Ward vs Kovalev

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  • Ward vs Kovalev
  • 30-0-0  30-0-1
  • UD 12 UD 12
  • Score Cards 114-113, 114-113, 114-113
  • Saturday 19th November 2016
  • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA
  • WBA Super World Light Heavyweight Championship
  • IBF World Light heavyweight Championship
  • Vacant WBO World Light heavyweight Championship
  • 12 Round Contest @ Light Heavyweight
  • Tape
  • 32 age 33
  • 6' 0" / 183cm height 6' 0" / 183cm
  • 70.9" / 180cm reach 72.4" / 184cm
  • Orthodox (r) stance Orthodox (r)
  • tape record
  • UD UD TKO UD TKO < form UD RTD KO TKO UD <
  • 30 wins 30
  • 15 by ko 26
  • 50% Ko% 87%
  • 0 Losses 0
  • draws 1
  • 2004 Debut 2009
  • tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight
  • 2 WBA
  • WBC
  • 1 WBO
  • 1 IBF

Ward vs Kovalev Info

Andre Ward beat Sergey Kovalev by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 19th November 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The scorecards were announced as 114-113, 114-113, 114-113 in favor of winner Andre Ward.

The fight took place over rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).

This was of the World Boxing Super Series.

This contest was for the unified light heavyweight championship of the world, with the WBA, IBF & WBO belts on the line.

Ward vs Kovalev stats

Andre Ward stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 30 wins, zero loses and 0  draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Sergey Kovalev made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 30 wins and 1 draw, with 26 of those by knock out.

The stats suggested Kovalev had a massive power advantage over Ward, boosting at 87% knock out percentage over Ward's 50%.

Andre Ward was the younger man by 1 year, at 36 years old.

Kovalev had 1-inch reach advantage.

Both Andre Ward & Sergey Kovalev fought out of an orthodox stance.

Ward was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 1 less fights, and made his debut in 2004, 4 years and 7 months earlier than Kovalev, who’s first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 54 more professional rounds, 238 to Kovalev's 184.

Andre Ward went into the fight ranked number 2 by the WBA, 1 by the WBO and 1 by the IBF in the 175lb division.

Ward vs Kovalev form

Ward remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 1 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Sergey Kovalev 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, United States.

Previous to that, he had defeated Alexander Brand on 6th August 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Oracle Arena, Oakland.

Going into that contest, he had beat Sullivan Barrera on 26th March 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Oracle Arena, Oakland.

Before that, he had won against Paul Smith on 20th June 2015 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Oracle Arena, Oakland.

He had beat Edwin Rodriguez on 16th November 2013 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario.

Kovalev had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Anthony Yarde on 24th August 2019 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Previous to that, he had defeated Eleider Alvarez on 2nd February 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States.

Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Eleider Alvarez on 4th August 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey.

Before that, he had won against Igor Mikhalkin on 3rd March 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.

He had defeated Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on 25th November 2017 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Sergey Kovalev had been fighting more than Andre Ward.

Going to this contest, Andre Ward had last fought 3 years 11 months and 9 days ago, while Sergey Kovalev's last outing had been 1 year 2 months and 4 days ago.

Ward's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 57 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11.4 rounds on average.

Kovalev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year 8 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.8 rounds on average.

Who broadcast Ward vs Kovalev?

Ward vs Kovalev was broadcast on HBO PPV in the US, while the fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by Sky Sports 1.

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