Kovalev lost a close points decision to Ward back in November and forced a rematch after a number of pundits and fans scored the fight to him.
But this bout was once again marred by controversy after the Russian was stopped in the eighth round by a big right hook followed by a succession of apparent body-shots after which referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight.
However, Express Sport understands Kovalev’s camp plan to appeal the decision to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) because he felt those final blows were below the belt.
“It’s a disgrace,” his promoter Kathy Duva said.
“The only fair verdict is for this to be overturned and declared a ‘no contest’.”
Kovalev himself could not contain his anger at his post-fight press conference, calling the refereeing of the fight “bull****”.
“I couldn’t believe it, I could win,” Kovalev said.
“Only a low blow [hurt me].
“Low blow – and I felt this.
“Again, another one. The first one was on the border, and the second one a low blow.”
Ward meanwhile denied that he had crossed the line, although did admit he had come close at times.
“When I saw him react to the body shots that were borderline, I knew I had him,” Ward said.
“Go back down there. Why get away from it?
“Then I hurt him with a head shot and I just had to get the right shots in there to get it over with.
“That one’s probably borderline – he was hurt, I went right back there again, he wasn’t reacting, right back there again and the referee stopped it.”
Source : EXPRESS