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Hopkins: Kovalev Was Better Man, Stuck To His Plan

Sergey Kovalev punished 49-year-old ring legend Bernard Hopkins over 12 rounds on Saturday, unifying three light heavyweight world titles with a lopsided unanimous decision. Hopkins, the ageless “alien,” was brought to earth with a thud when Kovalev knocked him down in the first round.

The hard-hitting Russian powered on from there, never troubled as he added Hopkins’ World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles to his own World Boxing Organisation belt. Two judges scored the bout 120-107 for Kovalev, while a third saw it 120-106 for the 31-year-old Russian, who had never been past the eighth round in 26 prior fights.

Kovalev improved to 26-0 with one drawn and 23 knockouts. Hopkins, who will turn 50 in January, fell to 55-7-2, enduring the most lopsided decision of his career.

“The better man was Kovalev,” Hopkins said. “He fought a great technical fight. He used his reach and he used his distance and that was the key. I was engaging, I knew if I could get a good shot in I could turn things around. He stuck to his game plan and he’s going to be around for a long time. I’ve got respect for a guy that comes to fight and wants to fight everybody."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MrClutch85 on 11-09-2014

John David Jackson put together a great gameplan for Kovalev to beat Hopkins

Comment by TudorMiron on 11-09-2014

[QUOTE=drenlou;15086598]i understand that, but you have to take into consideration of the skill levels of fighters he will be potentially facing in the future, like a ward, pascal, dirrell, has anyone kovalev has faced ever prepared him for fighters with…

Comment by Divine Hammer on 11-09-2014

kovalev is the real #1 at LHW. forget that ducking punk adonis stevenson. ring magazine should strip adonis of the ring belt and give it to kovalev.

Comment by TRTboy on 11-09-2014

[QUOTE=drenlou;15086540]his power is definately great, but you see as this guy moves up in competition and fights veterans of the sport its [B]very easy to take him into deep waters[/B],as was shown tonite by the very first fighter to go…

Comment by LouIE G on 11-09-2014

[QUOTE=junior gong;15087024]I said that? I said I expected Hopkins to pull some shady crap, which props to him, he didnt. You on the other hand were just racetarding as usual and showing you know absolutely fuk all about boxing. 'He…

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