Sergey Kovalev UD 12 Bernard Hopkins live round-by-round updates
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — RingTV.com has a live round-by-round update of tonight’s HBO-televised light heavyweight title unification fight during which WBO titleholder Sergey Kovalev dropped Bernard Hopkins once in the first round of a unanimous decision that earned Hopkins’ IBF and WBA belts at Boardwalk Hall.
Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 knockouts) turns 50 in January.
In March 2013, Hopkins, then 48, dethroned previously unbeaten Tavoris Cloud by unanimous decision to extend his own record as the oldest man to win a significant crown. Hopkins first set the record at the age of 46 by outpointing Jean Pascal for the WBC’s title in May 2011.
Hopkins became the oldest man to unify titles in April, flooring Beibut Shumenov in the 11th round of a unanimous decision to add the WBA title to his IBF belt.
Hopkins was trying to surpass the third record against Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs), a 31-year-old who had gone 13-0-1 winner with 13 knockouts in his past 14 fights.
HBO’s broadcast begins at 10:45 p.m ET/PT
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Referee: David Fields
Judges: Larry Layton scores it 120-106, and both Clark Sammartino and Carlos Ortiz Jr. score it 120-107 all for Kovalev.
SERGEY KOVALEV WINS BY UNANIMOUS DECISION!!!!
Kovelev enters first, and then, Hopkins, wearing the Martian Alien mask, of course.
From the one and only Michael Buffer: LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!
WOW!!! Kovalev being booed during the introductions!!!! Hopkins’ cheered. The crowd’s behind him.
RINGTV.COM HAS IT FOR KOVALEV, 120-106
Round 1: Hopkins wearing black trunks with geen trim and yellow leters that read “ALIEN” across the waist. Hopkins bangs his gloves together to star. Hopkins circling. Crowd changing USA. Hopkins lands a right, Kovalev two rights lightly to Hopkins’ body. Little action as Hopkins circles and Kovalev stalks. Clinch. Hopkins lifts Kovalev’s right leg. Fields breaks them. Long light jab by Kovalev to the body. RIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE HEAD, HOPKINS GOES DOWN.. He’s up. Another right by Kovalev. Left by Kovalev. Three more right hands to the head of Hopkins, who tries to cover up. Kovalev, 10-8.
Round 2: Kovalev looks strong. Kovalev hammering away with rights and lefts as Hopkins clinches. Right to the body by Kovalev against the ropes. Jab by Kovalev. Kovalev measuring with his left. Hopkins trying to find a place to land a shot but can’t find one. Jab by Hopkins. Good presure by Kovalev. Right by Kovalev. Right to the body by Kovalev. Right by Kovalev, left to the body by Hopkins, right and a left by Kovalev. Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 20-17.
Round 3: More of the same in the third. Jab to the chest and right to the head by Kovalev. KOVALEV DOWN, but it’s ruled a slip. Hopkins wanted the knockdown called. Left uppercut on the ropes by Kovalev. Kovalev doesn’t look hurt. Right by Hopkins swivels Kovalev’s head, but Kovalev answers with one of his own. Jab by Kovalev and a missed right. He’s still in control. Left by Hopkins sneaks in. Right and a left by Kovalev. Left by Hopkins and a right. Right to the ear by Kovalev. Jab by Kovalev. Kovalev closes with a right, left, right, left combination. Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 30-26.
Round 4: Hopkins still fighting off the ropes. Right by Kovalev and two misses. Jab, jab both to the body by Kovalev. Kovalev continues to pressure well. Hopkins looking for the counter. Two jabs and two right hands by Kovalev, and Hopkins counters with a right. Right hand on the ropes by Kovalev. Crowd trying to get behind Hopkins. Kovalev jabs to body to end the round. Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 40-35.
Round 5: Hopkins in the corner early and Kovalev’s jabbing. Right by Kovalev and a left to the body. Kovalev looking to land the right hand and Hopkins continues to duck beneath it. Hopkins beinf forced back by the jab. Right by Kovalev. Left by Kovalev and another. Two lefts by Kovalev and a right by Hopkins. Kovalev doesn’t respect Hopkins’ power. Jab by Hopkins. Kovalev jabs twice to the adomen at the bell.
Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 50-44.
Round 6: Right to the body and another to the arm. Two hard rights to Hopkins head for Kovalev as well as a jab. Good patience by Kovalev. Right by Kovalev. Two more jabs to the body by Kovalev and two rights to the head on the ropes. Left by Hopkins, but Kovalev doesn’t show the affect. Jab by Hopkins. Right by Kovalev. Right and a left by Kovalev. Right to the body by Hopkins, who takes a right to the head. Left by Hopkins. Hard right hand by Kovalev at the bell. Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 60-53.
Round 7: Hopkins takes two jabs and a right all to the body early on the ropes. Hopkins can’t get off. Kovalev’s timing is solid. Left by Hopkins and a right. The crowd’s getting riled up. Right by Kovalev. Right to the body and left to the head by Kovalev. Right to the head by Kovalev. Another right by Kovalev. Left and a right both by Kovalev in the center of the ring. Two jabs to the body by Kovalev. Hopkins grazes with a jab. Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 70-62.
Round 8: Two hard right hands early from Kovalev. Hopkins trying to get back in it. Hard right to the body by Kovalev. Right uppercut, and later, a left. HARD RIGHT HAND HOPKINS WOBBLES HOPKINS. He recovers to land a nice body shot on Kovalev. Hook by Kovalev. Hard right hand by Hopkins. Kovalev comes back with one of his own. Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 80-71.
Round 9: Hard right early by Kovalev. Another. Right, left, right, left all by Kovalev. Right by Kovalev and another. Kovalev’s deceptive head movement preventing Hopkins from finding a mark. Hopkins lands a jab and later, a hook. Hard righ and a left by Kovalev and a jab to the body. Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 90-80.
Round 10: Triple-jab and right hand by Kovalev. Jab and right by Hopkins. Left to the head and body by Kovalev. Right and a left by Kovalev. Another right by Kovalev. Jab, jab, right by Kovalev. Jab bby Hopkins. Right, double-left by Kovalev back Hopkins to the ropes. Hard right by Hopkins and a hook. Hook by Hopkins. Kovalev comes back with two right hands. Left hook by Kovalev. Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 100-89.
Round 11: Kovalev continues to pressure behind the jab and right hand, undeterred by anything Hopkins can offer. Right, right, left by Kovalev. Right by Hopkins, but it’s only grazing. No sign of the fatigue Hopkins expected from Kovalev. Left by Hopkins, rights by Kovalev prior to the bell. Kovalev, 10-9; Kovalev, 110-98
Round 12: Kovalev. Kovalev hammering aay. Hopkins lands a left hand and a right. Kovalev drilling Hopkins in one corner and then another. Hopkins standing up to the pressure. HARD RIGHT HAND BY KOVALEV, HOPKINS REELING ALONG THE ROPES, GETTING DRILLED. THREE MORE HARD RIGHT HANDS. HOPKINS NEARLY GOES DOWN. HOPKINS STAYS ON HIS FEET. Kovalev, 10-8; Kovalev, 120-106.
RINGTV.COM HAS IT FOR KOVALEV, 120-106