Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev was not able to defend the title of world champion WBA, IBF and WBO in the weight category up 79,38 kg, losing in the ring of Las Vegas to American Andre ward on points by unanimous decision – 113:114, 113:114, 113:114.
The first two rounds Sergey looked very convincing, and in the second sent ward down with a clean right hook at close range, catching him on the run.
But then the Americans got together and leveled the fight and resorted to his favorite weapon is the clinch, and began to wear down the opponent a protracted viscous struggle. This has borne fruit already in the sixth round Kovalev stopped actively going forward.
At this point in the ring was an equal fight, in which it is difficult to give someone an advantage. It was not until the last Gong.
A victory could give anyone, as well as to put a tie on the rating, but probably at the expense of the ending, in which the Russians looked isotane of the enemy, besides, he was bleeding from the nose, the scales tipped on the side of the ward.
“I do not agree with the decision of the judges. The fans in agreement with me, they booed the verdict. I understand that we are in the USA and the judges were local… This is absurd. Ward was knocked down, and max took a few rounds, the rest of the time I dominated. Of course, I want a rematch. But I don’t consider myself a loser. I’m furious,” said Kovalev.
Add that Kovalev first defeat in the professional ring, this defeat was his first at 30 wins and one draw. Ward, who is younger than the opponent’s for one year and previously was the champion of WBA (Super) in the super Middleweight division, won 31 in 31 combat.