John David Jackson and Jean Pascal Trade Shots

wpid-wp-1454121007778.png

image

The camps of Unified world light-heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev and challenger Jean Pascal have clashed ahead of their rematch this Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, televised exclusively live in the UK on BoxNation.
 
There is genuine hatred between both fighters in the build up to the return – Kovalev won the first fight with an eighth round stoppage in March last year – and it could be even spicier second time around with Kovalev’s WBO, IBF and WBA Super World titles on the line again.
 
At the pre-fight press this week it turned nasty when Pascal started handing out bananas to black members of the audience, including Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson, a former two-weight world champion, who had to be restrained from going after Paschal by security guards.
 
This was in response to alleged racist comments made by Kovalev to Pascal when he said, “I’m going to whoop your black ass.”  Pascal said, “That’s a racist comment. He called me a piece of (expletive) because I’m black. He didn’t say that to any white fighter.”
 
“Do you want to keep it for your black coach?” Said Pascal to Kovalev as he held up a banana.  “Black people, do you want some?”
 
Russian ace Kovalev dismissed Pascal’s comments when it was his turn to speak on the podium.  He said, “Everybody knows what is true,” Kovalev said. “But you will see on Saturday. It will be a personal fight for me.”
 
Jackson defended his charge, saying he wouldn’t be working Kovalev’s corner if he was a racist. “It’s not about race.  Sergey may say things where at the time when he says them, they may come out wrong, but if he was racist, I wouldn’t be in his corner.”
 
Canadian Pascal, a former WBC World Champion at light-heavyweight, continued his rant accusing Jackson of only coming into the Kovalev camp a few weeks before the fight because Kovalev doesn’t trust him.
 
“He (Kovalev) came to you for three weeks before the fight.  He don’t trust you because you’re black. He doesn’t respect you.” Said Pascal.
 
Jackson fired back, “Is that all? Why is Marc [Ramsey, Pascal’s former trainer] not here.  Because he knows you’re getting knocked out in this fight. That’s why he’s not here. No other reason. He told you you’re gonna get knocked out this fight. Yeah, put the mic away now, because that’s true. You know that’s true. That’s why you’re stuck right here.”
 
With security called in to calm the camps down, Jackson said to Pascal, “Shut the **** up, you had your time” and challenged him to a fight outside. “Come outside and you’ll get knocked out.”
 
Live coverage will start on BoxNation at 2am on Saturday night.  To subscribe to BoxNation (Sky 437/490HD, Virgin 525, Freeview 255, TalkTalk 415, iPhone, iPad or Android and Amazon devices) for only £12 a month visit boxnation.com or to watch online subscribe at watch.boxnation.com

Photos: Kovalev Makes Light Work of Mohammedi. Pascal & Gonzalez Wage War.

wpid-wp-1437922980710.jpeg

image

Photo Credits David Spagnolo/Main Events: Kovalev Walks Away After Knockdown
 
 
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs)* and Nadjib “IronDjib” Mohammedi (38-4, 23 KOs) started off the main event slow, just feeling each other out in the first round. At the start of the second round, Kovalev engaged in an aggressive attack on Mohammedi which knocked the challenger down. In the third round the chants for Kovalev began to ring out from the Las Vegas fans and the champion knocked down Nadjib again. This time the referee stopped the fight at 2:38.
 

image

Kovalev and Mohammedi
 
After the fight Kovalev said, “I am very happy that I got the victory I gave my best; I am happy. I told him stand up. It was short show. People didn’t see boxing. I wanted to continue. I tried to continue longer this fight. I didn’t see Pascal fight, just a little bit. That was a good fight. What I saw of the fight Gonzalez was much better. If Pascal interested in rematch I am ready. It is boxing. I want to fight this guy too [Gonzalez]. I am ready for anyone. I am ready for any fight, any opponent.. It is boxing. It is sport. If fans want to see and promoters want to make the fight, I am happy; I will do it.” He then proceeded to throw gifts into the crowd to his fans. 
 
According to Mohammedi, a thumb in the eye made him unable to continue. He said, “I couldn’t open my eye. After the knockdown I knew I was in a fight. I started to catch him with shots [in the third]. Kovalev is a skilled fighter and it takes time. Unfortunately, I got a thumb in my eye.”
 

image

Jean Pascal
 
 
In the first bout on the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast, former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) faced undefeated Cuban Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) in ten rounds of light heavyweight action. Gonzalez was the aggressor from the first bell. Pacal returned fire with a flurry of punches in the second that seemed to stun Gonzalez. Yuniesky continued his fierce attack on Pascal in the fourth but the former champ continued to counter with equally brutal punches.
 
Pascal opened the sixth round with a couple of hard shots. Both men looked fatigued in the last few rounds but continued to trade big shots. At the end of the brutal battle many unofficial scorecards had Gonzalez with the win, however, all three official judges scored the bout 96-94 in favor of the former champion, Jean Pascal, for the win by unanimous decision. Compubox stats showed that both fighters landed around the same number of punches (154 connected for Pascal vs. 163 for Gonzalez), but Gonzalez was the busier man (632 punches thrown vs. 397 for Pascal).
 

image

Pascal and Gonzalez
 
Pascal said, “I was controlling the fight. The fight was following the exact rhythm that I wanted. It was a great fight; very close. I am glad to give the fans another candidate for fight of the year because I think it was. I am going to continue fight best opposition and give a great performance because that is what I do. I am the best.”
 
