Kovalev scores one-punch KO of Agnew
- Updated: March 29, 2014
Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) made the second defense of his light heavyweight title on Saturday night, as he scored a seventh round knockout of the previously unbeaten Cedric Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Kovalev had no trouble getting control of the fight early on, as Agnew stayed defensive, though he did manage to connect with a few right hands that stopped the “Krusher” in his tracks.
In the second round, Kovalev landed a left hand near the end of the stanza that sent Agnew down hard.
Later in the fight, Kovalev found himself on the canvas from pain, after Agnew landed a low blow that earned him a warning. Still, it was all Kovalev and though Agnew seemed to be taking the punches well, he simply wasn’t busy enough to even come close to winning a round.
In the sixth round, Kovalev landed a left hand that caused Agnew to dip into a squat near the corner, prompting the referee to call it a knockdown, though his knee never actually touched the canvas. In the seventh, Kovalev attacked the body and after Agnew began to wince from body blows, Kovalev landed a stiff left to the rib cage that sent Agnew down for the count.
In the co-featured bout, Thomas Dulorme earned a unanimous decision win over Karim Mayfield in a juniorn welterweight bout.
Dulorme stunned Mayfield with a left in the first round and then a second time before the end of the round. Mayfield would have issues early on with Dulorme’s height and long reach, unable to get close enough to land anything of significance, but as the fight wore on, he’d close the distance to land his own looping right hands.
In the sixth round, Dulorme stunned Mayfield again and had him in a bit of trouble, but was unable to put him down. Final scores were 98-92, 97-94 and 96-93.