2 thoughts on “Video – HBO’s Road to Kovalev-Ward

  1. Thoughts on Kov-Ward?

    I had it Kov by two (plus the knockdown). Kudos to Ward for clawing his way back from early domination if in typically ugly fashion. Were he penalized for hugging, and had Kovalev been credited for pushing him around with a jab, we wouldn’t have a new champion. This is Vegas, though. Or is it Chinatown, Jake?

    Caught the mildly amusing CIA satire “Hopscotch” with Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson and Ned Beatty. Not exceptional by any means, but charming and knowing, and the principals all very watchable. Released in 1980, it might be the very last gasp of 70s American cinema. Its themes and drolleries and air of fragile insurgency were about to be banished to a galaxy far, far away, and I forgave it a lot because it’s a kind of very nice time capsule.

    • It exceeded expectations. I had Ward winning.

      So many of the rounds were close and competitive but I felt he ultimately outfoxed Kovalev and his second half dominance was enough. He showed great grit and skills to overcome the nightmare start, and Kovalev proved that the Chilemba fight was an aberration & he has elite skills (especially that ramrod jab) to go along with the power.

      It’s a subjective thing but I think Kovalev initiated most of the holding, an ingenious tactic to stop Ward from his favoured inside work and force him to box from the outside. He used his size as a natural light heavyweight to avoid being outwrestled and he muscled Ward to the ropes on many occasions.

      I’d love to see a rematch. I can’t remember a fight in recent years whose scoring has divided people so much.

      Speaking of last gasps of 70s American cinema, have you ever seen Brian De Palma’s Blow Out? I view that as the end of an era.

      Caught the fascinating De Palma documentary by Baumbach and Paltrow recently (it must be the best doc on a filmmaker I’ve seen, but, as a longtime De Palma acolyte, I’m biased), as well as The Unknown Girl from the always excellent Dardenne brothers.

      Westworld moving into a higher gear now.

      My recent highlight, however, was the truly stunning El Sur by Victor Erice. It is probably one of the most beautiful and moving films I’ve ever seen and has probably earned a spot in my top ten: a study of memory, family, time, loss of innocence and an unsentimental child’s eye view on the world.

      I was lucky to have my first viewing of this film in a cinema. It is absolutely criminal that Erice has only made three full length feature films in a career that started in the 1970s. I couldn’t recommend his work enough.

      Here’s a taster, if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4ovQDfCwZU

      Interesting Friedkin piece btw, another quality filmmaker that’s fallen away from prominence. Killer Joe was a fairly fun exercise in pulp.

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