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Sergey Kovalev vs Vyacheslav Shabranskyy report
Who won Kovalev vs Shabranskyy?
Sergey Kovalev beat Vyacheslav Shabranskyy by technical knockout in the 2nd round on Saturday 25th November 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This contest was for the WBO light heavyweight championship of the world.
Kovalev vs Shabranskyy stats
Sergey Kovalev stepped into the ring with a record of 30 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw.
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy made his way to the ring with a record of 19 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws.
Sergey Kovalev was the older man by 4 years, at 40 years old.
Shabranskyy had a height advantage of 4 inches over Kovalev. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Sergey Kovalev & Vyacheslav Shabranskyy fought out of an orthodox stance.
Kovalev was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 13 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 3 years and 1 month earlier than Shabranskyy, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 97 more professional rounds, 194 to Shabranskyy's 97.
Sergey Kovalev went into the fight ranked number 6 by the WBA and 2 by the WBO at light heavyweight.
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy was ranked number 10 by the WBO in the 175lb division.
Kovalev vs Shabranskyy form
Kovalev had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Andre Ward on 17th June 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight, IBF World Light heavyweight, WBO World Light heavyweight and The Ring Light Heavyweight championship fight at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Andre Ward on 19th November 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight, IBF World Light heavyweight and WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had won against Isaac Chilemba on 11th July 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight, IBF World Light heavyweight and WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Before that, he had beat Jean Pascal on 30th January 2016 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their IBF World Light heavyweight, WBA Super World Light Heavyweight and WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.
He had defeated Nadjib Mohammedi on 25th July 2015 by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight, IBF World Light heavyweight and WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States.
Kovalev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 10 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 6 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
What time did Kovalev vs Shabranskyy start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Kovalev vs Shabranskyy?
Kovalev vs Shabranskyy was broadcast on HBO in the US, while the fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by Sky Sports Main Event.
What were the odds on Kovalev vs Shabranskyy?
Sergey Kovalev was a 3/50 (-1700) favourite going into the contest, while Vyacheslav Shabranskyy made his way into the ring at 15/2 (+750) with oddsmakers.
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