‘We just robbed Russia’: Internet reacts to controversial #KovalevWard boxing decision
“Did they really just give that fight to Andre Ward? Well if Trump can win the presidency then anything is possible these days,” boxer Chris Eubank Jr. tweeted, in a sentiment shared by many who thought the decision was indicative of a world in which Donald Trump can become the leader of the US.
Did they really just give that fight to Andre Ward? Well if Trump can win the presidency then anything is possible these days #KovalevWard— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) November 20, 2016
Ward himself seemed surprised at the result when he heard the decision. The boxer scored 114-113 on all three judges’ scorecards.
“A ridiculous decision and another black eye for boxing,” one tweet read, with many criticizing the judges.
PSA: If #KovalevWard is the worst decision you've ever witnessed then you haven't been watching boxing for very long...— Dept. Of Cynicism (@jamaaldelaney) November 20, 2016
Others, including former professional Manny Pacquiao, saw the result as fair, praising both fighters for their efforts. Fellow professional Amir Khan praised Ward for his “amazing performance.”
Kovalev criticized the decision in a post-fight interview, saying “I’m a guest here in the USA, and he’s a local, and all the judges are from the USA. I agree they support their boxer, but honestly, this is sport. Don’t make it like politics.”
When asked about the possibility of a rematch, Kovalev was enthusiastic, saying “Sure – and I’ll kick his ass.”