Andre Ward Bests Sergey Kovalev Before "Roaring" Crowd In Las Vegas
Boxer Andre Ward beat Sergey Kovalev to win the light heavyweight title by way of eighth-round TKO last night in front of a "pro-Ward crowd of 10,982 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center" (USATODAY.com, 6/18). The crowd was "roaring at every punch landed by Ward and chanting his nickname." Ward was paid $6.5M for the rematch, while Kovalev "got a percentage of the gate and the pay-per-view" (AP, 6/18). The crowd "wasn't cheated because both fighters brought their 'A' game and was willing to lay it all on the line" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/18). Ward "deserves the top spot on the sport's pound-for-pound list" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/18).