WEEKEND ROUNDUP – Ward/Kovalev Stevens/DeLaRosa Groves/Gutknecht 

Photo Credit – Sergey Kovalev Instagram

Well the weekends over and we witnessed the fight of 2017. The fight didn’t live up to the hype, it was two masterclass fighters showing incredible skill, with a few dodgy decisions and a card in Germany, it was a solid weekend for the sport. 

Andre Ward beat Sergey Kovalev 114-113 on all three judges scorecards giving him a unanimous decision and winning the IBF, WBO & WBA Light Heavyweight Titles in Las Vegas, breaking history and cementing himself as one of the best boxers in history, also reaching the peak of the pound for pound boxing list. 

It wasn’t a sure win for Ward, the majority of fans had it for Kovalev by a round or two, I personally had Kovalev a round up, but a close call either way is a fair shout and no arguments with it. Kovalev put Ward down in round two for the second time in Ward’s career, but he bounced back after a dodgy first start of the fight to claim the final six on the judges cards. 

It was scrappy at times, with Ward trying to rough up Kovalev on the inside and be a bit of a brawler, but Kovalev matched everything it had and kept him at distance most of the fight. Both men showed great chins, and the rematch clause will be excersized for a chance for Kovalev to win back the belts he’s lost. 

Photo Credit – Maurice Hooker Instagram

The chief support on the card was undefeated Maurice Hooker against Darleys Perez, a quite clear Perez victory however the fight was scored a draw, with one judge giving it 97-93 to Hooker which is extremely questionable as this was the same judge that controversially gave it 117-111 to Jamie Mcdonell against Solis last weekend in Monaco. 
A very good performance from Perez, looked very good up at Super Lightweight and was causing Hooker all sorts of problems which he never really seemed to have an answer for.Frustration clearly got the better of him and he never managed to quite grasp whatever game plan he had and luckily the judges were on his side and he didn’t suffer his first professional loss. 

Photo Credit – Curtis Stevens Instagram 

Also on the undercard, was Curtis Stevens v James De La Rosa for the WBC Continental America’s Middleweight Title. A very convincing win for Stevens winning a unanimous decision, despite De La Rosa thinking he had it at the end of the fight. 

In Germany Marco Huck faced Dymtro Kucher for the IBO Cruiserweight Title. Marco Huck took the fight on points in what was a scrappy fight, ending in a unanimous decision. A good win on Huck’s resume as Kucher is no walk in the park and there is still many options in the Cruiserweight division in the future. 

Photo Credit – George Groves Instagram

On Friday night, Groves beat Gutknecht by unanimous decision in convincing fashion however the fight didn’t end well. Gutknecht put in a valiant performance and never looked like giving in, and even when Groves had him rocked, he always came back throwing more. 

In the last two rounds, Gutknecht suffered a bad eye injury, which personally I feel he could have been pulled out there but he was still throwing and coming forward so I can see the referees decision to carry it on. After the fight he collapsed in his changing rooms and was rushed to hospital to treat swelling on the brain. 

The boxing community wishes him well, and very hopeful for his recovery. All in all, an exciting weekend for word boxing. 

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