This I believe. Kovalev will not be treated fairly because of Ward being the last Olympic gold medalist, HBO's media daring, Max Kellerman's gay-lover, you name it. Since 9-11, there has been a very strong backlash against non-American people and athletes, Especially by all American judges, which Nevada is using once again. Get neutral judges, and Kovalev has a better chance of scorecard fairness.
Much the same way that Golovkin is likely to be robbed against Canelo, because Canelo is the only star that Delahoya has left, and his Mexican fan base depends on him for revenue. Canelo can't afford another loss. HBO and Max Kellerman do not want their "Pom Pom" star losing, because that hurts the American establishment in boxing, Rock Nation is shit without Andre Ward. What's to say a little "Uncle Sam" green coming James' Prince's way won't help Ward in the scoring?
Jack, I typically agree with you in most of your posts, but it seems as though the "business" said of boxing that we all hate but have grown to understand, is being overlooked. Now, I do understand there's considerable bias in judging big fights like this, but that's not always the reason.
Ward being the last Olympic Gold Medalist, has NOTHING to do with the judges giving him the decision. We've been saying this for a while now and history has proven it; the most marketable fighter usually gets the nod.
In this case, Ward is NOT the more marketable of the two. Kovalev has come to the US and made a HUGE name for himself. The biggest question of Ward/Kovalev 1 was...."who is going to move on to make the sport the most money or at least give it more attention?" Ward doesn't fit this at all.
Throughout Ward's career, he does what most Goosen fighters do, they disappear until a fight's announce, they do the pressers, disappear to train, then show up on fight night. Ward's been doing the same since he left Goosen.
Kovalev on the other hand, has been pushed HARD by HBO and NBC. Which fight makes the most money, Kovalev vs Stevenson or Ward vs Stevenson? More than likely, Kovalev vs Stevenson. What if GGG wants to pull a Hopkins and jump to 175, which will be the bigger fight, GGG vs Ward or GGG vs Kovalev? Probably GGG vs Kovalev.
Had Kovalev finished what he started after the knockdown, then he and his camp and the media would be signing a different tune, but the "wrong guy" won, so everybody's up in arms. Kovalev actually had to fight a guy who knows how to keep him thinking, Hopkins couldn't do after he got dropped in round 1.
Again, I'm not saying that you're wrong, but there's more to Ward's victory, than the whole "American judges" stuff. And yes, if GGG drops Canelo and can't finish him, then he'll meet the same fate, justifiably. Ward isn't a huge seller, so to me, he was awarded that decision in an honest manner, mainly because he stayed in there and fought back.
I mean, if you want to take it further and bring up the Pac/Bradley 1 "robbery", then we can. We all know that was mostly Arum's doing and Manny's lackluster performance that night. Wasn't Manny threatening to sit out of the 3rd JMM fight and almost tried to leave TR? Yep.
What happened? He got in there and with Bradley and they took the fight from him because he allowed it be as close as it was. Didn't Floyd just make $32M for the first time ever in the sport against Cotto just a month prior? Why allow Manny to beat an undefeated fighter and ask for more money in his next fight, since Floyd made as much as he did? "Oh no", Im sure Arum was thinking...."Let me keep this guy honest....humble him....allow him to "lose" this Bradley fight, so I can tell him, "Hey kid, you just lost your last fight. The money you're asking for, isn't out there".
Again, between Ward and Kovalev, the Russian Krusher is THE bigger draw of the two, so he should have won....if the judges were in such a "giving" mood that night.