Kovalev vs Ward Results – Ward Edges Kovalev

Kovalev vs Ward Results – HBO pay-per-view was at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night for the much awaited light heavyweight showdown between WBA, WBO and IBF world champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1) and challenger Andre Ward (30-0).

The announcers were calling a full house at the ultra-modern T-Mobile, and Ward entered the ring solemnly while Kovalev was smiling and seemed to be enjoying himself.

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Kovalec scored the knockdown early.

 

Kovalev established his power in the first round, and by the second round he had knocked Ward down. Ward smiled as he stood and he settled in to work on a game plan that extended the fight. By the middle rounds Ward was in the fight as he was working the body and Kovalev had started to slow down. As the rounds wore on, a battle of attrition ensued and Ward and Kovalev both exchanged momentum throughout the later stages of the fight. The question going to the cards was whether Ward had done enough to close the lead Kovalev had established. Kovalev never did appear to cede ground, meeting Ward in the exchanges until the end. The judges had the fight by the closest of margins for Ward, 114-113 on all three cards.

The pay-per-view got underway with middleweight action as Curtis Stevens defended his WBC Continental Americas title against James De La Rosa. The powerful Stevens came out loading up on huge punches, and De La Rosa hit the canvas in the opening round. Stevens appeared to hurt his left hand in the fourth round and his punch count dropped. The game De La Rosa took advantage and the fight got really tight as Stevens was deducted a point in Round 8 for a low blow. In the end, the judges had it for Stevens (98-90, 96-92 twice) in a fight that appeared closer to this observer.

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De La Rosa and Stevens settled into a measured pace.

 

Next up on the PPV was Oleksandr Gvozdyk’s NABF light heavyweight defense against the experienced Isaac Chilemba. A methodical fight developed and Chilemba proved to be the test that Gvozdyk needed, but the Russian broke Chilemba down over the eight rounds it lasted. Roy Jones Jr, who was in Chilemba’s corner asked for the stop after eight rounds as Chilemba had suffered a broken hand.

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Gvozdyk outboxed Chilemba over the eight completed rounds.

 

The final fight before the main event saw the NABO lightweight belt on the line between defending champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker and Darleys Perez of Columbia.  Perez came in and established himself from the beginning. He hit Hooker all night and made Hooker miss his meaningful punches. In a shocker, the judges had it 97-93, 93-97 and 95-95 for a draw. Robert Hoyle was the judge that scored it 97-93 for Hooker, a travesty.

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Perez solved Hooker early.

 

The evening of fights got underway at 4 pm via livestream as three of the evening’s undercard fights were made available on HBO’s “Freeview.”

2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields and amateur rival Franchon Crews were bombs away in their 4-round fight. Crews did not back up and she took a lot of shots to get her own in. In the end, Shields’ superior technique and hand speed gave her the unanimous decision win, 40-36 on all three cards.

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Claressa Shields in lights after her debut win over the rugged Franchon Crews.

 

Tyler McCreary defeated Vincent Jennings by a slim majority decision over six rounds and Sonny Frederickson outpointed Gabriel Duluc over eight rounds.

In dark matches, heavyweight Darmani Rock defeated Brice Ritani Coe by UD in a 4-round contest, middleweight Bakhram Murtazaliev stopped Botirsher Obidov in the second round of their scheduled right rounder, and middleweight Melirim Nursultanov defeated Henry Beckford by UD in a 6-round match.

Check back Sunday for more in-depth coverage of the fights right here at TSS.

 

Kovalev vs Ward Results

Below are the complete and official results from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Saturday, November 19th, 2016 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

175 LBS 12 RDS: Andre Ward  def Sergey Kovalev by UD (114-113,114-113,114-113)
175 LBS 10 RDS: Oleksandr Gvozdyk def Isaa Chilemba by RTD after 8 RDS.
140 LBS 10 RDS: Maurice Hooker draw with Darlys Perez (97-93,93-97 and 95-95)
160 LBS 8 RDS: Bakhram Murtazaliev def Botirsher Obidov by TKO in RD 2 @2:52.
140 LBS 8 RDS: Sonny Frederickson def Gabriel Duluc by UD (78-74, 78-74, 77-75)
130 LBS 6 RDS: Tyler McCreary def Vincent Jennings by MD (59-55, 58-56, 57-57)
HVYWT 4 RDS: Darmani Rock def Brice Ritani Coe by UD (40-36,40-36,40-35)
168 LBS 4×2 RDS: Claressa Shields def Franchon Crews by UD (40-36,40-46,40-36)
160 LBS 4 RDS: Meirim Nursultanov def Henry Beckford by UD  (60-54 60-54 60-54)

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COMMENTS

-the Roast :

I don't like it. Kovalev won more rounds plus a knockdown. BS strikes again.


