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Kovalev dominates Hopkins to unify light heavyweight titles

Photo: HBO Sports

Photo: HBO Sports

Sergey Kovalev remained unbeaten tonight, as he took living legend Bernard Hopkins to school in a clean sweep, unanimous decision win at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) got off to a quick start, as he connected with a counter right hand to the temple of Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) that sent him down.  Though Hopkins seemed to be OK, it was obvious he was going to respect Kovalev’s power moving forward.  As the rounds progressed, Hopkins’ work rate remained low as he tried to look for openings to counter.

Right hands were the order of the night for Kovalev, who found success with them repeatedly and though Hopkins began to time them a little better as the fight went on, he was unable to mount much of an offense.

In the eighth round, Kovalev drilled Hopkins with a lead right hand that nearly sent him down again, but remained on his feet.  In the 12th round, Hopkins went all out, rocking Kovalev early on, but it was “The Krusher” who came on strong in the second half of the round, pounding on Hopkins along the ropes for the remainder of the round.

In the end, scores were 120-107, 120-107 and 120-106 for Kovalev.

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