Ko­valev cries foul af­ter Ward stun­ner

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SERGEY KO­VALEV ac­cused Amer­i­can judges of favour­ing Andre Ward af­ter the Rus­sian suf­fered a con­tro­ver­sial de­feat by de­ci­sion in their world lightheavy­weight ti­tle bat­tle yestr­day.

Many neu­trals at ring­side be­lieved Ko­valev – who scored the fight’s only knock­down when he sent Ward to the can­vas in the sec­ond round – had done enough to re­tain his WBA, WBO and IBF crowns.

But the three US judges scor­ing an at­tri­tional bout at Las Ve­gas’s T-Mo­bile Arena all gave more weight to Ward’s dis­ci­plined dis­play over the clos­ing stages, when he landed scor­ing blows as the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Ko­valev tired.

All three judges scored it 114-113 in Ward’s favour, im­prov­ing the 2004 Olympic cham­pion’s record to 31-0 with 15 knock­outs.

Ko­valev how­ever was dis­traught at the loss, which he sug­gested was in­flu­enced by his na­tion­al­ity.

“It’s the wrong de­ci­sion. But I don’t want to give my opinion. Ev­ery­body is here, wit­nesses are here, ev­ery­body saw what hap­pened,” he said. “He got maybe a few rounds. But not the whole fight. I kept con­trol. I lost maybe three rounds. Look at his face and look at my face. “I’m a guest here in the USA and he’s a lo­cal, and all the judges are from the USA. I agree they sup­port their boxer but hon­estly, this is sport. Don’t make it like pol­i­tics.” – AFP

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