Claressa Shields

Andre Ward refuses to be downsized and rallies to beat Sergey Kovalev for light-heavyweight title

Andre Ward refuses to be downsized and rallies to beat Sergey Kovalev for light-heavyweight title

Andre Ward went from having no answers to solving all the riddles of Sergey Kovalev’s power Saturday night, wresting away the Russian’s three light-heavyweight belts by a narrow decision settled by the final round.

Judges Burt Clements, John McKaie and Glenn Trowbridge rewarded Ward’s impressive recovery from a second-round knockdown and gave him a unanimous-decision victory by three 114-113 scores before 13,310 at T-Mobile Arena.

“It was about those in-the-trenches moments,” Ward said. “Sergey has no inside game, so I focused on mine, and that made the difference.

“He realized I wasn’t going anywhere and I was stepping on the gas.”

Kovalev, dealt his first defeat,...

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