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LAS VEGAS — It was dubbed a fight to crown the Pound 4 Pound best and it delivered. Andre Ward was hurt in the first round and dropped in the second, but mounted a gradual comeback behind a strong body attack to take a narrow 114-113 win on all scorecards.

Ward was stunned by a jab in the opening round and forced to hold. In the second, Kovalev floored the challenger with a perfect right hand. Kovalev continued his aggression behind the stiff jab and right hand, but Ward responded strong in the third by countering to the body and working the left hook.

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The remaining rounds were a seesaw of momentum on both sides. Ward got more moments for inside mauling where he slowed Kovalev with hard body shots. Although Kovalev was not able to replicate the clean shots landed in the opening rounds, he still manged to back Ward up with counter jabs and right hands.

The fight would come down to the 12th, where Kovalev landed the harder head shots, but Ward continued his solid work downstairs. Ultimately, the judges preferred Ward’s offense, and he won the round on all the judge’s scorecards.

The win gives Ward the WBA, WBO and IBF light-heavyweight titles and sets the stage for a lucrative rematch.


What a fight! On my scorecard, I had 115-112 for Kovalev, believing the knockdown pushed him ahead in a close bout. I had Kovalev taking rounds 1, 2 (w/ knockdown), 4, 6, 9, 10, and 12. Ward took rounds 3, 5, 7, 8, and 11. However, there were at least two close rounds on my card where I had some doubt before I tallied the final score. In Vegas, judges prefer aggression and for whatever it’s worth, Ward was the one who looked fresher and landed the most consistent punches on the second half — the body shots. And while the crowd should not influence judges, we know it does and there were wild cheers for Ward’s comeback likely played a part in the favorable scoring.

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Photo Credit: Tom Hogan

Watch the final pre-fight face to face confrontation between light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward at this afternoon’s weigh-in. The live stream opens at 5:30 p.m. ET and will include the undercard fights.

Kovalev vs. Ward takes place Saturday November 19 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO pay-per-view.

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Watch the final press for the November 19 light-heavyweight showdown between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. The live stream begins at 4 p.m. E.T. Friday’s weigh-in will be streamed live on BeatsBoxingMayhem at 5:30 p.m. E.T.

 

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Less than a month out from their superfight, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev allowed HBO cameras to chronicle their final preparations on My Fight. The bout airs live on HBO pay-per-view on November 19.

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KRAKOW, Poland — 39 year old Tomasz Adamek is hanging up the gloves after suffering a 10th round knockout loss last night to Eric Molina.

Adamek, who could be elusive and outbox much larger foes in years past, could not avoid the Molina’s counter right hand. The former light heavyweight champion was rattled by these punches in the second and fourth rounds. He was forced to exchange big shots in the sixth and showed visible fatigue by the eighth stanza.

Despite the trouble, Adamek’s superior jab and footwork enabled him to carry a 88-83 lead on all cards headed into the 10th. Adamek was outworking his foe when a Molina right cross sent him careening under the bottom rope. Adamek beat the count, but was in no condition to defend himself and could not be saved by the bell, giving Molina the dramatic victory with one second remaining.

The comeback victory is Molina’s second win since losing by ninth round KO to WBC titlist Deontay Wilder last June.

Adamek, a veteran of 17 years, leaves the ring with a record of 50-5 (30 KOs) and titles won at light-heavyweight and cruiserweight.

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Watch the live stream at noon today for the rematch between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal. The event will also include the undercard bout featuring Karim Mayfield taking on Dmitry Mikhaylenko.

The card will be televised live this Saturday at HBO from Montreal.

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Watch the final undercard press conference for this Saturday’s HBO rematch between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal. The card airs lives at 9:45 p.m. ET.