Pay per head sportsbooks saw that the Russian sent Agnew to the floor in the second round, and six rounds before the end of the match with a left to the liver, early in the seventh.
Agnew fell to his knee in pain and stayed there long after he was counted out by referee Samuel Viruet, and pay per head sportsbooks saw that the fighter took quite a beating.
Price per head services also saw that Kovalev, who has a record that improves to 24-0-1, with 22 knockouts included, did not have it all his way at the Boardwalk Hall, as he suffered a cut above each eye from a headbutt in the fourth round and then an elbow in the sixth.
“I tried boxing because he has good defence,” Kovalev said. “Then I went to the body. I saw how hurt he was.”
Agnew entered the bout with an undefeated 26-fight start to his career in the professional ranks, but pay per head sportsbooks saw that the fighter ended up on the ropes for most of the night, and was deflecting hits before making the occasional counter-attack.
The Chicago fighter who’s very well known with pay per head sportsbooks around the world occasionally found success with body shots and left hooks, but eventually found himself besieged.
“He had an uncomfortable style,” Kovalev added. “He has an uncomfortable style. He’s not stupid. He kept a good distance. He was patient and I understood he was trying to tire me out, but I was ready.”
Kovalev, who last year took his title off Nathan Cleverly, was not willing to talk about a possible light-heavyweight unification fight with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson. Pay per head sportsbooks learned that Rival television stations contracted the pair.
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He said: “I don’t want to speak on Adonis Stevenson.”