2017 BOXING fight – Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev 2 – full fight Video WBA, IBF, WBO

3 Star RatingReview by AllTheBestFights.com: 2017-06-17, disappointing finish but the rest of the fight was pretty good: Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev 2 gets three stars.

The undefeated 2004 Olympic light-Hw gold medalist and world champion in two different weight classes Andre Ward entered this fight with a perfect boxing record of 31-0-0 (15 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.1 light heavyweight in the world. “SOG” Ward fought three times last year winning over Sullivan Barrera (=Ward vs Barrera), Alexander Brand (=Ward vs Brand) and Sergey Kovalev in their first fight (but it was a controversial decision, Kovalev vs Ward I).
His opponent, the former WBA, IBF and WBO light-Hw champion Sergey Kovalev, has an official record of 30-1-1 (26 KOs=87%) and he entered as the No.2 in the same weight class. Before losing to Andre Ward in his last bout, “Krusher” Kovalev fought twice in 2016 beating Jean Pascal (=Kovalev vs Pascal 2) and Isaac Chilemba (=Kovalev vs Chilemba). Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev 2 is valid for the WBA, IBF and WBO World light heavyweight titles (Ward’s first defense). Watch the video and rate this fight!



Date: 2017-06-17

Where: Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Division: light heavyweight (175 lbs, 79.4 kg)

Title: WBA, IBF and WBO World light heavyweight titles

Result: Click here to show the fight’s result
Andre Ward def. Sergey Kovalev (TKO, round 8)


Their previous fight: Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward I



Ward vs Kovalev 2 Fight Video:

(Free embeddable video hosted on Youtube and not uploaded by AllTheBestFights)

  • Chrono

    There were many low blows that Tony Weeks didn’t saw. Kovalev didn’t get the proper time to recover from them.

    • Arjay Cee

      Low blow after low blow, and Weeks blind as a bat.

  • 1messager

    An other controversial fight, i don’t know what to think the fight was great but the end still give me a bad taste like the other fight. The last punchs of ward was borderline low blow but kovalev was almost K.O too but that can happen it doesn’t mean kovalev would have lost and the round was almost over…really don’t know what to think i hate this feeling.

  • Olivier Veillette

    I watched the fight with two friends who are casual boxing fans. We were all shocked by the outcome and couldn’t believe Ward was awarded a KO victory after hitting below the waist so many times. And as soon as the decision was official, it’s like we should turn the page and forget all about it. “Ward is the best p4p”, “He won in spectacular fashion”, etc.. (Max Kellerman I hate you and I alwayys will). I was very disappointed by Weeks, ’cause I believed he was one of the best ref out there. Tonight he was awful.

    Fight was good and very close. I had Kovalev ahead by point when the fight was stopped. Ward landed a very hard right hand indeed and stunned Kovalev who was barely holding up. But after that, I think I counted 4 or 5 low blows. And after the fight, Kellerman underlined Ward great finishing skills… (Did I mention I hate Max Kellerman?). Sadly, Kovalev won’t get a rematch, Ward will move up in weight.

    • Arjay Cee

      Great analysis, Olivier, as usual.

      I picked Ward this time, thinking he’d improve on the first performance. I don’t like his style, too negative for me, but he makes adjustments that are more nuanced than most fighters can handle.

      So Sergei surprised me a little tonight by thwarting Ward’s inside game, and I had it even going into the final round. Both men looked to be tiring and slightly marked up. Maybe Kovalev was gassing. The low blow by Ward in the previous round was upsetting — the UK broadcast showed it on replay, a real nut-clanger — but Weeks hadn’t seen it. There would be much more Weeks didn’t “see,” or simply didn’t want to call.

      Ghastly outcome, and it has ruined what should have been one of the FOTY. This sleazy stoppage ranks with Floyd Mayweather’s KO of Victor Ortiz as one of the most shameful in the modern sport…but of course not to Max Kellerman! Kellerman bellowing his hosannas over Ward points to the desperation felt at HBO as it watches the boxing audience slip away. This will cost it more fans.

