Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev (1st meeting)

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Andre Ward 175 lbs beat Sergey Kovalev 175 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

  • Date: 2016-11-19
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Referee: Robert Byrd
  • Judge: Burt A Clements 114-113
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  • Judge: Glenn Trowbridge 114-113
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  • Judge: John McKaie 114-113
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Notes

  • Sergey Kovalev scored a flash knockdown of Ward onto all fours in round 2 with a short punch as both combatants battled on the inside.
  • All three judges scored the bout 114-113 for Andre Ward, who lost the first few rounds, and then gradually fought his way back into the bout.
  • First loss for Kovalev in 32 pro bouts, who complained after the bout of hometown favouritism for Ward from the three American judges.
  • Ward won the bout by winning the final round on the scorecards.
  • Ward told commentator Max Kellerman after the bout he is open to a rematch with Kovalev, whenever Kovalev wants to fight him again.
  • HBO commentator Harold Lederman scored the bout 116-111 for Kovalev, and did not feel the bout was close. Max Kellerman disagreed.
  • Kovalev landed 126 total punches, Ward landed 116 punches. Kovalev dominated round 2 (16 punches landed, Ward only landed 3 punches in this round). This bout was very close.
  • Kovalev received a minimum purse of $2 million and stood to earn a percentage of the profits from his promoter, Main Events. Ward's purse was a career-high $5 million.
  • The fight generated a live gate of $3,341,980 from the sale of 10,066 tickets (with 1,636 complimentary tickets given away and 2,525 unsold tickets), 165,000 pay-per-view buys and $10,7 million in PPV revenue.
  • Official Scorecards.
  • CompuBox Punchstats.

Media Scores

61 TOTAL SCORES POLLED FROM MEDIA [1]

44 Scores for KOVALEV = 72%
16 Scores for WARD = 26%
1 Score for a DRAW = 1%

  • Allan Fox (Boxingnews24): 117-110 Kovalev
  • Doug Fischer (Ring Magazine): 117-110 Kovalev
  • Andrew Harrison (Boxing Monthly): 117-111 Kovalev
  • Harold Lederman (HBO): 116-111 Kovalev
  • Michael Montero (Montero On Boxing): 116-111 Kovalev
  • Tim Dahlberg (AP): 116-111 Kovalev
  • Shaun Brown (TalkingBoxing.uk): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Chris Mannix (Yahoo Sports): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Dan Rafael (ESPN): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Cliff Rold (Boxingscene): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Lance Pugmire (LA Times): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Victor M Salazar (Boxingscene): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Scott Christ (BadLeftHook): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Gareth A Davies (The Telegraph): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Kevin McRae (Bleacher Report): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Steve Zemach (FoxSports640): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Jorge Hernandez (SW Fight): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Tim Starks (Queensberry Rules): 115-112 Kovalev
  • The Guardian Online: 115-112 Kovalev
  • Fraser Coffeen (Bloody Elbow): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Steve Kim (UCN Live): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Bokser.org: 115-112 Kovalev
  • FightersRated: 115-112 Kovalev
  • Heavy Bag Boxing: 115-112 Kovalev
  • Queensberry Rules: 115-112 Kovalev
  • Sam Sheppard (Next Big Pod): 115-112 Kovalev
  • Ron Borges (Boston Herald): 116-114 Kovalev
  • Boxhard Podcast: 115-113 Kovalev
  • Ryan Burton (Boxingscene): 115-113 Kovalev
  • Bernardo Osuna (ESPN Deportes): 115-113 Kovalev
  • Andy Paterson (Boxing Asylum): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Daniel Vano (Checkhookboxing): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Daniel Attias (AUSboxing): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Beau Denison (The Boxing Truth): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Boxing Monthly Online: 114-113 Kovalev
  • Ben Weismann (BoxingAsylum): 114-113 Kovalev
  • G. Leon (Boxtalk): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Bob Velin (USA Today): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Kieran Mulvaney (HBO): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Eric Raskin (HBO): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Stephen A Smith (ESPN): 114-113 Kovalev
  • John Angus MacDonald (Boxing Monthly): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Alex Morris (Next Big Pod): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Danny Winterbottom (Boxing Monthly): 114-113 Kovalev
  • Tony Bellew (Sky Sports): 114-114 DRAW
  • WorldBoxingNews: 114-113 Ward
  • Kevin Iole (Yahoo Sports): 114-113 Ward
  • Wolfgang Schiffbauer (German Freelancer): 114-113 Ward
  • Ramon Aranda (3MoreRounds): 114-113 Ward
  • Brian Campbell (ESPN): 114-113 Ward
  • Mike Coppinger (USA Today): 114-113 Ward
  • New York Post Online: 114-113 Ward
  • LA Times Online: 114-113 Ward
  • Mark Butcher (Boxing Monthly): 114-113 Ward
  • Tom Gray (Ring Magazine): 116-115 Ward
  • Mark Ortega (Freelance): 115-112 Ward
  • Danny Richardson (Script Media): 115-112 Ward
  • Adam Abramowitz (Saturday Night Boxing): 115-112 Ward
  • Paul Smith Jnr (Sky Sports): 116-113 Ward
  • Tom Craze (BadLeftHook): 116-111 Ward
  • Ryan O'Hara (BTG): 114-113 Ward

117-110 KOVALEV: 2
117-111 KOVALEV: 1
116-111 KOVALEV: 3
115-112 KOVALEV: 20
116-114 KOVALEV: 1
115-113 KOVALEV: 3
114-113 KOVALEV: 14
114-114 DRAW: 1
114-113 WARD: 9
116-115 WARD: 1
115-112 WARD: 3
116-113 WARD: 1
116-111 WARD: 1

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