Kovalev keeps up the trash talk, says “25 year old girl slaps harder than Andre Ward punches”

May 31, 2017


 AP File photo: Nov 19, 2016; Andre Ward (dark blue) and Sergey Kovalev (royal blue) box during their WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Ward won via unanimous decision. Joe Camporeale/Cal Sport Media (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

 By Jeremy Harness

 Less than a month before he attempts to regain the championship that he lost to Andre Ward in November, Sergey Kovalev has continued to do what he does best outside the ring: trash talking.

Kovalev and Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) are set to square off at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas June 17, and he made it clear during a Wednesday media session that he does not think that Ward deserved the unanimous decision that he won over him.

 The win gave Ward the IBF, WBA and the WBO world light heavyweight titles, and he expressed little concern that he will regain those titles.

 “I want to punish Andre Ward, because he doesn’t deserve the money, the belts and the status as a champion,” Kovalev told Boxing News. “He’s not a champion to me.

 “I don’t respect this guy. He’s nothing to me.”

 The three judges gave Ward, an Oakland native, the victory by scores of 114-113, 114-113 and 114-113, with Ward getting the nod in most of the rounds in the second half of the fight. The fight was described as more of a wrestling match, with Ward using his overall skill and savvy to get the edge on Kovalev.

 Nonetheless, it went down as a win for Ward, and it moved him closer in the rankings for the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game. He is currently second in a number of those rankings, only behind middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin, who is set to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September.

 “He knows he didn’t win the fight,” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s) told Boxing News. “He’s trying to get the people to believe that he got the victory and fair. He didn’t win fair. In my hometown, a 25-year-old girl slapped me much harder than Andre ward punched me in the fight.”

 Meanwhile, Adonis Stevenson, whom Kovalev recently called “Adonis Chicken-son,” has said that he wants to fight the winner of the Ward-Kovalev rematch.

 Stevenson, the reigning WBC light heavyweight champ, will fight Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KO’s) in their rematch this Saturday night at Montreal’s Bell Centre. He has held that title for four years after knocking own Chad Dawson in an upset in 2013.



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