SERGEY KOVALEV’S team were left raging at referee Tony Weeks’ intervention that saw him halt the Russian as Andre Ward defended his WBA, WBO and IBF light-heavyweight titles inside eight rounds on Saturday (June 17) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Speaking to Boxing News immediately after the fight, Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson said the stoppage was wrong. “They were low blows but the referee didn’t call it, didn’t see it,” he maintained.
Jackson continued, “I thought it was a close fight. Before the stoppage it was close. It ebbed and flowed, Sergey won one round, Ward did good the next round. It ebbed and flowed. A close fight.