Ward stuns Kovalev in rematch to retain three titles

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By 2017-06-19

(AFP) American champion boxer Andre Ward kept his IBF, WBA and WBO titles by stopping Russian brawler Sergey Kovalev in the eighth round of their light heavyweight rematch on Saturday.

The unbeaten Ward hurt Kovalev with a right hand that buckled his knees and then finished him off on the ropes 30 seconds later with a series of body shots around the mid-section at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.

"He's a great fighter, not a lot of people are going to beat him," Ward said. "But when you are facing a great fighter you have to raise your game to the next level. 

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