-The Good Doctor :

I watched this fight closely and full disclosure, I wanted Ward to win and thought he would, but he did not. I am willing to see a draw although that may take a stretch. Kovalev fell victim to the curse of "remembering the last thing you saw" Kovalev by no means should be let off the hook completely in this though. He faded badly and let Ward attack his body at will. He also, while being the stronger man, let Andre muscle him quite a bit in the second half of the fight. I also thought he forgot about his sharp jab and straight right at crucial moments. In a weird way though, this fight may make Andre Ward great. If you pay attention, alot of the all time greats (and even just goods) get one like this. They get a decision that is not a blatant robbery but lets just call it a gift from the boxing Gods. For example and just for kicks I will put who I thought won: Floyd v Castillo, (I thought Draw) Pac-Marquez III (I thought Marquez) De La Hoya-Sturm (I thought Sturm) Cotto-Clottey (I thought Cotto) Pascal-Hop I (I had Hop) Bowe-Tubbs (Draw) Frazier-Cummings (Cummings) Holmes-Harris (Draw) All and all though, great fight and I hope they dance again.


-Skibbz :

First fair play to Ward for getting up from the early knock down. It was a close fight. But I thought Kovalev won it. There were so many times I just didn't see Ward doing much... I would say there was an element of home cooking here too. Put it this way, if this fight was in Europe or Russia, Ward would have a loss on his record. Rocnation looked after him tonight. That said I have to emphasise it was a close fight as Ward did win rounds in the latter half, but even then I thought the 10th was Kovalev's. Almost get the feeling he would have had to knock out Ward or drop him several times to win... Hmm.


-Chris L :

Thought Kovalev edged it, Ward didn't do much for the first 6 rounds, looked like every jab that Kovalev was landing was seriously hurting him. Also think Ward threw (not landed) about 3 or 4 right hands up until after round 4. Also being razor close you'd generally side with the champ. Can see a rematch here.


-Skibbz :

A sooner rather than later rematch is what's needed. If Ward (his team) drags the rematch for a while... I will be very disappointed but not surprised. I can see Kovalev knocking Ward out in the rematch for sure. He knows with absolute certainty he can hurt him, and he's seen Ward's best looks in the ring last night, and will know what he has to do to win comprehensively.


-Skibbz :

160 LBS 4*RDS: Meirim Nursultanov def*Henry Beckford by UD *(60-54*60-54*60-54) I knew I recognised the name. An exciting amateur fighter turned pro and now it seems living and working out of Oxnard. I think we have one to watch for the future here once he adapts his style.


-amayseng :

Shameful. Although Ward slowed Kovalev down by wrestling and pity pat inside arm punches, with some good body shots here and there and a few quick jabs he clearly did not win. This is why the UFC is thriving and boxing is where it is. Kovalev has been a stand up fighter the last few years traveling to enemy territory time and time again and putting his heart on the line just for his titles he so heartedly coveted were stolen from him dishonestly last night. How horrible he must feel. I truly love both fighters and had no dog in the race but I can't help but feel for Kovalev after having all he has worked for taken from him. Constant holding and pity pat punches dont win rounds.


-teaser :

kovalev won ...15 rounds he loses


-SuperLight :

kovalev won ...15 rounds he loses
Nice way to look at it. Best I can say is Ward was catching up and tiring out Kovalev, but no way he won it from what I saw. I agreed with Lederman's sentiments but not the margin. I.e. I thought Ward won or drew a couple more rounds. How did Kellerman and Jones score it? Same as the Good Doctor, I was going for Ward, and thought he'd win by decision, but I really thought Kovalev took it. He was patient and more efficient on most counts. I can see him going for that KO if there is a next time.


