Sergey Kovalev vs. Isaac Chilemba
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Sergey Kovalev 175 lbs beat Isaac Chilemba 175 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Date: 2016-07-11
- Location: DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia
- Referee: Charlie Fitch
- Judge: Chris Flores 116-111
- Judge: Zoltan Enyedi 117-110
- Judge: Gustavo Jarquin 118-109
- Supervisor: Lindsey Tucker
- Supervisor: Thomas Puetz
- Supervisor: Istvan Kovacs
- Promoter: Kathy Duva (Main Events)
- Aired On: HBO, BoxNation
- WBO World light heavyweight title (8th defence by Kovalev)
- WBA Super World light heavyweight title (4th defence by Kovalev)
- IBF World light heavyweight title (4th defence by Kovalev)
- Isaac Chilemba became only the second fighter to go the distance with Kovalev in a world title bout, after B-Hop Bernard Hopkins.
- Chilemba was down in the seventh round.
- Chilemba, a Malawi born South African veteran of 30 professional bouts, won up to three rounds on the scorecards against Kovalev.
- Chilemba, fighting in Kovalev's hometown, took every shot Kovalev threw, landing some counters. Chilemba had a bloody nose at bout's end.
- Kovalev stated after the bout "There was no aim to knock him out, but the main aim was to gain experience from this fight for the next fight in November in Las Vegas (with Andre Ward).” Ward responded he saw more than enough Kovalev style flaws in this bout to beat Kovalev.