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,...