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(Cruiserweight) Kovalev defeated Ayouba by knockout (KO) in round 9.

Match Saturday, May 07, 2016

In this corner, standing 5 feet and 5 inches (165 centimeters) tall weighing in at 179 pounds (81 kilograms) is Kovalev !!

In this corner, standing 6 feet(183 centimeters) tall weighing in at 200 pounds (91 kilograms) is Ayouba!!

The referee for this bout will be Richard Steele.

ROUND 1

Kovalev clinches when his opponent closes. (clinching)
Ayouba is using the ring. (using the ring)

+Ayouba lands a volley of off balance punches to the ribs! Kovalev covers up.
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+Ayouba nails Kovalev with a flurry of punches to the chest.
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+Ayouba fires a jab to the chest.
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-Kovalev tries a barrage of left punches to the chin, but misses completely.
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+Ayouba hits Kovalev with a pair of commanding punches to the solar plexus.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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+Kovalev punches Ayouba with a volley of shots to the head. Ayouba gets mad!
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
-Ayouba attacks with a jab to the solar plexus, but goes wide.
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+Ayouba hits with a barrage of stinging punches to the stomach.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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-Kovalev probes with a volley of blows to the jaw, but he's too slow.
+Ayouba clocks Kovalev with a flurry of vicious punches to the chest! Kovalev beats a hasty retreat.
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BELL

According to the commentator:

Kovalev landed 12 of 25 punches, and Ayouba landed 33 of 36 punches.

Ayouba won the round 10-9

Ayouba is winning the fight 10-9


Kovalev doesn't want to stop fighting!

Ayouba doesn't even want to rest!



ROUND 2

Kovalev clinches when his opponent closes. (clinching)
Ayouba is using the ring. (using the ring)

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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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+Ayouba attacks with a flurry of loud blows to the chest.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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-Kovalev attempts a uppercut to the ribs, but to no avail.
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-Ayouba attacks with a pair of right blows to the stomach, but Kovalev covers himself well.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.

+Ayouba tags Kovalev with a series of punches to the solar plexus! Kovalev hangs on until the referee breaks them up.
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+Ayouba punches Kovalev with a series of light blows to the ribs. Kovalev hangs on until the referee breaks them up.
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+Kovalev slams Ayouba with a volley of blows to the chest.
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BELL

According to the commentator:

Kovalev landed 7 of 15 punches, and Ayouba landed 29 of 44 punches.

Ayouba won the round 10-9

Ayouba is winning the fight 20-18


Kovalev doesn't even want to rest!

Ayouba remains standing while the trainer wipes him down.



ROUND 3

Kovalev clinches when his opponent closes. (clinching)
Ayouba is using the ring. (using the ring)

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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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+Ayouba pummels Kovalev with a pair of stinging punches to the stomach.
Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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-Ayouba throws a flurry of punches to the chest, but falls short.
+Ayouba attacks with a right to the stomach.
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-Ayouba paws a volley of punches to the chest, but Kovalev takes it in the forearms.
+Ayouba pops Kovalev with a jab to the ribs.
+Ayouba tags Kovalev with a volley of punches to the chest. Kovalev sneers "My little sister can hit harder than you!"
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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-Ayouba launches a flurry of left punches to the stomach, but misses.
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+Ayouba hits with a barrage of commanding punches to the ribs.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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-Kovalev launches a series of blows to the ribs, but Ayouba beats a hasty retreat.
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+Kovalev rocks Ayouba with a flurry of blows to the chest! Ayouba grimaces in pain.
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BELL

According to the commentator:

Kovalev landed 7 of 16 punches, and Ayouba landed 25 of 41 punches.

Ayouba won the round 10-9

Ayouba is winning the fight 30-27


Kovalev doesn't even want to rest!

Ayouba grabs a water bottle and rests on his stool.



