The Ward Kovalev fight was a close fight no matter how you ended up scoring it.
Effectively, it was a 114-113 that could have gone either way. Kovalev started fast and Ward ended strong.
The bout contract had a rematch clause, which the Kovalev camp is very much interested in enforcing as any of us can imagine.
Ward of course, is allegedly leaning towards retirement unless the price is right.
Now if Ward really does retire, then there's no problem so to speak. The belts go to designated "Champions" and Kovalev continues his quest to regain the straps by beating whoever these "Champions" are.
The situation becomes much stickier if say, Ward decides he wants to fight someone else like Adonis Stevenson.
That's when Ward ends up in an all too familiar "ring": the courthouse.
He also ends up on the losing end of a judge's decision, which is also a situation that he's very familiar.
Frankly speaking, I'm sort of tired of the Ward situation.
If he would rather retire than go into an entirely winnable rematch because the "paper wasn't good enough", then he has an inflated sense of self-worth.
Threatening to retire is the only leverage that he has with his promoter. If Ward could actually sell PPV's or generate revenues otherwise that his promoter got a cut of, then he could demand a higher payday.
However, that's the key point: he can't generate that revenue. Few people outside of Boxing hardcores give a fuck about him. I've made these points before so I won't repeat myself.
When Floyd had close fights against guys like Castillo and Maidana, he gave them immediate rematches because he felt that there should be no questions regarding his supremacy.
That was one thing I always appreciated about Mayweather.
I've become rather disenchanted with Ward and his camp, but then again, it's his life and he should do what he thinks is right.
Just remember that no one cares about your gold medal or the Super Six. You wasted your prime years by being a fucking drama queen who wanted to cry in court rather than keep fighting and keep winning. Fuck off please.