The Russian boxer defeated the Bulgarian Tervel Pulev by unanimous decision, who suffered his first defeat in the professional ring. Before this fight, Kovalev last entered the ring in November 2019.
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Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev inflicted the first defeat on the Bulgarian Tervel Pulev.
The fight took place in the American Inglewood (California). The 10-round fight ended with the victory of the Russian by unanimous decision of the judges: 98-92, 98-92, 97-93.
The 39-year-old Russian won by unanimous decision in his debut fight in the first heavyweight division. After the victory over Pulev, Kovalev had 35 wins (29 by knockout), four losses and one draw.
For the Bulgarian boxer, this defeat was the first in his professional career. Before meeting with Kovalev, 39-year-old Pulev won 16 victories, 13 of which were by knockout.
For Kovalev, this fight was the debut in the first heavyweight division. Prior to that, he competed in the light heavyweight division. The Russian had a previous fight in November 2019 against Saul Alvarez. The Mexican knocked out Kovalev in the 11th round
He won his last victory over British Anthony Yarde on August 24, 2019. In this fight, which will end with a technical knockout in the 11th round, the Russian made the first defense of the WBO light heavyweight title.
He also previously held the WBA Super and IBF belts.
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Until 2016, Kovalev had a series of 31 fights without defeat. He was the first Russian boxer after Kostya Tszyu to hold three championship belts at once (WBA Super, IBF and WBO). Also, Kovalev is the only representative of Russia, whom the prestigious magazine The Ring recognized as the best boxer of the year.
At the end of 2016 and in the summer of 2017, Kovalev suffered two defeats from the American Andre Ward, after which he had six more fights, in which he lost twice.
In October 2020, a court in California, where the athlete lives, sentenced him to a three-year suspended sentence for beating American model Jamie Frontz.