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Kovalev vs Ward results: Andre Ward wins narrow decision

Andre Ward took a tight victory and three title belts tonight.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

There will be bickering, there will be arguing, there will be debates. But the history books will show Andre Ward as the winner over Sergey Kovalev tonight on HBO pay-per-view, by the slimmest of margins: 114-113 on all three judges’ scorecards, keeping his undefeated record and winning the WBA, IBF, and WBO light heavyweight title belts.

Ward (31-0, 15 KO) was dropped in the second round, and had a fairly slow start to the night. But as the fight progressed, he found his footing, found some rhythm, and used a harsh body attack to slow down Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO), whose early energy wasn’t sustained throughout the night, and really couldn’t have been.

The fight coming down to a debatable decision is really too bad, given the ease with which boxing fans cry “robbery.” Darleys Perez was robbed tonight. Sergey Kovalev lost a close decision. For the record, BLH had it 115-112, seven rounds to five, for Sergey Kovalev, but this one was tough to score, with plenty of rounds that could have gone either way.

“I knew it was a close fight. You never know how judges are going to score it,” Ward told Max Kellerman. He also said he would give Kovalev a rematch, but that he wasn’t going to negotiate a fight right now.

“It’s the wrong decision. I don’t want to say my opinion, there are witnesses here. Everybody saw what happened,” Kovalev said.

Kovalev landed 126 of 474 (27%) of his total punches, including 48 of 242 (20%) of his jabs, and 78 of 232 (34%) of his power punches. Ward landed 116 of 337 (34%) of his total punches, 55 of 168 (33%) on jabs, and 61 of 169 (36%) of his power shots.

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