In my last post I and the regulars at Headstrong Gym made predictions on the fight. Check it out if you haven’t already. I predicted Ward in a unanimous or close split decision and that is exactly how it went. Before Michael Buffer read off the judges cards, I told my sons Al and Dominick that it was 114-113 Ward. And that is the how all three judges had it. It was close one though and it certainly could have gone either way – only it didn’t. I think the difference was Ward’s in-fighting and body punching.
Kovalev started off strong with a 2nd round knock-down. I had the Russian up 5-1 after six rounds, with Andre winning the last six. Kovalev was disappointed of course and some did think he may have won by as much as 115-112. Not me. I saw Andre take control and refuse to lose.
It was a Classic. If you missed it, too bad for you. There is a re-match clause and I hope Andre gives Sergey the opportunity. Who do I think would win that one? Andre in another exciting fight but not as close. If it was a 15 round fight like in the good old days, I would have Andre stopping Sergey in the 14th round.
Written by Al Iannacone Sr.