      • blackbird014

        About Kellerman: he is paid for that. It is a fact that without heavyweight champions in usa all the business has moved and everybody earns less.
        As i said i hope that Golovkin can fight a fair match. Would be nice to have his next fights in europe where his fan base is growing, he could make much more money and be sure to have a fair referee.

      • Olivier Veillette

        I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. I watched the UK broadcast (Paulie’s analysis are spot on most of the time) and they made it clear with the slow-motion replay. Kovalev was hit numerous times below the belt after that.

        Some will say “Kovalev got what he deserved” for threatening Ward in pre-fight interviews when he said he would end Ward’s career, just like some are saying about Flores who faked to be KOed in the previous fight of the night… “he got what he deserved for trying to steal the championship”. . But personally, I don’t care about Kovalev total lack of manners outside the ring. I recognize he often sounds like a sociopath, but inside the ring, his act has always remained very clean. Some people might say “if you get hit low, just retaliate with a low blow of your own”. I don’t agree with that kind of retaliation (just like what Mayweather did to Ortiz after that headbutt). It’s the referee’s job to punish fighters who hits with illegal punches. Sometimes, it seems to me that for some reason Ward is getting some kind of special treatment, just like Sugar Ray Leonard had from the judges and the ref most of the time (remember the “bolo-punch” south of the border and many other low blows against Hagler?).

        About the fight itself, I thought Ward was en route to a UD (legitimate this time!) as the tide was turning in his favor. I think Kovalev’s biggest mistake was to try to deny Ward’s clinches and to work him on the inside. Primo, this turned out to be a very exhausting tactic for Kovalev more than Ward, and secundo, Kovalev needs space to deploy his full power. In the first fight, I felt Kovalev was robbed and I was hoping he could get an early rounds KO victory.

    • Chrono

      Hearing Kellerman made me think that was another fight, they didn’t even mentioned the low blows with the tape repetition. Here in latinoamerica the journalist sent for this fight (Juan Larena from Combate Space) asked S.O.G. about the low blows and he clearly got pissed and dismissed the issue.

  • blackbird014

    well, i saw an impressive amount of low blows: I couldn’t believe it. But Kovalev has no back up: he could retire now. At this point we have to be clear: Joshua has never to fight out of UK: this is boxing.
    Same could happen to Golovkin: though Golovkin is stronger than Kovalev low blows are painful.

  • StalinGold

    It was a good fight, Ward made the necessary adjustments, with that being said there were way too many low blows and Tony stopped the fight way too early. Kovalev needed to knock Dre out in order to win, it was clear to everybody though it seems that he didn’t really change his tactics from the first fight. He should’ve listen more to Jackson and get a proper strength and conditioning coach the specializes in boxing…not sure what’s next for him. Maybe Adonis will be willing to fight him…

  • Blue

    The Krusher got Krushed by the smaller S.O.G Ward! Them blows was border line belt. People keep making excuses for the bully but he shouldn’t never threat a man on ending his career, like he’s trying to kill someone in the ring. I would say Ward let him off easy!!

  • Murphj

    What about the hits before the “questionable” low blows that stunned kovalev? He was hurt, no doubt about it, and he gave up. On the scorecard, I had Ward losing up to this point, but he made adjustments, saw that the body was hurting, and went for kill. At the beginning of fight, ref showed that kovalev belt was too high thus the body shots were legal….

    Nevada boxing commission and HBO boxing has egg all over their faces. What n embarrassment of a PPV event… The undercards wouldn’t even make Lou debellas Broadway boxing events. So lopsided, and a ppv event at that. Then the debacle of a knockout hit after the bell, wait before the bell, wait, he acted as though he was knocked out, wait no, they were both throwing at the same time, but only one connected, wait, wait, I heard from the truck the hit connected before the bell. WTF HBO?

    Roy Jones, you were a great boxer, but as commentator, you need to fake a knockout. Give me showbox or Broadway boxing events any day.

