Andre Ward Defeats Sergey Kovalev in Controversial Decision
Andre Ward remained undefeated this weekend, when he earned a unanimous decision against Sergey Kovalev to claim three light heavyweight world title belts.
However, the win was controversial, as most believed his performance wasn't as convincing as the scorecards showed, though fans at T-Mobile Arena in Nevada cheered his victory.
All three judges scored the bout 114-113 for Ward (31–0), who survived a second-round knockdown.
"I was not surprised when I heard the decision," said Ward after the fight. "I don't know where you got that from. I know it was a close fight. The crowd, you can hear they thought I won."
Kovalev (30–1–1), who suffered his first career loss, disagreed with the scoring, believing he had won. "It's the wrong decision. I don't want to say my opinion," he said. "The witnesses are here. They saw it. It's my job. It was a fight of my life. I am disappointed in the judges' decision.
"[Ward] got maybe a few rounds. I agree with that. I kept control. I lost maybe three rounds the whole fight. It is the USA and all the judges were from the USA. It's a sport. Don't make it politics. It's a sport, and I won the fight."
Despite the controversy, Ward was excited about his accomplishment. "This is a beautiful thing. We did it, baby. It's a lot of hardware," he said, as he was presented with the belts. "Surreal. This is what we set out to do. I'm a five-[belt] world champion in two different weight classes. Man, it's amazing."
Ward and Kovalev will likely see each other in a rematch, as Kovalev's side says he plans to exercise his right to an immediate rematch.