ROUND 4

Kovalev clinches when his opponent closes. (clinching)
Ayouba is using the ring. (using the ring)

-Kovalev tries a pair of shots to the ribs, but Ayouba ducks.
+Ayouba jars Kovalev with a barrage of loud punches to the chest!
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-Kovalev tries a series of left punches to the solar plexus, but Ayouba escapes.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
+Ayouba hits with a volley of vicious punches to the stomach!
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-Ayouba attempts a pair of punches to the chest, but Kovalev ducks.
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+Kovalev rocks Ayouba with a stiff hook to the solar plexus.
Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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+Ayouba shakes Kovalev with a nasty sweeping right to the ribs.
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-Ayouba attempts a series of right punches to the chest, but Kovalev deftly avoits it.
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+Ayouba connects with a flurry of mean shots to the solar plexus.
+Ayouba smacks Kovalev with a barrage of wild punches to the solar plexus. Kovalev backpedals to his own corner.
Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.

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BELL

According to the commentator:

Kovalev landed 6 of 15 punches, and Ayouba landed 22 of 44 punches.

Ayouba won the round 10-9

Ayouba is winning the fight 40-36


Kovalev remains standing while the trainer wipes him down.

Ayouba is obviously tired.



ROUND 5

Kovalev clinches when his opponent closes. (clinching)
Ayouba is using the ring. (using the ring)

+Kovalev hits with a barrage of strong shots to the solar plexus!!
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.

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+Ayouba throws a stiff roundhouse to the chest!!
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.

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+Ayouba hammers Kovalev with a pair of painful shots to the ribs.
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-Kovalev attempts a flurry of left punches to the solar plexus, but he's too slow.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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+Ayouba connects with a pair of punches to the solar plexus.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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-Kovalev tries a series of shots to the ribs, but loses his balance.
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+Kovalev punches Ayouba with a volley of strong blows to the ribs!! Ayouba gets mad!
+Ayouba clocks Kovalev with a volley of shots to the stomach.
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+Ayouba clocks Kovalev with a series of commanding punches to the chest! Kovalev seems wobbly!
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BELL

According to the commentator:

Kovalev landed 13 of 27 punches, and Ayouba landed 24 of 38 punches.

Ayouba won the round 10-9

Ayouba is winning the fight 50-45


Kovalev remains standing while the trainer wipes him down.

Ayouba is slowing down.



ROUND 6

Kovalev clinches when his opponent closes. (clinching)
Ayouba is using the ring. (using the ring)

Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.

Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
-Kovalev lunges with a pair of shots to the chest, but misses.
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-Kovalev charges with a pair of shots to the stomach, but to no avail.
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+Kovalev hits with a volley of punches to the ribs.
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-Ayouba throws a flurry of punches to the stomach, but Kovalev steps aside.
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+Ayouba wakes up the fans with a painful cross to the solar plexus.
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+Kovalev lands a uppercut to the chest.
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+Ayouba hits with a flurry of punches to the chest.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
+Ayouba throws a pair of mean punches to the ribs.
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BELL

According to the commentator:

Kovalev landed 12 of 25 punches, and Ayouba landed 21 of 42 punches.

Ayouba won the round 10-9

Ayouba is winning the fight 60-54


Kovalev remains standing while the trainer wipes him down.

Ayouba is slowing down.



ROUND 7

Kovalev clinches when his opponent closes. (clinching)
Ayouba is using the ring. (using the ring)

+Kovalev connects with a series of stiff punches to the stomach.
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+Ayouba fires a glancing straight right to the solar plexus.
-Kovalev attempts a series of blows to the ribs, but taps his opponent ineffectively.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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+Ayouba tags Kovalev with a flurry of shots to the chest!!
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+Ayouba tattoos Kovalev with a barrage of punches to the ribs. Kovalev asks for time to wipe off the blood.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
-Ayouba lunges with a series of punches to the stomach, but Kovalev takes it in the forearms.
Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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+Kovalev wakes up the fans with a volley of painful punches to the solar plexus.
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-Kovalev paws a flurry of left blows to the stomach, but goes wide.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.

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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.

