Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev defended his unified light-heavyweight titles with a one sided bludgeoning of Quebec favourite Jean Pascal. The Russian demolished the Canadian based fighter over seven very one sided rounds on Saturday night.
The fight was a sequel to their earlier contest that took place in March of last year, which was a far more competitive affair. In that fight Pascal was stopped in the eighth round but made life far more difficult for Kovalev, landing some huge shots of his own.
The only similarity in the rematch was the fact that Pascal was stopped. After teaming up with new trainer Freddie Roach it was hoped that this collaboration could produce something different and upset the odds. It was not the case and Roach was ready to halt proceedings earlier but Pascal, desperate to go out on his shield, begged for one more round. However by the seventh Roach had witnessed enough and correctly pulled his man out. Roach has since been quoted as saying that Pascal simply found Kovalev’s power “overwhelming.”
After the contest kovalev’s potential future opponents were discussed. When asked who he would like next the Russian Responded that he would like to face Adonis “Chickenson.” A less than subtle jab at the only other title holder in the division, Adonis Stevenson. The accepted accusation being that Stevenson seems reluctant to enter the ring against Kovalev. If the fight can be made it would be a mesmerising exhibition whilst it lasts. Stevenson probably possesses greater one punch knock-out power, but Kovalev has a sadistic and brutal way of stalking down his opponents. Hardly any have heard the final bell against either fighter. Stevenson did not take kindly to the nickname and promptly stormed the ring. Boxing can certainly do without such immature spectacles.
The other name mentioned as a future opponent was former super-middleweight supremo Andre Ward, who recently advanced into the territory of the 175 pounders. The Stevenson fight would be more entertaining but Ward-Kovalev would be intriguing. Ward who is nothing short of world class could possess the defensive skills required to dismantle the Russian. But Kovalev’s power would trouble any fighter.
The tremors are only slight at present. But later in the year the full force of the light-heavyweight earthquake will be felt, with its epicentre either in California or Quebec, depending on whoever is brave enough to try and slay the Russian bear.