Posts Tagged ‘#KovalevStevenson’

 

Will it finally happen?  Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KO’s), have been dancing around each other for a few years now.  Who is really to blame that this fight has never happened?  Who really knows.  Stevenson blames Kovalev, and Kovalev blames Stevenson.  Thats all we know for sure.  Another thing we know for sure, is that these two need to settle the score big time.

Adonis Stevenson was the fighter of the year in 2013.  He knocked out Darnell Boone, then he knocked out Chad Dawson winning the lineal light heavyweight title, and then he knocked out Tavoris Cloud and Tony Bellew.  4 KO’s in 1 year over top fighters will earn you fighter of the year for sure.  Since then, Stevenson has taken relatively easy fights, the whole time claiming he would fight Kovalev, while almost getting knocked out by Andzej Fonfara.

Sergey Kovalev won fighter of the year in 2014, a year after Stevenson.  His resume of 2014 consisted of a knockout of Cedric Agnew, a knockout of Blake Caperello, and a unanimous decision victory over the legendary Bernard Hopkins.  That  as well will earn you fighter of the year.  Kovalev fought twice in 2015, knocking out Jean Pascal in their epic battle, and also knocking out relatively unknown Nadjib Mohammedi.

These two fighters are and have been on a collision course for a very long time.  They are the two biggest punchers in the Light Heavyweight division, and need to fight each other to define their careers.  So supposedly sometime this summer, these two will meet.  Kovalev is scheduled for a rematch with Pascal on January 30th, and barring a loss, maybe this fight will finally happen.  Stevenson does not have an opponent scheduled yet, but look for him to take an easy fight to keep busy.  Thank you to “Boxings Finest” for the amazing promo.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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kovalev3454The WBC has finally come through with what needed to be done.  They have ordered that the winner of the Adonis Stevenson and Sakio Bika fight, must go up against Segey Kovalev.  This is a highly unusual situation because Stevenson is the lineal champion of the light heavyweight division.  Usually it is contenders that are put up against the lineal champ, but in this situation it will be the lineal champ that will be forced to fight a contender.  No one actually believes that Sakio Bika will defeat Stevenson, therefore Stevenson will be forced to fight Sergey Kovalev.

Adonis Stevenson has a fight coming up on Saturday April 4th (against Bika), where he will be defending his Lineal, TheRing, and WBC Light Heavyweight titles.  Stevenson is 25-1 with 21 KO’s, while Bika holds a record of 32-6-3 with 21 KO’s.  Bika is coming off of a draw and a loss, both to Anthony Dirrell, so its hard to imagine why he is the one that will get this golden opportunity to become the lineal champion of the Light Heavyweight division.  Bika is a wild and sloppy fighter, and he should be easy pickings for Adonis Stevenson.  That seems to be the path that Stevenson has been taking lately, as he’s only been fighting overmatched opponents.  The only big names that “Suoerman” has fought recently were Chad Dawson and Tavoris Cloud, with each fighter seemingly past his prime.  He Knocked out Dawson in the first round, and he knocked out Cloud in the seventh.

Stevenson has been notorious for dodging the Sergey Kovalev fight, and I think the WBC has finally “realized” it.  Kovalev on the other hand has been fighting the best opponents he could find.  2 of his last 4 opponents have been previously undefeated. Their names were Cedric Agnew, and Blake Caparello.  The other 2, well lets just say one is a ring legend, and the other was the number 2 contender in the division (Bernanrd Hopkins & Jean Pascal).  Of these last 4, only one was able to go the distance and the others went down just like everyone else who gets in the ring with the “Krusher”.  Kovalev is seemingly unafraid of any opponent, and is willing to travel to anyones home town to take them out.  Stevenson on the other hand has done everything in his power not to fight Kovalev.  The biggest example was signing with Showtime, which I strongly believe was a ploy to get away from the Kovalev fight.  Stevenson used Bernard Hopkins as an excuse for signing with Showtime, saying that he wanted an opportunity to fight the ring legend.  Funny part was that Hopkins decided to bolt to HBO, for a fight with Kovalev, which he would ultimately lose.

Stevenson said the other night, “Trust me, I will fight him”, referring to Kovalev.  That remains to be seen, but for now it looks promising.  Hopefully Stevenson won’t have yet another rabbit in his hat, that gets him out of this fight.  The WBC has done the right thing by stepping in and forcing this issue, because even though Adonis hold the Lineal title in the light heavyweight division, he is not the best fighter.  Kovalev is, and oh by the way, he hold all of the other belts.

-Davd Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Can the “Krusher” be stopped?  Jean Pascal sure tried his best to do so, but the undefeated record will stay in tact, and all of his titles are not going anywhere.  Kovalev is the current WBAsuper, WBO, and IBF Light Heavyweight champion, and he put it all on the line on saturday night against Pascal.  In the beginning of the fight, Kovalev was walking Pascal down and landing bombs along with a nice jab, keeping Pascal at bay.

Pascal got wise to Kovalevs’ strategy in the middle rounds and started to look better.  He actually landed a few bombs of his own, and even managed to stagger Kovalev a few times.  There is no doubt that Pascal gave Kovalev his toughest test to date, as Bernard Hopkins watched from ringside.  In the 8th round, Kovalev rocked Pascal into to corner and Pascal was not able to recover.  After getting back to his feet, Pascal still looked dazed and Kovalev was ready to move in for the kill.  He rocked Pascal with another huge right hand followed by a left, and the contest was called to a halt.  Some say it was premature, and Pascal would agree, but if you watched closely, he had no legs and would have been knocked down again.

With Adonis Stevenson bolting to Showtime and making a living off of fighting nobodies, Kovalev and Pascal decided to fight each other.  Stevenson refused lucrative deals to fight both fighters last year, and some say thats the reason he’s still the lineal champ of the division.  There was rumors flying around a few months ago, that the WBC would force Stevenson to fight the winner of this fight, but lets not hold our breath on that one.  So whats next for Pascal?  I think even with this loss, he will continue to fight top 10 Light heavyweights, and possibly win 1 more world title.  As for Kovalev, well who really knows, because how many can say that they really want to fight him.  The boxing commissions and organizations really should step in and force a fight between Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE