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Kovalev believes he did enough to win.

Sergey Kovalev claims narrow defeat to Andre Ward comes down to politics

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Andre Ward survived an early scare on Saturday night to dethrone an unbeaten Sergey Kovalev in Sin City.

The Russian dominated the first half of the fight, which saw him knock down Ward in the second round, only for the Son of God to use his intelligence to get back into the fight, although Krusher doesn’t agree with the result.

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The judges scored it 114-113 all in favour of Ward as he stripped the three light heavyweight titles away from Kovalev in Las Vegas, but the former champion believes politics made the decision go against him.

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According to The Telegraph, after the fight, he said: “It’s the wrong decision.

“I don’t want to say my opinion, so the people are here, the witnesses are here, and everybody saw what happened.

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“I made the best shape for this fight since I was 11 years old. It was the [biggest] fight of all my life, and really I am disappointed with the judges decision.

“He got a few rounds. I am agreeing with that, it’s not the full fight and controlled all the rounds. I lost maybe three rounds in all the fight.

Sergey Kovalev v Andre Ward

“Of course I want a rematch. And I will kick his ass. I just wanted to show boxing I am a good boxer and fight rounds – not small rounds.”

POLITICS

While Ward made his Las Vegas debut in comparison to Kovalev’s third, he had no issue with the crowd backing the American; but he wasn’t too pleased with the fact that all three judges were American, claiming politics came in the way of him ending Ward’s unbeaten record.

He added: “I am the guest here in the USA, he’s a local and all the judges were from the USA.

“I agree they support a boxer but be honest; this is a sport – don’t make it politics. I won this fight, and everybody agreed.”

The Californian did give his rival some credit after his win, but there was no talk of an immediate rematch, claiming the right man won.

Ward explained: “I’ve been a champion and was a champion before I came in here, and I knew it was going to be a tough fight.

“He did everything I expected him too, including fade a little bit. He started to slow up; he never quit, but he started to slow.

“Sometimes you are going to win close fights, and that’s the way it is. At the end of the day, I am a two-division world champion, a five-time world champion and I’ve been nothing but a champion, so I will leave it for the people, the pundits and the critics to say.

“I’m just happy we got this decision.

While it’ll be a bitter pill for the Russian to swallow, he could be waiting a while before getting a potential rematch.

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