Date: 20th November 2016 at 11:19am
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When the points? scores were announced at the climax of the light-heavyweight fight for the WBA, IBF and WBO versions of the title, scoring it 114-113 was always going to be a contentious issue.

After the announcement, the Kovalev camp was not happy. His promoter Kathy Duva immediately suggested she was going to activate the re-match clause in the contract, with Kathy Duva remarking,

‘He won the first six rounds so I don’t know how he could lose a decision?

Whilst the beaten Russian fighter suspected he?d been the victim of a home decision, commenting to the media,

‘I agree they support their boxer but honestly, this is sport. Don’t make it like politics?

And when probed on whether he?d be prepared to fight Ward again, courtesy of the re-match clause in the contract, the Russian responded with,

‘Sure – and I’ll kick his ass.’

And on summing up the fight, Kovalev had this to say,

‘It was a fight of my life.

‘I am disappointed in the judges’ decision. He got maybe a few rounds, I agree with that. I kept control. I lost maybe three rounds the whole fight.”


Is Kovalev right, did he nick it, or was he robbed by a home town decision?

Your views would be greatly appreciated.