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].”