ward shows just enough for decision
LAS VEGAS — Sergey Kovalev kept coming, and Andre Ward never stopped battling. With the crowd roaring, Ward won a narrow decision late Saturday to take Kovalev's light heavyweight titles in a battle of unbeatens.
Ward survived a second-round knockdown and relentless pressure from Kovalev, doing just enough to win by a point on all three ringside scorecards.
"This was a beautiful thing. We did it baby," Ward said.
All three ringside judges had Ward (31-0) winning 114-113.
"It was a fight of my life," said Kovalev, 33, who fell to 30-1-1. "I am disappointed in the judges' decision. He got maybe a few rounds, I agree with that. I kept control."
Ward, 32, won all of the last six rounds on two scorecards, and five of six on a third. He had not appeared in a marquee fight in more than four years — a period of sporadic fights marred by injury and a dispute with his promoter.
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