Kovalev Exits Presser – Ward Responds – Duva asks Virgil about towel va Towel
Ward, Grand Arrival Mandalay Bay
Notes from Teddy Atlas
TEDDY ATLAS OUTLOOK (feel free to use)
As i look at this rematch between Kovalev and Ward the first thing i think of is timing simply put Wards was slightly off in their first match due to inactivity he was a mila-second late pulling the trigger which i believe will be different this time – punches that just missed will find the mark – also on the side of Ward i believe he will be able to find his rhythm sooner in the fight and he will have a healthy amount of respect and awareness for Kovalevs rt hand i see Ward feinting at the front door to get the rt hand out of the way then either coming in the side entrance or just countering in front after he eludes the rt also Ward will recognize that although kovalevs rt is the danger point it is his jab that must set up its delivery so i think Ward will look to take Kovalevs jab out of play by dominating with his own perhaps a little slip of his head to either side with a sharp jab will FWD: do the trick then once he owns the jabbing war he will have easy access to the inside where he is just simply better suited to be effective then Kovalev is. As for Kovalev to win the second time around he must do a better job of acting like the longer taller guy and not just the more explosive guy in other words he must consistently control range and use both his jab and feet to do that Ward comes in 4 inches then kovalev should be back 7 inches make him earn his way in make Ward take chances and make him pay for every inch of real estate in that ring if you are going to lose make him beat u on the outside not in the trenches and finally when the moments r right throw 3 even perhaps 4 punch combos instead of the 1 and 2 punch action u settled for in the first fight hey do more when u can do more in the end i see a sharper and mentally more aware Ward winning a unanimous decision.