-Chris L :

Duva said there is a rematch clause, so I assume we will be seeing the rematch pretty rapidly. Before this I was torn 50/50, just edging towards Ward. In the rematch I think Kovalev would win pretty handily.


-oubobcat :

I had Kovalev winning 115-112. I thought it was pretty clear he won. His punches were much harder and sharper than Ward's. The judges were definitely influenced by the crowd in my opinion as well who cheered wildly whenever Ward landed especially down the stretch. When Kovalev landed, the crowd was silent. A lot of of the middle to late rounds were close and the crowd noise when Ward landed helped sway the judges I feel. As I feared too in this fight, Ward's holding was a big factor. He should have been at least warned on several occasions. But he was allowed to grab on to Kovalev and reset frequently.


-Radam G :

The game is full of shockers. Fight II can be in Russia. Holla!


-Radam G :

I watched this fight closely and full disclosure, I wanted Ward to win and thought he would, but he did not. I am willing to see a draw although that may take a stretch. Kovalev fell victim to the curse of "remembering the last thing you saw" Kovalev by no means should be let off the hook completely in this though. He faded badly and let Ward attack his body at will. He also, while being the stronger man, let Andre muscle him quite a bit in the second half of the fight. I also thought he forgot about his sharp jab and straight right at crucial moments. In a weird way though, this fight may make Andre Ward great. If you pay attention, alot of the all time greats (and even just goods) get one like this. They get a decision that is not a blatant robbery but lets just call it a gift from the boxing Gods. For example and just for kicks I will put who I thought won: Floyd v Castillo, (I thought Draw) Pac-Marquez III (I thought Marquez) De La Hoya-Sturm (I thought Sturm) Cotto-Clottey (I thought Cotto) Pascal-Hop I (I had Hop) Bowe-Tubbs (Draw) Frazier-Cummings (Cummings) Holmes-Harris (Draw) All and all though, great fight and I hope they dance again.
North Cali SOG has registered the Russian's number now and will pick him apart in Fight II. Kovalev melted like butter on a Sin City's hot night. He should have got a split decision win or a draw. But on the U.S. mainland, they will get you if you are a foreigner fighting like a man of straw. Kovalev fought the wrong fight. His game was not tight. He even fought with fright. Holla!


-Yogo :

i'm riding with Paulie and the judges, I had SOG nicking it second half with cleaner shots. But.... That could easily change on second viewing. Krusher in the rematch.


-DaveB :

I wanted Ward to win this. I called for him to win. But in truth I thought he came up short in a close fight. Yes he won the second half of the fight but with him losing the first half plus the knockdown I thought he came up three points short. I want to give him credit for being able to take Kovalev's power. He took that knockdown as well as a knockdown could be taken. He seemed in control of his faculties and was not spaghetti legged at all. He was stunned but seemed in control of himself. He took a solid shot on the chin and was able to get up. Kovalev for all his power is not a one punch knock out guy. As far as clinching I thought Kovalev did his share of it too. Every time Ward got in close Kovalev would initiate a clinch because he knew the advantage belonged to Ward and he wanted to blunt it. I hate to see Kovalev or anyone lose their titles in this way. I don't know if a rematch is economically feasible but there has to be one. I think Ward becomes better the second time around. I see areas where he can and will improve. I don't see the same for Kovalev. I know a lot of people disagree and that is why it has to happen. Plus Kathy says it will.


-JohnnyTango :

I don't like it. Kovalev won more rounds plus a knockdown. BS strikes again.
That's akin to the difference between winning the popular vote and winning the electoral college.


-amayseng :

i'm riding with Paulie and the judges, I had SOG nicking it second half with cleaner shots. But.... That could easily change on second viewing. Krusher in the rematch.
Then you better go back and rewatch it.. Kovalev clearly won 5 of the first 6 rounds and round 10. plus the knockdown gets him the win, not counting some other close rounds. Most have him winning 8, but if you want to just use clear rounds I gave you 6 plus the knockdown shows him winning clearly... next fight kovalev wont wrestle as much he will two step back and rip short hooks,


-Skibbz :

That's akin to the difference between winning the popular vote and winning the electoral college.
Bahahaha my vote for Comment of the Year. Gave me a good chuckle this morning.


-wilyty :

Judges r really biased, Kovalev won the fight for sure. Hope the rematch will be Russia, let justice be done.