Ward vs. Kovalev 2 Betting Recap

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Sports bettors struck gold Saturday night when Andre Ward shocked the world by stopping Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev inside eight rounds.

Ward by KO/TKO paid around 12 to 1 at most online sportsbooks.

While the former US Olympic gold medalist was a slight favorite to win a decision at -120, many saw it going the distance or believed that Kovalev would have the best shot at winning inside the distance.

Bettors with a crystal ball could have netted as much as $5,000 for every $100 risked for Ward winning anywhere from rounds 7 to 9.

Kovalev protested the decision of referee Tony Weeks to stop the bout, though the Russian slugger clearly stopped defending himself after a devastating, if not low, body shot. Kovalev was dazed and hurt badly with a right hand earlier in the bout and appeared to have lost all energy following the vicious body shot. Kovalev demanded an immediate rematch in his post-fight interview with HBO's Max Kellerman.

The attention of boxing bettors now turns to August 26; a date that Miguel Cotto will be taking the squared circle again ... okay, the date that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will be locking horns in an unprecedented boxing vs. UFC super fight. Sportsbooks have installed Mayweather as a suspiciously low -700 betting favorite against the Irishman. Track Mayweather vs. McGregor odds and line movement using SBR Odds.

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