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Smith, Macklin Side With Andre Ward: He Beat Sergey Kovalev

By Edward Chaykovsky

While many in the United States saw a robbery last Saturday night, there seems to be a lot of experts in the UK who disagree. Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports' Adam Smith had Andre Ward (31-0, 15KOs) winning a twelve round decision over Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26KOs).

WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and Sky Sport's Johnny Nelson - both had it scored a draw. 

The three official judges, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, had Ward winning by one point, 114-113, which give him Kovalev's WBO, WBA, IBF light heavyweight world titles. Ward was down in the second round.

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Also watching the fight, on behalf of Sky Sports, where Paul Smith and Matthew Macklin.

Macklin, who competes in the middleweight division, saw Ward win a close decision by two points. He felt Ward did just enough to nick many of the rounds in the second half.

"It was a razor-thin decision, but then again every round was razor-thin. I don't really see how anyone dominated the fight. Every round was close but I thought Andre was landing the better jabs. If someone said they'd given it to Kovalev by one or two rounds I wouldn't really have argued, I just thought Ward won the fight. I had it 115-113 and it was a very, very close fight," Macklin told Sky Sports.

"You know sometimes early on in a fight - when Kovalev scored the knockdown - what happens is a lot of people can only look at what he's doing and see what punches he lands but Andre Ward came back, won the third, won the fourth, then the fifth - not big - but he won the rounds and got back into the game."

Smith, who Ward actually fought and stopped last June, had the Olympic gold medal winner even further up - winning the titles by three points.

"I had Ward by three. It was a very close fight and thankfully all three judges scored it that way and you can't call it robbery. It was just a very close fight and could've gone either way, depending on how you scored those rounds. You couldn't have argued by two rounds either way, but for me, I though Ward did the better work and landed the better shots throughout the fight," Smith said.

"Kovalev was always going to land big, eye-catching shots and shots that would grab the attention of people because of the power he has and when a fighter has a knockdown, you lean towards him. But Ward did great to come back from that and win the next three rounds. It was very subjective scoring but from where I saw it, Ward just did enough."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chollo Vista on 11-23-2016

[QUOTE=1g5a22;17224610]-Mosley had it a draw -RJJ had Kovalev. -SRL had Kovalev -Tarver had Kovalev -Lomachenko had Kovalev -K9 had Kovalev -Ndam had a draw -Vanes had a draw -Walters had a draw -Foreman thought Ward needed a KO! -Chop Chop…

Comment by 12TRIBEsRiSe on 11-23-2016

Its a draw or a 1 point victory by either guy, all this crying about the worst robbery in boxing history is plain trash, walters last fight which was a draw was a robbery and nobody complained u people are…

Comment by 1g5a22 on 11-23-2016

-Mosley had it a draw -RJJ had Kovalev. -SRL had Kovalev -Tarver had Kovalev -Lomachenko had Kovalev -K9 had Kovalev -Ndam had a draw -Vanes had a draw -Walters had a draw -Foreman thought Ward needed a KO! -Chop Chop…

Comment by taes on 11-23-2016

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;17223264]75%? Where you get that from buddy?[/QUOTE]there's some guy who pulls together stats on all kinds of stuff. i'll dig it out and send on.

Comment by Ake-Dawg on 11-22-2016

[QUOTE=taes;17222601]they all agreed it was a close fight with 75% of them giving Kovalev the nod. those are pretty significant stats.[/QUOTE] 75%? Where you get that from buddy?

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