame after frame of still photographs that showed just what kind of techniques he used. He began running out of gas in about the fifth round, which only intensified the grappling.

Kovalev’s inability to outbox Andre Ward showed in his use of illegal headlocks, wrestling tactics and tying up Ward’s arms by holding the ropes. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Kovalev’s inability to outbox Andre Ward showed in his use of illegal headlocks, wrestling tactics and tying up Ward’s arms by holding the ropes. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

And curiously, every time Mr. Ward won a round, which in this reporter’s estimation, was often, the Russian mob behind me screamed: “Yeah, you got that one. Enjoy it; it is the only one you’ll get.”

They said this repeatedly, which means that they knew their champion was losing – and losing rapidly.

Kovalev had no viable counterattack that stopped Andre Ward’s punishing body shots. Kovalev had no viable counter for the fact that he could not fight an inside fighter. Kovalev had no viable counter for the fact that Andre Ward continually out-maneuvered him on the inside, which was the only way his gutter street bully tactics could be employed.

Note that I said “employed.” I did not say that they worked. Because Mr. Ward constantly refused to be bullied. Like his predecessor, Jack Johnson, Andre Ward has a crafty, cunning style and a beyond lightning fast left hand. This I believe, had Sergey Kovalev intimidated from the beginning.

Mr. Ward’s fighting style of constant movement – which Mr. Kovalev deemed as “running from him” – coupled with multiple clean shots to the body and left jabs from the outside and the inside, was focused and planned. His mind was on winning the fight and three title belts.

Where was Sergey “The Russian Wrecking Ball” Kovalev’s mind?

Andre Ward (31-0, 26 KOs) is the new International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight champion of the world! – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Andre Ward (31-0, 26 KOs) is the new International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight champion of the world! – Photo: Malaika Kambon

As many may recall, Andre Ward’s dominant left hand skill was paramount in his victory over Carl Froch in New Jersey, though his hand was multiply fractured at the time. And it is no secret that Mr. Ward is a masterful inside fighter, can use both hands effectively, has excellent ring generalship and balance, and is very fast. That being said, why would any promoter of a challenger or champion send an opponent fighter into battle who had not trained to counter those skills?

It is my estimation that the fight was scored closely because it would take skilled judges to recognize the offensive maneuvers being employed by Andre Ward to defeat an alleged boxing champion who had crossed oceans to grapple and wrestle in a boxing ring. However, it is also my estimation that both the judges and the center referee were lenient in their scoring of Mr. Kovalev when his wrestling tactics are factored into the equation and remiss in their responsibilities for not stopping them.

I would not have been. Ward stayed out of range of Kovalev’s one asset – a power punching right hand – despite the short chopping right that put him momentarily on the canvas in the second round. Ward has footwork; Kovalev does not. In fact, according to Kovalev’s trainer, Mr. John David Jackson, Sergey Kovalev doesn’t use his feet much because he doesn’t need to.

Obviously, this is a tactical decision that needs re-assessment. But most of all, Andre Ward knows what he has inside himself. He repeatedly shows the indomitable will and intelligence of a Jack Johnson and a Muhammad Ali to utilize multiple game plans in a boxing ring because he is just that skilled.

That is why this fight reminds me so of the century ago showdown between Jack Johnson and James J. Jeffries.

Sergey Kovalev’s team – Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, Kovalev’s manager Egis Klimas, Sergey Kovalev and trainer John David Johnson – came to the post-fight press conference demanding an immediate rematch claiming Kovalev loss was “robbery” due to favoritism and poor U.S. judging. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Sergey Kovalev’s team – Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, Kovalev’s manager Egis Klimas, Sergey Kovalev and trainer John David Johnson – came to the post-fight press conference demanding an immediate rematch claiming Kovalev loss was “robbery” due to favoritism and poor U.S. judging. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

From 2003 to 2016, these are the observations that have repeatedly manifested themselves in Mr. Ward’s rise to the top of two divisions to claim Olympic Gold in 2004, the WBA super middleweight and light heavyweight titles respectively from 2009 to the present, the IBF and WBO titles in 2016, and the singular distinction of having not lost a boxing match since his 12th birth year.

If that doesn’t make him one of the best, if not the best, pound for pound boxing champion in the world, then someone please explain what the qualifications are, because it’s got to be classified information and one of the world’s best kept secrets.

This fight was Andre Ward’s fight from the gate because he’d gotten inside Sergey Kovalev’s mind to such an extent that Kovalev felt a need to employ questionable tactics in order to achieve a win.

