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Sergey Kovalev handed Nathan Cleverly his first professional loss by stopping the Welshman in the fourth round to take his rival's WBO light-heavyweight title on Saturday.
The unbeaten Kovalev claimed his 22nd win after flooring Cleverly twice in the third round before forcing referee Terry O'Connor to step in 29 seconds into the following round after the Russian unleashed a series of power shots that had his opponent wobbling.
Cleverly, whose record is 26-1, had been seeking a victory in his fifth title defense to set up unification fights in the United States, but it was Kovalev (22-0-1 with 20 knockouts) who emerged from the Motorpoint Arena in the Welsh capital with his reputation enhanced after a brutal performance.
Kovalev, who is based in the U.S., is known for his fast starts - 18 of his previous 21 wins had come in the first three rounds - and he made another here as he successfully deployed his jab to dominate the first round.
A big left rocked Cleverly in the third before he went down after a clubbing right from Kovalev. The champion got back on his feet but was back down moments later following another blow to the head.
The bell saved Cleverly but it was only a temporary reprieve, with a right-left hook combination from Kovalev forcing the referee to end the contest.
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Nathan Cleverly and Sergey Kovalev weighed in today ahead of their HBO bout in Cardiff, Wales that will see Cleverly attempt to defend his WBO light heavyweight title. Cleverly (26-0) weighed in at 174 pounds while his challenger, Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KO) weighed in at 173, both under the 175-pound limit.
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The Nathan Cleverly vs. Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight title fight took place tonight at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. The undefeated Welshman Cleverly, coming into the fight with a 26-0 record with 12 KOs, looked to defend his WBO strap against his best and fiercest opponent to date, "Krusher" Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KOs). Would Cleverly's boxing secure the...
Sergey Kovalev handed Nathan Cleverly his first professional loss, stopping the Welshman in the fourth round to take the WBO light-heavyweight title Saturday night.
The unbeaten Kovalev claimed his 22nd win after flooring Cleverly twice in the third round before forcing referee Terry O'Connor to step in 29 seconds into fourth after the Russian unleashed a series of power shots...
This is your non-spoiler post for the HBO light heavyweight bout between Sergey Kovalev and Nathan Cleverly. If you want to wait until 9:45 p.m. to watch the fight live, read no further.
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Tomorrow night in Cardiff, Wales, Nathan Cleverly looks to defend his WBO light heavyweight title against hard-hitting challenger Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev. Right here, you'll find the Cleverly vs. Kovalev weigh-in results to see how the fighters looked as they get ready for their hotly anticipated battle.
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The hometown hero went down like a ton of bricks Saturday as Sergey Kovalev knocked out the previously undefeated Nathan Cleverly becoming the new WBO light heavyweight champion at the Motorpoint Arean in Cardiff, Wales U.K.
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