By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1 / 26 by KO) successfully defended his title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba (24-4-2 / 10 by KO) on Monday night July 11, 2016 at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Kovalev wins the first three rounds by being a bit more effective and aggressive with his punches. Then he narrowly drops the fourth, the fifth and the sixth rounds to have the bout surprisingly even (on my scorecard) than most thought it would be at the half way mark.
Round seven is big for Kovalev, as in the last 45 seconds he lands a straight left followed by a hard right hand flush to the jaw that sends Chilemba staggering onto the ropes and down for the count.
Round eight is another big round for Kovalev as he hurts Chilemba again, but just can’t finish off the game challenger for the knockout as the round ends.
Kovalev closes the show in dominating fashion to capture all the remaining rounds.
The judges scores were 117-110, 116-111, 118-109 … my scorecard was 117-110, nine rounds to three for Sergey Kovalev.
With the win, this certainly sets up a mega (PPV) fight next for the Russian champion against unbeaten former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (29-0 / 15 by KO) scheduled for November 19, 2016 in Las Vegas … but first, Ward must take care of his own business in his next bout against Alexander Brand (25-1 / 19 by KO) on August 6, 2016.