Gonzalez believed he pulled off the upset. He said, “I am so sad. I was the real fighter. That was taken from me. He did not win, I did. I am the real winner.”
 

image

Barrera Knocks Down Zoulikha
 
Undefeated Cuban light heavyweight sensation Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) remained undefeated against Hakim Zoulikha (21-8, 10 KOs) of Villeurbanne, France in the final fight of the non-televised undercard. Barrera knocked down Zoulikha in the second but he quickly got up and came straight at Sullivan. The two traded some tough shots over the next couple of rounds. Finally at 1:34 in the eighth round the referee stopped the fight after Barrera’s second knockdown of Zoulikha. 
 

image

Hakim and Sullivan
 
Sullivan had this to say after the fight, “Physically and mentally I felt great! I fought a guy that came in with nothing to lose. I traded with him. And I feel I accomplished what I set out to do and that is to entertain my fans. And all boxing fans!”
 

image

Rodriguez and Diaz
 
Joel Diaz (19-0, 15 KOs) of Palmdale, California remained undefeated against Alejandro Rodriguez (24-18-1, 14 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. The two were scheduled for six rounds of junior welterweight action. Diaz knocked down Rodriguez just before the bell rang in the second round but Rodriguez was able to get up and make it through the round. Diaz continued his attack on Rodriguez in the third round but Rodriguez managed to stay on his feet throughout the round. However, in the next round, Diaz delivered the final blow that stopped Rodriguez at 0:39 of the fourth round. 
 

image

Hernandez and Ritani-Coe

Heavyweights Rodney Hernandez (8-2-1, 1 KO) of Modesto, California and Brice Ritani-Coe (4-4-1, 3 KOs) of San Pedro, California squared off for California bragging rights in the second fight of the evening and the first fight to go the distance. Both fighters were battle-worn at the end of the sixth and final round but Hernandez walked away with the split decision victory 59-55, 56-58 and 58-56. 
 

image

Chaney Walks Away from Ramirez Following the Knockout

In the first bout of the evening, undefeated heavyweight prospect Cassius Chaney (3-0, 2 KOs) of New London, Connecticut made quick work of Eduardo Ramirez (1-3, 1 KO) of Yuma, Arizona knocking him out at 1:55 of the first round.
 

image

Chaney and Ramirez

After the fight Cassius said, “I stayed focused. I stayed poised. I floated like butterfly and hit like a tree. It is a good experience for me to be out here in Las Vegas and experience the HBO atmosphere. I want to say thank you to Main Events and Kathy Duva and Jolene [Mizzone, Main Events’ matchmaker] for giving me the opportunity to fight in Las Vegas.”

 
*Note:  All records have been updated to reflect tonight’s results.

Photos: Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi Final Weights

wpid-wp-1437828913844.jpeg

image

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

image

Kovalev and Mohammedi
 
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev Nadjib “IronDjib” Mohammedi
Chelyabinsk, Russia 
Aix-en-Provence, France
27-0-1, 24 KOs
38-3-0, 23 KOs
Weight: 174.5
Weight:  173
Trunks:  Blue/White
Trunks: White/Red

image

Pascal and Gonzalez

Jean Pascal Yuniesky Gonzalez
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Miami, Florida
29-3-1, 17 KOs
16-0, 12 KOs
Weight:  178
Weight:  177
Trunks:  Blue/Red Trim
Trunks:  Black/Gold

image

Barrera and Zoulikha
 
Sullivan Barrera and Hakim Zoulikha
Miami, Florida Villeurbanne, France
15-0, 10 KOs
21-7, 10 KOs
Weight:  174.5
Weight:  175
Trunks:  Black w/Blue & Red Trim
Trunks:  Black
 

image

Diaz and Rodriguez

Joel Diaz
Alejandro Rodriguez
Palmdale, California
Guadalajara, Mexico
18-0, 14 KOs
24-17-1, 14 KOs
Weight:  140.5
Weight:  140.5
Trunks: Burgundy/White Trunks:  Black/Grey

image

Hernandez and Ritani-Coe
 
Rodney Hernandez
Brice Ritani-Coe
Modesto, California
San Pedro, California
7-2-1, 1 KOs
4-3-1, 3 KOs
Weight:  239
Weight:  252.5
Trunks: Black Trunks: Black
 

image

Chaney and Ramirez

Cassius Chaney Eduardo Ramirez
New London, Connecticut
Yuma, Arizona
2-0, 1 KO
1-2, 1 KO
Weight:  238.5
Weight:  233
Trunks:  Red/Yellow Trunks: Black
 
 
About Kovalev vs. Mohammedi
 
WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) will compete in his first mandatory title defense against Nadjib “Irondjib” Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday, July 25 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The co-feature will include a ten-round light heavyweight match-up between Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) and Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs). Tickets are on sale now and start at $25. Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster and all MGM Resorts Properties Ticket Offices. The HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.