Tonight, live on HBO Boxing, it will be the rematch of their epic first battle, as Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KO’s) defends his WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight titles against Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KO’s).  In their first fight, Kovalev got the better of Pascal, defeating him by way of 8th round TKO.  Pascal looks to avenge that loss and take 3 titles away from Kovalev.  The fight will take place on Pascal’s turf at the Bell Centre in Motreal Quebec Canada at 9;45 ET.  The Co-Feature will be a welterweight bout between Dmitry Mikhaylenko (20-0, 9 KO’s) and Karim Mayfield (19-2-1, 10 KO’s).  Also on the card will be Joel Diaz Jr (20-0, 16 KO’s) VS Abraham Gomez (22-11-1, 11 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SERGEY KOVALEV

-Record:  28 – 0 – 1, 25 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 pounds)

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Nathan Cleverly  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight title)
  • Bernard Hopkins  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/8/14.  (Won IBF & WBAsuper Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Jean Pascal  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 3/14/15.  (Retained IBF, WBAsuper, & WBO Light Heavyweight Titles)

Kovalev has already defeated Pascal once.  The fight warranted a rematch because many believed it was stopped prematurely, and Pascal would have been able to continue.  Pascal was trapped in the corner, and getting hit flush, without throwing back.  Kovalev will look to repeat the first performance, and even try to top it, so there is no doubt in anyones mind this time.  Look for him to come out very strong in the early going, and look for an early stoppage.

JEAN PASCAL

-Record:  30 – 3 – 1, 1NC (17 KO’s)

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 lbs)

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights:

  • Chad Dawson – Win, TKO 11th round (12), 8/14/10.  (Retained WBC, won TheRing Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Bernard Hopkins #1 – Draw, SD 12 rounds, 12/18/10.  (Retained WBC, TheRing Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Sergey Kovalev – Loss, TKO 8th round (12), 3/14/15.

Pascal defeated Yunieski Gonzalez, which earned him the rematch against Kovalev.  Pascal also led the campaign of the “unfair” stoppage in his first meeting with Kovalev.  Tonight he will try to avenge his loss to the “Krusher” and become the unified Light Heavyweight Champion.

Predictions:

  • Joel Diaz Jr  —  def  —  Abraham Gomez  —  via  —  TKO 5th round
  • Dmitry Mikhalenko  —  def  —  Karim Mayfield  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision
  • Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Jean Pascal  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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