That, in my books, doesn’t get Sergey Kovalev any rounds. He is no one’s great white hope. His incessant reliance on grappling isn’t indicative of boxing skill. He lost fairly, and he lost the first time he put Andre Ward into a headlock to avoid the power of Ward’s left hand on the inside.

And for those haters who declare Ward “lost” this fight because Sergey Kovalev managed to get a glove on him in the second round, review the film. Notice that every time Kovalev wanted to throw a punch, he first employed a grappling move designed to position Ward to be hit.

A victorious Andre Ward holds his son Micah, aka “Champ,” who shows the world his dad is number 1! – Photo: Malaika Kambon

A victorious Andre Ward holds his son Micah, aka “Champ,” who shows the world his dad is number 1! – Photo: Malaika Kambon

That being said, note that CompuBox figures show that Andre Ward threw and landed 27.3 percent of punches thrown in rounds 1-6 and improved on that percentage in rounds 7-12, landing 38.8 percent of punches thrown. Sergey Kovalev, on the other hand, landed a total of 26 percent of punches thrown in the entire fight and only 31.5 percent of punches thrown in his previous five fights! Go to CompuBox Punch Stats to see more punch stats.

Better yet, find your favorite You Tube rendition of the full fight. Notice the round in which Kovalev head butted his way into Ward’s chest in a move calculated to throw Ward off balance. Note as well the many times Kovalev utilized arm locks, head locks and backing his opponent into the ropes, where he felt he could hold on to the ropes and tie up Andre Ward’s hands to avoid getting hit and to maybe position Ward for headshots. Note the time Kovalev attempted to climb up Ward’s body with his right leg.

Then note the fact that Andre Ward was throwing clean body shots throughout the fight. Note the times when Kovalev, accustomed to Ward going low, got badly fooled when Ward went high, then went high to low.

And note the fifth round when Kovalev noticeably began running out of gas.

It is this reporter’s contention that Sergey Kovalev cannot really box, except to throw power right hands when his opponent is intimidated. This time, he was the one intimidated, from the weigh-in through the second round split second knockdown of Ward, who got up smiling, through the remainder of the fight as he realized that Mr. Ward was not going to be knocked out.

Andre Ward team attorney Josh Dubin holding Ward’s WBO title belt, ROC Nation president Michael Yormark holding Micah, trainer Virgil Hunter holding the WBA title belt and manager James Prince holding the IBF belt. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

Andre Ward team attorney Josh Dubin holding Ward’s WBO title belt, ROC Nation president Michael Yormark, Andre Ward holding Micah, trainer Virgil Hunter holding the WBA title belt and manager James Prince holding the IBF belt. – Photo: Malaika Kambon

In this fight, none of his tactics worked, and had this fight been a 15 to 20 round fight, such as the Jack Johnson vs. James Jeffries match, where grappling and Big Time Wrestling moves were not allowed, Kovalev would have found himself kissing the canvas in two. Maybe even one.

So haters, buy yourselves a Coke and a pretty smile and sit yourselves down in a corner somewhere and be silent.

And if Mr. Andre S.O.G. Ward should grant you, Sergey Kovalev, a re-match, consider yourself privileged and go somewhere and learn how to box before you return to a fighting ring – unless, of course, you plan to take up wrestling on some other distant shore than this one.

Congratulations, Andre Ward, for coming out on top of another brutal but winning match like a champion.

Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali sat up and smiled.

Malaika H Kambon is a freelance, multi-award winning photojournalist and owner of People’s Eye Photography. She is also an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) state and national champion in Tae Kwon Do from 2007-2012. She can be reached at kambonrb@pacbell.net.

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35 thoughts on “Ward vs. Kovalev: Was this the great white hope re-mix?

    1. serious2020

      Thank you bcs! After reading the rest of these comments, you're a bright light in an ocean of idiots! I always write from an historical perspective and Mr. Ward is doing some truly amazing things in the world of boxing. And after looking at so many still shots of Mr. Kovalev's holding, grappling, head locks and other unprofessional boxing behavior, I am so glad that I grew up watching boxing greats! People tend to think that inside fighting is a lost art, but it isn't. Mr. Virgil Hunter, Andre Ward's trainer, made several interesting points about this fight, before – in the Trainer's debate – and afterwards in the post fight press conference. Andre Ward is an accomplished technical fighter, with excellent balance, ring generalship, and the ability to get up off the canvas and smile at Kovalev after Kovalev took his best shot, and nothing came of it. That had to have psyched Kovalev out even more than he already was. Ward was inside Kovalev's head and inside Kovalev's non existent defenses. The judges unanimously saw clean body shots, jabs, and combinations. Kovalev lost, and is now talking about in a re-match he will kick Andre Ward's a**. I'm sure that Mr. Ward would welcome the challenge.

