Welcome to Fightful.com's live coverage of Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2 for the unified light heavyweight championship. These two will once again square off in Las Vegas in a grudge match after the first fight's result left a bad taste in many fans' mouths. Ward defeated Kovalev in the first fight last November to win the unified light heavyweight title and end Kovalev's perfect boxing record. You can read Fightful's quick preview at this link and watch the latest Fightful boxing podcast where Carlos Toro and Steven Muehlhausen preview the fight.
We'll be bringing you quick results of the undercard, recaps of the main card and round-by-round coverage of the world title fights which will be broadcasted on HBO pay-per-view. The non-PPV card will be shown right here at Fightful on the video above and will start at 7 p.m. ET.
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Here's the main televised card (HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET)
Andre Ward defeated Sergey Kovalev via TKO, round 8, 2:29, to retain the Unified WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship
Guillermo Rigondeaux defeated Moises Flores via knockout, round 1, 3:00, to become the unified WBA and IBO Super Bantamweight World Champion
Luis Arias defeated Arif Magomedov via TKO, round 5, 1:16 to retain his USBA Middleweight Title
Dmitry Bivol defeated Cedric Agnew via TKO, round 4, 1:27
Here's the televised non-PPV undercard (Fightful, 7 p.m. ET)
Tramaine Williams defeated Christopher Martin via TKO, round 2, 1:44
Vaughn Alexander defeated Fabiano Pena via TKO, round 4, 3:00
Here's the untelevised undercard:
Bakhram Murtazaliev defeated Alex Sandro Duarte via TKO, round 1
Enriko Gogokhia defeated Jonathan Steele via unanimous decision
Enriko Gogokhia defeated Jonathan Steele via unanimous decision: Gogokhia, a very successful kickboxer from Ukraine (42-7 kickboxing record), made the transition to becoming a boxer last year and already has a great start in his boxing career. Gogokhia now moves to 5-0 as a boxer, taking down the now-former undefeated Steele. Both of these boxers were facing their toughest opponents so far in their young career and Steele had already started to become a knockout artist of sorts, with four KOs in his seven career wins.
Bakhram Murtazaliev defeated Alex Sandro Duarte via TKO, round 1: Murtazaliev continued his campaign throughout the lower ranks of the middleweight division, with knockout win after knockout win. Murtazaliev got the biggest win of his young career against Duarte, who came in with a record of 12-0-1 with nine KOs. Duarte, the current Brazilian super welterweight champion, recently moved to middleweight, but has not fought any real quality fighters until meeting Murtazaliev.
TELEVISED NON-PPV UNDERCARD:
Tramaine Williams defeated Christopher Martin via TKO, round 2, 1:44: One fighter here had only 10 wins and 3 KOs in his pro career so far. The other is a 30-8-3 veteran, a former WBO NABO champion who has fought the likes of Jhonny Gonzalez, Miguel Marriaga and Gary Russell Jr. The latter looked liked the highly inexperienced fighter as Tramaine Williams shined in this fight, picking up the biggest win of his career by far. From the start of the fight, Williams was in attack mode, hurting Martin with the left hand and knocking Martin down midway through the first round. referee Kenny Bayless nearly stopped the fight at the end of the first round.
It didn't take Williams long to end the fight in the second round as Bayless stopped the fight and Martin threw a minor temper tantrum, running across the ring angrily that he lost the fight in this manner. There was no way Martin was going to bounce back against the speed and sharp punching from Williams. Smart stoppage from Bayless and Williams' stock rose up dramatically with this win.
Vaughn Alexander defeated Fabiano Pena via TKO, round 4, 3:00: Alexander, who's brother Devon is a two-time world champion, is back to fighting after spending 11 years in prison, winning his last four fights since being released. Alexander looked every bit as good as he once was, dominating Pena with a variety of combos to Pena's body. Alexander targeted the body a lot and eventually injured Pena's ribs, forcing Pena's corner to stop the fight. Alexander picks up his 10th win in his career (7 KO) as he looks to try and climb up the middleweight ranks.
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