Below is all you need to know to watch the match on Saturday.
The American felt Weeks may have had a better view, but insisted his decision making was not up to scratch in a world title fight.
The Las Vegas fight ended with Kovalev was in the corner and Ward landing shots to the body. "I was a lot better prepared this time".
He'll presumably need a new string of victories-and perhaps a win in a long-teased showdown with lineal division champ Adonis Stevenson-to get back on Ward's radar.
"Championship fights really start in the second half", Ward said. "After this, we don't want to hear any excuses", Ward said (via ESPN). Still, that fight was so close you could have given it to either of them. He's so used to people trying to get away from his power that he's able to rest between the action. The blow left Kovalev bent over in agony which resulted in Weeks calling a halt to the fight.
Ward, sensing the end was near, got Kovalev against the ropes, throwing left hands to the body with everything he had.
This time, however, Ward sought to erase doubts regarding the legitimacy of his first win by intelligently boxing Kovalev before wearing him down with shots to the body.
'I don't think Kovalev complained about it, he was in a submissive position. For him it was like fighting a heavy bag..
Unfortunately for both fighters, those outside boxing dont seem terribly interested.
Kovalev, 34, has been angry for months and has been wearing a hat emblazoned with "WAR" during the buildup to Saturday's fight. Then came the confirmation Wednesday that Floyd Mayweather will indeed meet Conor McGregor on August 26. I didn't feel the punch. "It is what it is".
After the first fight, Sergey blamed the judges and asserted his team failed to condition him properly.
The Cuban retains his World Boxing Association title and said afterward, as one of the sport's most avoided fighters, that he'd be willing to meet either former super-flyweight world champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez or super-featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko in a catch-weight bout.
The AP had Kovalev ahead by a point going into the final round. Each round in the duel was as close as they come as Kovalev was largely the aggressor behind his jab while Ward landed scattered blows between constant clinching. I'd like to see him fight Anthony Joshua. "I don't like this guy".
Heading into the sixth round, Ward and Kovalev were exhausted. "This is fantastic", Kovalev said.
"I don't know, I can't explain it", Kovalev said. Im not flawless but I make an effort to be an asset to the game.. The first bout was on pay-per-view, too, and drew only a reported 150,000 buys, despite it being an attractive matchup for boxing fans.
Kovalev was unable to gain revenge as he was stopped in round eight, although he claimed that Ward was guilty of administering several low blows. Bennett said it was a punch before the bell sounded though the replay showed it was after the round. "I didn't predict a knockout, but I said it could happen", Ward said.
"I'm not going to be distracted by the talk".