Andre Ward wants pound-for-pound recognition after stopping Sergey Kovalev

• American seals eighth-round win via controversial technical knockout
• ‘Hopefully, against a great fighter like Sergey Kovalev, we’ll get our credit’

Andre Ward proclaimed himself the pound-for-pound the world No1 after stopping Sergey Kovalev in their rematch to retain his unified light heavyweight world championship.

An eighth-round win in Las Vegas via a controversial technical knockout took Ward to 32 wins from 32 in his career and the 33-year-old then set his sights on climbing the weight classes. He told HBO: “Let me ask you the question: Can I get on the pound-for-pound list now? At the top?

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