I went into Ward-Kovalev thinking that Andre Ward would completely outbox Sergey Kovalev but I was wrong. I truly wish the rest of the boxing media would admit that they were wrong as well. Instead, they will hold onto their home cooked decision as (false) proof that they were right and their man Andre Ward won. Unlike other boxing media, I just want the right man to win and the truth to be told. The absolute truth is Andre Ward did not beat the champ, and you have to beat the champ to dethrone him. Hell, Ward himself thought he lost.
Was the fight a robbery? Maybe not a robbery, there have been far worse decisions in boxings history. However, I would go as far to call it a tragic injustice. You may forget, this wasn’t an exhibition or even just a championship fight. This fight was supposed to tell us who is the best pound for pound fighter in the world and we got back incorrect results.
Was it a close fight, sure I admit it was a good fight but Kovalev was the clear winner. Every swing round had to be given to Ward (and it was) to be able to eek out a 114-113 score card. If that doesn’t say home cooking I don’t know what does. To make matters worse, Referee Robert Byrd allowed excessive holding. When he was questioned about it on Twitter he replied-
“If the judges didn’t screw up u would never have mentioned the Referee I did my best”
So even the referee admits he saw Kovalev win the fight. Look at these scorecards, Judge Burt Clements had the nerve to give Ward rounds 5 through 11. While the other two judges weren’t much better. Not to mention the severely biased commentary from Roy Jones and Max Kellerman. Overall, it seemed the network (HBO) wanted Ward to win and tried to make their case for Ward before the fight was even over.
I’m not going to beat a dead horse, so here is my final thoughts. Yes, Ward did show true heart by getting off the canvas and fighting his way back but he didn’t win the entire last half of the fight, no way. Here is to hoping the rematch is swift and it is a little better scored by the judges.