Former world champion Sergey Kovalev suffered a HUGE points knock in his points defeat by Robin Safar on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s heavyweight fight with Oleksandr Usyk

Former two-time light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev was knocked down and beaten on points on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s heavyweight bout with Oleksandr Usyk.

In just his second fight since knocking out Canelo Alvarez in November 2019, Kovalev moved up to cruiserweight to face undefeated Swede Robin Safar in Riyadh, but failed to turn back the years.

Trailing on the scorecards, Kovalev was sent to the canvas in the closing seconds of the final round after a left hook and right hand combination from Safar.

The 41-year-old Kovalev rose to hear the final bell, but all three judges gave the fight in favor of Safar.

In the 10-round contest, Kovalev looked like a shell of his former self, and that could spell the end of his glittering career.

Sergey Kovalev (left) suffered a heavy knockdown in his fight against Robin Safar (right)

Kovalev was able to get to his feet to hear the final bell, but lost on points

Kovalev was able to get to his feet to hear the final bell, but lost on points

It was Kovalev's first fight in two years and he was defeated overall

It was Kovalev’s first fight in two years and he was defeated overall

Nicknamed the ‘Krusher’, Kovalev was widely recognized as the best light heavyweight on the planet in his prime.

He became champion in the 175-pound division for the first time in 2013 when he defeated Britain’s Nathan Cleverly in a fourth-round knockout.

He would go on to collect two more belts over the next three years before losing a controversial decision to American Andre Ward in November 2016.

Ward defeated Kovalev again the following year, this time stopping the Russian in the eighth round, and Kovalev lost for the third time in his professional career to Eleider Alvarez in 2018.

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However, he got revenge on Alvarez just six months later to become a two-time champion, cutting Briton Anthony Yarde in his homeland in August 2019.

But his subsequent loss to Canelo led to a long period of inactivity where he did not fight for more than two years before returning with a low-profile victory.

Another two years out of the ring followed and Kovalev was well and truly beaten on Saturday night as his overall record moved to 35 wins, five losses and one draw.

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