By Rich Cheney: Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev is filing a protest with the Nevada State Athletic Commission over his 8th round knockout loss to light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward from their fight last month on June 17.
Kovalev wants the fight results to be changed to a no contest.
It’s unclear whether the Nevada Commission will overturn the results of the Ward-Kovalev 2 fight. There wasn’t a replay asked for by referee Tony Weeks. He felt that he’d seen the action clearly. Ward is moving on with his career. He’s already talking about wanting to move up to cruiserweight to fight Tony Bellew for his WBC Emeritus strap.
Ward also could be soon facing Anthony Joshua for his heavyweight titles. The Nevada Commission’s ruling on the protest by Kovalev probably won’t change the perceptions of a lot of boxing fans. Many of them felt that Kovalev would have lost the fight even if he wasn’t hit by low blows, as he was hurt previous to that by a right hand from Ward.
Ward appeared to hit Kovalev with several low blows in the 8th. While Kovalev was stooped over from the effects of the shots, referee Tony Weeks stopped the contest and gave Ward a knockout victory. The stoppage was so strange that the boxing fans didn’t cheer in large numbers. They were stunned, as many viewers at home obviously were about what was happening. It looked to many that Ward had hit Kovalev with 3 low blows, and instead of the Russian fighter being given a break to recover, he was ruled to be knocked out.