Ward celebrates his win over Kovalev. AFP / John GURZINSKI
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Andre Ward of the United States scored a comeback unanimous decision victory over Russia's Sergey Kovalev to claim the defending champion's unified light heavyweight title Saturday. Ward, the 2004 Olympic champion, recovered from a second round knockdown to defeat Kovalev by 114-113 on all three judges cards after a grueling battle at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. Ward, meanwhile, was satisfied at the way he came back after his second-round knockdown.Earlier, Kovalev had quickly made his superior punching power tell, rocking the challenger with two stiff jabs that appeared to startle Ward towards the end of the first round.Ward was soon in trouble in the second round, with Kovalev piercing his gloves at will with stinging jabs. Another good round in the seventh, with Ward connecting with three stiff jabs, drew loud cheers, but Kovalev was still landing shots.
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