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      1. bcs

        Hello Malaika. Perhaps you ought to re-read my comment, with emphasis.

        “I loved your AfriKKKan perspective”

        Get it now?

        I personally am quite sad at the outcome of the fight, because Kovalev won it, and won it clearly. The only loser here is boxing as a whole, which got a black eye at the verdict. Not only that, but Ward being given the nod in a fight that he lost has led to a backlash by the millions of fans who watched the fight and saw the real winner. It wasn’t him. This level of judging is abysmal, especially when there’s multiple world titles at stake.

        There are people going round calling him “SOB” and a skill-less fighter and all sorts of other things that aren’t true. Ward IS a great fighter, with a huge heart and a way to hang in there even when at the moment he is getting worked over. He is creative and has a great sense of timing.

        Unfortunately he did lose. Kovalev shoe-shined him with his jab on the outside, landed more, and harder punches and also did some effective work on the inside. Compubox is deceptive. Try counting landed punches yourself and you will see Kovalev landed even more than Compubox gave him credit for. Ward came roaring back in the mid-rounds – to his great credit – but it wasn’t enough. I had Sergey winning 7-5 plus the KD.

        I appreciate that you have strong feelings towards what you perceive to be your fellow ethnic fighter in Ward, but the guys in the comments are right: he is half white. Sorry.

        You have good writing skills and a passion for what you write about: I wish you luck (and a clearer view) in future. ;)

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  1. Pynchon

    What a disgusting article.

    Black people are truly racist and disgusting with their racist. Sorry the pound for pound list is essentially white boxers, and sorry that Kovalev easily beat Ward,

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  2. No Dice

    This article is coming from the Bay area, home of Ward, that being said is bias and racist. Why in the hell would anyone publish such crap? Are you trying to stir up tension? I am a HUGE boxing fan and have boxed in my younger years, this was one of the biggest ROBBERIES that I have seen , since Bradley vs Pacman.
    I do not believe that the judges were racist at all, If ward was white, green , yellow or pink they would have gave him the fight as long as he didn`t get KO`d. The powers that be wanted the USA gold medalist to be unbeaten. HBO has been on Wards nuts from day one. Even when Ward didn`t fight for years, he was still considered to be a top fighter by HBO , spoon fed and groomed to be where he is now. Very sad to see this happen.

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    1. serious2020

      Hey No Dice! I was in Las Vegas watching the fight. Were you? I would have said the same thing had I been in Russia. In essence, Kovalev cannot handle an inside fighter. His own trainer said (in a public interview, I might add) that he doesn't move his legs. Kovalev lost three belts because he came into the match thinking he could intimidate Andre Ward and it didn't happen. Robbery? Nope. Andre Ward was not KO'd because Kovalev didn't have the ability to do so. HBO on Ward's nuts??? Dude! Wash your mouth out with a wire brush! People who make silly nonsensical comments such as this should put on a pair of gloves and get into a boxing ring for 2 minutes. If you survive the experience, you'd sit down and shut up. Especially when you do not know what you're talking about.

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      1. No Dice

        ANDRE WARD SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING RETIREMENT: "I DON'T HAVE TO FIGHT ANYMORE…IT MAY BE TIME TO WALK AWAY" yeah serious2020 some great champ he is!

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  3. bozini

    Ridiculous article. You forgot to mention that Ward is "white" also. Oh that's right — can't claim his whiteness because he is "black". He's biracial — accept it. This was a dumb racist article anyway

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    1. serious2020

      Yo bozini! Andre Ward isn't hardly white! And is that the best response you can come up with? It is actually comical when haters have nothing intelligent to say so they just flap their lips to hear the wind blow…Talk about no active brain cells! Tell you what…Make an attempt to broaden your mind, bozini Buy yourself a beer. Hell, buy two beers, and knock yourself out! (Double entendre and pun seriously intended!)

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      1. No Dice

        Andre was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Frank Ward, an Irish American, and Madeline Arvie Taylor, an African American.

        He is half. get your facts straight writer.

