Ko­valev says favouritism at play in de­ci­sion loss

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

SERGEY Ko­valev ac­cused Amer­i­can judges of favour­ing An­dre Ward af­ter the Rus­sian suf­fered a con­tro­ver­sial de­feat by de­ci­sion in their world light-heavy­weight ti­tle bat­tle on Novem­ber 19.

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 TMo­bile 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 114113 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.”

The sta­tis­tics from a grip­ping 12-rounder re­flected the close­ness of the bat­tle.

Ko­valev landed more punches, 126-116, and more power punches, 78 to 61.

Ward how­ever, who stepped up a di­vi­sion to take on Ko­valev, landed more jabs, 55-48. –

Photo: AFP

An­dre Ward (right) of the US de­fends against Sergey Ko­valev of Rus­sia dur­ing their WBA, IBF and WBO light-heavy­weight world cham­pi­onship fight on Novem­ber 19 in Las Ve­gas.

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