There were pro-Andre Ward chants of “S-O-G!” as the opening bell rang. It was a cautious start for both fighters. Sergey Kovalev looks like the fighter who outboxed Bernard Hopkins, which might not be what he wants to be today.
It’s one thing to outbox a 49-year-old man and another to outbox the best pure boxer on the planet. Ward landed a couple of quick rights in the first half of the round, as well as a couple of jabs to Kovalev’s midsection. Kovalev landed a powerful jab midway through the round. Kovalev landed a couple of strong jabs late to win the round.
L.A. Times card: 10-9, Kovalev.