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  4. No Dice

    ******This fight was Andre Ward’s fight from the gate because he’d gotten inside Sergey Kovalev’s mind to such an extent that Kovalev felt a need to employ questionable tactics in order to achieve a win.*****

    From a boxing stand point, this statement is total BS!!!!! Did Wards mother write this??? HAHAHAHAHAHA

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  5. serious2020

    No Dice again! Truly no dice for you. I hope you don't ever play poker. You're much too emotional. And you're such a braggart for a non intelligent cuss! You idiot! Haven't you noticed that Andre Ward is totally focused? Most intelligent people – obviously this doesn't apply to you – know that Andre Ward is an inside fighter. Stevie Wonder could see that. Sergey Kovalev isn't an inside fighter. Stevie could see that too. Which makes me wonder where your mind is —–Oh, excuse me, you haven't a mind, so you missed a very important point. And that is that Andre Ward is an INSIDE FIGHTER! He was inside Kovalev's guard all night. Which is where he was supposed to be, given that Kovalev has a reptuation for intimidating fighters and then knocking them out! Get out your crayolas, Mr. (or Ms?) No Dice and figure this out carefully – take your time and use really small computations: Kovalev's reach was longer than Andre Ward's. That being the case, Kovalev SHOULD have been focusing on how to keep Andre Ward within punching range since he bragged so about being – ahem – The Krusher! But he crushed NOTHING on November 19th, except his non-existent boxing ability. So he tried to compensate by utilizing head locks, arm locks, holding onto the ropes, leaning on Ward's neck…he brought his Big Time Wrestling game! Didn't know they had that ancient, fake wrestling show in Russia. He didn't move his feet. He kept trying to set up the knock out shot and it didn't work. He took clean body shots and jabs to the face as though he couldn't see them coming. If THAT'S the case, then he's definitely in the wrong career. Kovalev lost. It's NO DICE and Kovalev complaining!

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      1. No Dice

        Oakland, California's incomparable Andre 'SOG' Ward in his meteoric rise to becoming the best pound for pound super middleweight boxing champion in the world. He is the 2004 Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. and the 2011 Boxer of the Year, an honor awarded him unanimously by Ring magazine, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and NorCal. He is also the winner of the 2011 SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Championship and is undefeated as WBA and WBC champion. His professional boxing record is 27-0. His winning streak has spanned 17 years! I found the nerve!!!!!!!

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        1. No Dice

          Yeah you should have taken up boxing when you were a little girl watching Ali, maybe someone would have knocked some boxing knowledge into you. Just face it, you were and are rooting for the hometown boy, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. YOU LET YOUR FEELINGS control your actions and writing on this. AND can not take ANY criticism……………

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  6. No Dice

    serious2020- Obviously you are a you are a stand up human being. I was just posting my opinion, YES MUTHAFUCKER MY OPINION. So with that being said , insulting me about the way I saw it is truly showing that —-
    1- You are on Andres Wards nuts.
    2- You are bias on how you saw the fight
    3- I touched a nerve , and you know I`m right
    4-You fed in to the great Ward hype, about how "great" a fighter he is.
    5-You think you are an internet tuff guy
    and on and on and on.

    I will give you this serious2020, your insulting rant about me was very well written, but on the other hand it shows what kind of person you really are.
    I hope you have a Blessed day.

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  7. Kumba

    The writer of this article is truly a racist individual. to hide behind another screen name to insult others is really a bitch move. peace "mic drop"

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  8. Tyrone Biggins

    Wow, what a load of shit! This should be deleted from online access. I agree with the rest of the people leaving comments, you are a coward and a racist, I skimmed threw your other postings. People like you make our race the problem and not the solution. You should truly think deep and hard before you publish ANYTHING .
    Wonder if I will get slandered ?!?!?!?!

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  9. Amy L.

    Being a writer myself, I have learned to deal with feedback, and not let it get the best of me. It has taken many years for me to get to the point that I am now, but I am glad it did it. The best of luck to you . Also I did watch the fight in Vegas, and it was clear as day that Kovalev had won the fight. I interviewed several people who are heavy hitters in the boxing community right after the fight, 98 percent of them were in complete shock when the final scores were called. Hopefully the re-match will not be so controversial, and it is a clear and decisive win for either man.

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    1. serious2020

      Again – Kovalev lost this fight. He's also a seriously conflicted fighter, in that he doesn't seem to know enough to train to fight an inside fighter in any way except to utilize his Big Time Wrestling Moves. Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. Me included. Heavy hitters or not. Have a nice day Amy L!

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  10. serious2020

    really serious 2020 – It was such a horrible read to you that you read it! But all of that aside, Andre Ward is still the light heavyweight champion of the world. And it just fascinates me to no end that so many trolls are coming out of the walls to rant. You have a nice day, too!

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