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BELL

According to the commentator:

Kovalev landed 13 of 23 punches, and Ayouba landed 16 of 40 punches.

Kovalev won the round 10-9

Ayouba is winning the fight 69-64


Kovalev remains standing while the trainer wipes him down.

Ayouba collapses limply onto his stool.



ROUND 8

Kovalev clinches when his opponent closes. (clinching)
Ayouba is using the ring. (using the ring)

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-Ayouba throws a pair of right punches to the ribs, but Kovalev steps aside and laughs.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
-Ayouba launches a left right to the chest, but taps his opponent ineffectively.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
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+Ayouba throws a flurry of punches to the stomach.
Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.
+Kovalev hits with a barrage of glancing punches to the ribs.
-Ayouba fires a barrage of right punches to the stomach, but Kovalev ties him up.
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-Kovalev launches a flurry of blows to the solar plexus, but Ayouba covers himself well.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.

-Kovalev paws a flurry of punches to the ribs, but Ayouba hides behind his gloves.
+Ayouba pounds Kovalev with a flurry of furious punches to the stomach.
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+Kovalev clocks Ayouba with a flurry of furious blows to the solar plexus.
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+ The fighters exchange shots to the nose.
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Ayouba tries to attack, but Kovalev hangs on until the referee separates them.

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+Ayouba tosses a barrage of punches to the stomach.
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+Kovalev wakes up the fans with a series of shots to the stomach. Ayouba retreats to the far corner.
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-Ayouba throws a barrage of punches to the stomach, but Kovalev ducks just in time.

BELL

According to the commentator:

Kovalev landed 13 of 24 punches, and Ayouba landed 14 of 40 punches.

Kovalev won the round 10-9

Ayouba is winning the fight 78-74


Kovalev remains standing while the trainer wipes him down.

Ayouba receives medical attention from his trainer.



ROUND 9

Kovalev fights inside. (inside)
Ayouba is using the ring. (using the ring)

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+Kovalev pummels Ayouba with a volley of painful punches to the face.
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+Ayouba annoys Kovalev with a volley of furious shots to the chest.
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+Ayouba jars Kovalev with a volley of nasty shots to the chest. Kovalev hangs on until the referee breaks them up.
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+Kovalev throws a volley of glancing shots to the face!
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+Kovalev jars Ayouba with a flurry of heavy blows to the mouth!
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+Kovalev punches Ayouba with a pair of commanding blows to the mouth.
Kovalev lands a lightning punch in the nose and Ayouba goes over backwards!!

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Ayouba struggles to his feet and the fight goes on.
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+Kovalev tosses a flurry of strong punches to the mouth.
Kovalev lands a powerful right hook and Ayouba's mouth guard flies into the far corner -- he's down!!

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He's Out!
Kovalev wins by a Knock Out!!

BELL
Kovalev remains standing while the trainer wipes him down.

Ayouba can't remember which corner is his. He has serious cut above the left eye.






Judge Guimond had the fight scored as follows:

Round 1: Ayouba 10-9
Round 2: Ayouba 10-9
Round 3: Ayouba 10-9
Round 4: Ayouba 10-9
Round 5: Ayouba 10-9
Round 6: Ayouba 10-9
Round 7: Kovalev 10-9
Round 8: Kovalev 10-9


Judge Leinbach had the fight scored as follows:

Round 1: Ayouba 10-9
Round 2: Ayouba 10-9
Round 3: Ayouba 10-9
Round 4: Ayouba 10-9
Round 5: Ayouba 10-9
Round 6: Ayouba 10-9
Round 7: Kovalev 10-9
Round 8: Kovalev 10-9


Bobby Czyz had the fight scored as follows:

Round 1: Ayouba 10-9
Round 2: Ayouba 10-9
Round 3: Ayouba 10-9
Round 4: Ayouba 10-9
Round 5: Ayouba 10-9
Round 6: Ayouba 10-9
Round 7: Kovalev 10-9
Round 8: Kovalev 10-9

Kovalev wins by a knockout!