Was last night the last time we ever see Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev in the ring? Time will tell but much of the boxing community feel it might be a likely scenario.

Kovalev has had an excellent career by any professional boxer’s standards but perhaps if there is to be any regrets, they will come with the Andre Ward fights.

Say what you want about the scoring in the bouts, which caused a lot of controversy in the first fight – the bouts never got as much publicity as they should have.

Two of the sports’ pound for pound top fighters at the time and the pay per view numbers both events generated did not compensate them anywhere near what they deserved.

Money aside, perhaps Kovalev will also be waking up today wondering more about the risk to his health if he chooses to box on following last night’s stoppage defeat in Atlantic city to Alvarez.

Here is how some of the boxing world has been reacting to the loss thus far: