Kovalev Q&A Highlights


Reigning light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev held a question and answer session with the media. This was done to start the hype machine behind next bout against top “pound for pound” fighter Andre Ward on November 19. Here are some of the highlights of his Q&A session in Los Angles.



We don’t see two five pound-for-pound fighters fight each other that often – what makes this fight worth the risk for you?


Sergey Kovalev: This fight for me is dangerous. Any fight is dangerous but this fight is really important for my career and for the boxing world because it is a really high level for both of us. When I was a child I was just dream to be on this level so this fight for me really means a lot. For me this fight means everything in my boxing career and after this fight we will find out who is the best pound-for-pound.


Do you think you can outbox Andre Ward?


Kovalev: It is my goal. I like to have goals in my life and this makes my goal, yes.


Could you imagine yourself as being the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world? Is this something you dreamed of when you were a kid?


Kovalev: I never dreamed about it because I never knew about this word “pound-for-pound,” so I never thought about being the best pound-for-pound. I always wanted to be the best in the light heavyweight division. But now that Andre said this is the fight for the best pound-for-pound, yes it is now my goal.


Does your current status being in the top-pound-for-pound, have status, or is it appreciated in Russia?


Kovalev: I don’t know because I don’t hear any opinions about that from Russian fans. After a while people are thinking that I am the best, yes, and in my hometown for sure.


Do you think Andre Ward has more power as a light heavyweight to hurt you and do you think you can knock Andre Ward out?


Kovalev: I think so, yes. He was power – he will be a lot heavier and has been in his last two fights. He has been fighting twelve rounds to get enough experience for November 19. We saw the power when he fought in the super middleweight division. Sure, I will try to knock him out because I am Krusher and I try to live up to my nick-name. Let’s do it.


Now you are focused on November 19. If you win do you think you will fight Adonis Stephenson, or do you think he will run away again?


Kovalev: If you understand that I am focused on this fight, why would you ask that question? It would be up to him. I am ready for him but it is not my decision to fight against Stephenson, I am fighting Ward and he is Chickenson.

Kovalev vs. Chilemba Weigh-In Results

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Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev
Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Blantyre, Malawi
29-0-1, 26 KOs
24-3-2, 10 KOs
Weight: 174.6   Pounds
Weight: 174.8  Pounds

The July 11 bout between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba is a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia as part of the opening night ceremonies for the International Industry Trade Fair “INNOPROM-2016.” The event is sponsored by Russian Copper Company and Igor Altushkin and presented by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with German Titov Promotions, and will be televised in the United States at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape-delayed) exclusively on HBO.

John David Jackson and Jean Pascal Trade Shots


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.”
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