By Rich Cheney: Kathy Duva, the promoter for former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, says she’s going to appeal the controversial 8th round TKO loss to Andre “SOG” Ward last Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Duva will specifically be appealing the three low blows that Kovalev was hit with by Ward that preceded the fight being stopped by referee Tony Weeks. The referee didn’t see the low blows, and he obviously felt they were thrown to the body of Kovalev.
“He got hit with three low blows. We asked the commission for an instant replay and the commission refused. We will appeal to the commission on Monday.”
Duva’s appeal might not go anywhere, as the camera angle was bad in the final moments of the fight, and referee Tony Weeks was partially blocking the view. It appeared to be 3 low blows that Ward threw in the 8th round that led to Tony Weeks stopping the contest, but whether the camera view is a clear enough one to see the action is the big question.
Ward is going to be moving on to another opponent. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is not going to be able to force him to fight Kovalev again no what conclusion they come up with. They can order a second fight, but Ward doesn’t have to do it. He can give up his belts and move on, which I what he’ll likely do.
“No disrespect to Stevenson but I haven’t even been thinking of him. I have to see if it makes sense. I’m not ruling it out,” said Ward.