Sergey Kovalev/Photo courtesy of Main Events Inc.
Sergey Kovalev on Monday retained his three light heavyweight belts when he pounded out a 12-round, unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba in Kovalev’s native Russia.
Kovalev won by scores of 116-111, 117-110 and 118-109.
Kovalev decked Chilemba (24-4-2), of South Africa via Malawi, in the seventh round. But Chilemba was able to take Kovalev the distance for just the fourth time in Kovalev’s career.
Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) is slated to next defend against former super middleweight champion Andre Ward on Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena. Ward must first get past Alexander Brand on Aug. 6 at Oracle Arena in Ward’s native Oakland.
Kovalev-Chilemba will be televised by HBO later Monday night.