HBO Boxing results recap: Sergey Kovalev batters, stops Cedric Agnew with body shot in round seven

Scott Heavey

Body blow, body blow, BODY BLOW!

As expected, Russian light heavyweight boxing sensation Sergey Kovalev scored yet another vicious knockout last night (Sat., March 29, 2014) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., taking out previously-undefeated Cedric Agnew with a powerful left to the body.

To watch full "Kovalev vs. Agnew" full fight video highlights click here.

The early rounds saw Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO) pursuing Agnew (26-1, 13 KO) to the ropes, only for the latter to burst out with hooks to the head and body to blunt Sergey's offense. Most of the Russian's notoriously-brutal power punches were stymied by Agnew's high guard, though Agnew's flurries came only sporadically.

Late in the second, however, Kovalev put Agnew down with a powerful left hand. Though Agnew made it to his feet with time to spare, the blow effectively sent him into pure defense, resulting in Kovalev bouncing combinations off his forearms with relative impunity for the next two rounds.

Kovalev, who had not seen the fifth round in his previous six fights, managed to crack Agnew's shell in the sixth with a heavy left hook that buckled him enough for the referee to call it a knockdown. While this call was arguable, the one in the seventh was not, as Kovalev crumpled his man with a heavy body shot.

In an ideal world, this latest destruction would pave the way for a showdown with fellow knockout artist Adonis Stevenson. Unfortunately, Stevenson's upcoming fight with Andrzej Fonfara was picked up by the Showtime network; therefore, considering the myriad rocky relationships between HBO and Showtime, this guaranteed slugfest might wind up not happening.

Shame, but that's boxing for you.

For complete results of "Kovalev vs. Agnew," including round-by-round coverage, click here.

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