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Kovalev beats Hopkins in a unanimous points decision
By Andrew Scott Tuesday, 11 November 2014 01:55
Hopkins, who in January will be 50-years-old, was sent to the floor in the bout’s opening round thanks to a straight right hit by Kovalev, and the Russian won with an undisputed points decision. The fight’s judges scored the meeting at 120-107, 120-107 and 120-106 in favour of Kovalev.
Hopkins, who gave himself the nickname ‘The Alien’ due to the length of his career in the ring, made two of his career’s most important wins in the venue at New Jersey – in 2008 by beating Kelly Pavlik, and in 2006 he had his first win in the light-heavyweight division championship when he took out Antonio Tarver.
And Kovalev, 31-years-old, was able to get to get the better of Hopkins in their clash on Saturday night. Bookmaker software services know that the Russian never went more than eight rounds in his career in the professional ranks, and was already the WBO champion moving into the fight.
Kovalev was now able add to his belt collection the WBA Super and IBF world titles, to the delight of his fans all over the world.
“I give him a lot of respect,” said the veteran after the bout. “We both would fight anyone and that’s how we ended up here tonight. That’s what brought us together. That’s what the people want to see, one title, one belt, one champion.
“He had a really good game plan.
“When he got hit with some of my shots he would step back. But he used his reach and his distance and that was the key to his victory. He has very good mechanics and patience. It was smart that he stayed patient. He had a really good game plan. I will give him that.
“Every time I tried to engage he would step back and counter over my jab.”
Kovalev had good things to say about Hopkins, but believes that he should finally retire from the sport.
“He was a really tough opponent,” said Kovalev. “He is very good at keeping distance. I really respect him for the fight but he needs to stop his career, I think, because he’s already done a lot in the boxing world and he needs to give an opportunity to younger fighters to be champions. I’m next.
“I needed to keep control for the whole fight. I wanted to show to my fans and boxing fans how I can box. I think I did it.”