Originally Posted by hendrix
Yeah I mean as well as Brook did, this was very clearly a media/money grab fight. Looks good for a few rounds, makes a name for him and they stop the fight as soon as he looks in trouble.
I don't really know, I reckon Ward has a bit more to him. But yeah, he could be thinking along the same lines.
Andre Ward doesn't have that many ways of winning against Kovalev. He is unlikely to beat him on output. He has unimpressive power compared to Kovalev - certainly he'll have his work cut out for him to keep Kovalev's hands at home. And it's unclear that the clinch is a good place for him. Certainly, wrestling with the larger and stronger Kovalev will tire him out, even if we have no idea whether Kovalev can fight from the inside or not. He also has a bit of rust left on him - he really has not fought that often, and though his last two fights were decisive, they were hardly awe-inspiring performances, which Kovalev seems to be getting more accurate with his punching, which is scary.
Unless Andre Ward has some secret special Kung Fu that we've just never seen, he should probably be having deep, hard, thoughts about the quality of his management.
Or maybe this is the money fight before he hangs them up. I mean, it's not as though Ward seems to be type of fighter you just can't keep out of the ring.