Last night on HBO World Championship Boxing, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KO’s) defeated Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KO’s), to retain his WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight titles.  Pascal looked horrible under new head trainer, the legendary Freddie Roach.  Kovalev proved to be too much for Pascal to handle.

The first round was a feel out for Kovalev, as usual, with hime outlining Pascal.  Pascal actually walked into a stiff jab that put him down on the mat, but it was called a slip by the referee.  The second round was more of the same, with neither fighter doing much, but Kovalev would take that round as well.

In the third, Kovalev would start unloading on Pascal to the body.  Pascal would resort to his usual self, and get wild after being hit hard.  You could tell that Pascal was hurt to the body, because he would drop his hands to protect, opening up his head for big shots.  Proof of this was the fourth round where Pascal would land only 2 power punches to Kovalev’s 26 landed.  The 5th was more of the same.  Pascal landed 1 jab in that round, as Kovalev was hammering him against the ropes.  Pascal would end the 5th with what looked like a broken nose.  After the 6th, after being hammered some more, Pascal convinced Roach to let him go one more round.  Between the 6th and 7th rounds, Roach would tell the referee to stop the fight, as he saw no point to allowing Pascal to continue.  Kovalev would end up landing 165 of 412 (40%), while Pascal would only land 30 of 108 (28%).

After the fight, Kovalev Would say again that he wants Stevenson before he fights Andre Ward.  He went as far as calling him “Adonis Chickenson”, which apparently angered Stevenson.  He would jump into the ring and yell about being the real champion.  Stevenson however, has made no attempt to get a fight signed with Kovalev, so he looked pretty stupid jumping in to the ring like that.  Sergey Kovalev improves to 29-0-1, and retains his 3 titles.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

 

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