By Carlos Boogs
Virgil Hunter, trainer of Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs), feels strongly that there is absolutely no way possible that Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) beat his fighter last November in Las Vegas.
Ward, who was knocked down in the second round, won a twelve round unanimous decision to capture Kovalev's WBA, WBO, IBF light heavyweight titles at the T-Mobile Arena.
There were a rematch clause, which Kovalev exercised, and the second fight now takes place on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
In the first contest, the action was close and all three judges had Ward winning the fight by a single point, 114-113.
After the fight, there was a lot of controversy with the scoring - as fans and experts alike were involved in heated debates over which boxer actually deserved the victory.
Kovalev felt he was robbed judges and stated branding Ward as "Son of Judges." He personally gave Ward no more than four rounds.
Hunter has watched the contest several times and each he clearly saw his fighter as the rightful winner in the bout.
“I think Andre said it best when he said somebody’s will was going to be broke in that fight. But it would be nice to go into that without biting the hand that fed you. Everybody’s an expert from the reporters to the announcers when it comes to judging a fight. All of a sudden, they were all wrong that night. So, I think that’s an insult to what goes on in boxing. I think it wasn’t right," Hunter said.
"I think it was wrong particularly since HBO has built Sergey into the star that he rightfully is. Like I said before and I’ll say today, I’ll challenge anybody to sit with me and show me where he won the fight. He fought a hell of a fight because he’s a hell of a fighter, but he didn’t win the fight."