Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew

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2014-03-29 : Sergey Kovalev 174¼ lbs beat Cedric Agnew 174½ lbs by KO at 0:58 in round 7 of 12

Notes

  • Unique technical bout posed style challenge to Kovalev, taken to round 7 for only second time. He went 8 rounds with Darnell Boone in 2010.
  • To win, Agnew needed to emerge from his defensive shell significantly and take chances. Agnew played a waiting game and was broken down.
  • Left jab hook to the chin by Kovalev knocked down Agnew for first time in his career in round 2, Agnew getting caught out of foot position.
  • Kovalev down on canvas for first time in his career in round 4 after a headbutt by Agnew, ruled no knockdown by referee Samuel Viruet.
  • Kovalev in trouble spot for first time in his career, cut over his right eye from a butt in round 4, and cut over left eye from an elbow in round 6.
  • Agnew fought bout as a southpaw defensive counter puncher, his hands upraised in a tight defense. Agnew wanted a one punch opportunity.
  • One of Agnew's knees grazed the canvas when he crouched down after getting hit in round 6, ruled a knockdown by referee Samuel Viruet
  • Kovalev found a hole in Agnew's defensive armor, using power left hooks to body to break Agnew down, knocking him out at 0:58 of round 7.
  • In the post-fight interview with Max Kellerman, Kovalev cursed out Adonis Stevenson, and said he will fight any opponent in his division.
  • Satellite transmission problems due to a violent storm caused TV interference. At times viewers heard static, or a second unrelated telecast.