News | Nov 09 2014

Boxing results: Sergey Kovalev dominates Bernard Hopkins and wins wide decision

Sergey Kovalev drops Bernard Hopkins in round one and dominates to win lopsided decision
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SERGEY KOVALEV joined forces with Father Time and swamped Bernard Hopkins. The Russian claimed an emphatic, and unanimous decision, as two scores of 120-107 and one of 120-106 added the WBA and IBF light-heavyweight belts to his WBO belt.

Those at Atlantic City hoping to witness another ‘Alien’ landing sensed trouble early on as the 49-year-old hit the canvas in the opening round. The wily old American immediately looked at the canvas in mock disbelief, indicating he had slipped, but replays revealed a clumping right hand from Kovalev was a huge factor in the knockdown.

“I was pacing myself,” Kovalev explained afterwards. “A knockdown is just a knockdown, there were many more rounds to go. I wanted to show myself, and boxing fans, that I could box [as well as punch].”