  • jsnell279

    nothing controversal about this fight. The right man won. Excuses are for losers

    • blackbird014

      mmm Armstrong was saying the same ….
      Now we laugh at him

  • GioAler

    What is wrong with Boxing?ref did not give kovalev a chance!this is a world class fighter,give him 10sec ref..ward is behind in the scorecard..USA decision last time and again this time..,

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  • Mr_October

    Yes. Sir…I saw it. When I think of blatent low blows I think of Gollatta vs Bowe…Or wut Mares Did to that kid yrs back. Agbecko it was maybe. But yeah. I just thought wen I rewatched the bout & concentrated on the body work being done by both men it was excellent work. There was no need for anyone to cheat. 90+% of the shots were accurate throughout. Also, Maan nothing…
    in no contest…no activity really that I can think of do rules get applied to the letter. I didn’t see either man’s belly button last night. Kov put dre in a headlock every round of the fight. There was rabbit punching in every rd as well. I counted 1 warning…There was holding by both fighters…zero warnings…Andre would measure w/ his left from time to time… No one follows the rules to the letter. Nor do they get enforced fully. Besides the stoppage I just didn’t see enough to be outraged about. & when I watched weeks in the replay he actually did an excellent job of allowing the fighters fight & not inject himself too much.

    The last thing I’ll say is this….This is “the BUSINESS of sports and entertainment”. I’ve long since shed my complete voluntary delusion over the spirit of pure competition. I always know in the back of my pea brain that there are multiple interests in play to be met. Do I think weeks was perhaps instructed to be quick on the draw in favor of Ward?? ABSOLUTELY. But I also understand that athletes know what they’re up against in every scenario. & the pure beauty of sports reality is everyone has to play their part for home cooking to be effective. & Sergei didn’t quite live up to the task. It’s the reason guys don’t like going into other people’s countries to fight. They know they’re up against the crowd…the ref…AND their opponent. It’s just the nature of the beast…Felix Sturm feasted on that sh*t for Yeeeears. He’s not alone. I just didn’t think last night was an egregious example. I didn’t like it. But I wasn’t outraged. (sorry for being so long-winded) (should prolly just start a youtube channel) lol

    • Mr_October

      Hey fellas…To anyone who cares: There’s a vid on youtube showing the fight from inside the arena. Excellent footage. (Surprisingly better than the telecast IMO) Super clear & close. I was wrong. NONE of wards shots were low. They were ALL on the beltline & the white of kov’s trunks where his abdomen is. I froze all the frames. 30:23, 30:57, 31:30, 31:38. If you freeze them at the point of impact you see the red of ward’s gloves on the white of kov’s trunks. They were all clean to the body. Incedentally, the vid shows just how thorough ward broke kov down. It’s amazing the live effect contrasted against the broadcast. Kov was finished man. It actually made me change my mind on the stoppage as well. That was an excellent fight front to back. go watch it. I think it’s titled “full fight from inside the arena”.

      • Steve Coleman

        Thanks. Can you provide the link? At least the link address after the ‘watch’ part?

  • opinionated

    Idk.. it felt.. kinda rigged in a way. Kovalev was not as sharp with his right hand at all it was almost like he wasn’t trying to counter with it. I saw ward make a few adjustments to avoid them but if you compare his right hand this fight to the first one you can see that he was a lot sharper with it. That and the low blows bothered me about this fight.. idk if kov was drained or something but his right hand s*cked almost seem to fight the entire fight with his left hand only. When he had clear openings for the right hand he didn’t take it.. And when he did land the right hand he would pull it back. It’s weird.. I like ward but I didn’t want him to win like this.. weird stoppage weird ref.. And weird right hands from kovalev.

  • Marklin Smith

    Totally satisfied LEGIT stoppage. If the fight would have gone on Kovalev would have been eating head shots then gone down, wich I would enjoy seeing….. but ,good stoppage. Kovalev tried to play the “LOW BLOW” victim but as i keep seeing in the last round that ,indeed, the shot was NOT low most would assume the blow was low because Kovalev pretended that most of the body shots thrown by Ward through out the early part of the fight were low. wrong ref for that type of tactic.–NO trilogy. Kovalev vs Adonis Stevenson would be great for the light heavyweight division tho.