Mega Photo Gallery: Sergey Kovalev Stops Jean Pascal in Quebec

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About Kovalev vs. Pascal 

Kovalev vs. Pascal was a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles. The fight was part of a live triple header on HBO World Championship Boxing® Saturday, March 14 from the Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Photos: Kovalev TKOs Pascal. Glazkov Wins Gifted Decision over Cunningham. Chilemba Hands Lepikhin First Defeat.

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Kovalev
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
 
In the much-anticipated main event of the evening, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs)* and Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) pleased fans with an action-packed battle. Both fighters started by trading some good shots, but Kovalev started to throw some nasty combinations in the third round to take the wind out of the hostile crowd at the Centre Bell in Montreal. Just before the end of the third round, Kovalev knocked Pascal through the ropes but Pascal was saved by the bell. Sergey came out swinging in the fourth to try to capitalize on the near KO, but Pascal managed to stay on his feet and land a huge right to show Kovalev he was still in the fight. As the bell rang to end the fourth round, both men were still trading big shots.
 

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Kovalev Knocks Pascal Through the Ropes
 
The fifth round began quietly, but Pascal started to throw some intense combinations in the middle of the round. Kovalev continued to be the aggressor, however, landing some big shots of his own. The crowd at Centre Bell was deafening with cheers for Pascal and boos for Kovalev. Finally, in the eighth round, Sergey came on with a brutal attack that resulted in his own slip. While Sergey was getting up, Pascal looked noticeably rattled at the ropes. The two traded a couple more shots before referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight and declared Kovalev the winner by TKO in the eighth round.   
 

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Kovalev and Pascal
 
After the fight, Kovalev insisted he will be ready for anything next. He said, “Thank you so much. How it started I didn’t like. After fourth round I gained control. He was min after that. He got me a couple good punches. It is boxing. [On a potential fight with Stevenson] I am ready for anything. [On the possibility of a rematch] I am ready for any fights. If my promoter says I fight Jean Pascal again, I will fight him.”
 
Pascal felt the stoppage was premature, but said this after the fight, “Honestly, it was a good fight. It was an action fight for the fans. I tip my hat to Kovalev. He is a champion. I don’t know why the referee stopped the fight. It was a great fight. I was in the fight from the first round. We should do it again. I should have a rematch. I am a crowd-pleaser. At Centre Bell I am always going to give the fans a great fight. I will be back.”  
 

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Glazkov and Cunningham
 
In the fight for the #1 position in the IBF and USBA Heavyweight Championship stablemates Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (20-0-1, 12 KOs) and Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) came out of the box trading big punches. Cunningham appeared to have a slight edge in the first few rounds, but Glazkov, who is always a slow starter, began to show signs of life in the fifth round. The unofficial scorecards from the television and the media were all over the map on this fight, but the judges officially scored the fight 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112 all in favor of Czar Glazkov for a unanimous decision victory. The Ukrainian remains undefeated and will anxiously await to face the winner of Klitschko-Jennings next month.   
 

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Cunningham and Glazkov
 
The PunchStat had Glazkov landing a greater percentage of his shots but a smaller total number of shots (Glazkov 144/441 – 33%; Cunningham 180/649 – 28%).  Their jabs landed were almost identical (Glazkov 60/215 – 28%; Cunningham 57/309 – 18%), but Cunningham had the edge with the power punches landed. Their power punch percentages were near even (Glazkov 84/226 – 37%; Cunningham 123-340 – 36%). 
 

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Chilemba and Lepikhin
 
The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast began with Main Events stablemates slugging it out for the vacant NABF Light Heavyweight Title, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KOs) of Malawi and Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin (17-1, 9 KOs) of Russia. Both fighters looked good early on. In the second round, Chilemba got in some hard shots on the Russian but Lepikhin did not seem fazed. However, Chilemba continued to dominate Lepikhin for the remainder of the fight. Lepikhin managed to go the distance but Chilemba secured a decisive unanimous decision with two judges scoring the bout 99-91 and the third scoring it 100-90. This was the first career loss for Lepikhin and the first fight of the evening to go the distance.     
 

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Lepikhin and Chilemba
 
The final PunchStat report has Chilemba landing more than double the number of total punches than Lepikhin, despite their connection percentages being similar (Chilemba 192/683 – 28%; Lepikhin 75/289 – 26%). Also, Chilemba landed nearly half of his power punches (100 of 237 – 42%) whereas Lepikhin landed 27% (36 of 131).  
 

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Isaac Chilemba

Chilemba had this to say after the fight, “He did exactly what we expected. We were totally prepared for what he brought. I was patient and I capitalized on it. I think he ran out of ideas and I wasn’t going to fall for any of his games. I am very pleased with my performance tonight and I am grateful to now hold the NABF Light Heavyweight Championship Belt.”  
 
In the final bout before the live HBO telecast, David Theroux (6-0, 4 KOs) of Sorel, QC, CAN stopped Lukasz Janik (12-10-1, 6 KOs) of Katowice, Poland in the third round. Janik fell victim to the three knockdown rule and the referee declared Theroux the winner by TKO at 2:31 in the third round. 
   
Local favorite Dierry Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Carlos Manuel Reyes (24-4-1, 16 KOs) of Mao, Dominican Republic were scheduled for ten rounds of light heavyweight action. However, Jean knocked down Reyes in the third. He was then knocked down again a few seconds later and the referee stopped the fight.   
 

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Campbell and Mohammedi
 
Nadjib “Iron Jib” Mohammedi (38-3, 23 KOs) of Aix-en-Provence, France, the #1 contender in the IBF light heavyweight rankings, took on Lee Junior Campbell (8-2, 4 KOs) of Laurenburg, NC. Mohammedi dominated Campbell for every round until the referee stopped the fight in the sixth.  As the IBF mandatory contender, he is scheduled to face Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev in his next fight.   
 

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Campbell and Mohammedi
 
According to PunchStat, Nadjib landed more total punches than Campbell threw (Mohammedi 243/672 – 36%; Campbell 40/196 – 20%). The same was also true for jabs (Mohammedi 91/321 – 28%; Campbell 11/74 – 15%) and power punches (Mohammedi 152/351 – 43%; Campbell 29/122 – 24%).   
 

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Nadjib Mohammedi
 
After the fight, Mohammedi said, “I am very happy because this was a great place for a fight.. This was my first fight with my new trainer, Abel Sanchez. Tonight I take my time. Campbell was tired and I worked to wear him down. This was a good win tonight. I was smart tonight. Everybody got to see me. Now Canada knows Nadjib Mohammedi.”  
 
Light welterweight Yves Ulysse Junior (6-0, 4 KOs) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Miguel Antoine (17-2-1, 9 KOs) of Wildey, Barbados were scheduled for eight rounds but Junior knocked down Antoine three times in the fourth round. He continued his attack in the sixth round and knocked down Antoine at 2:43 and the referee stopped the fight.  
 

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De La Paz and Mikhaylenko
 
In the first bout of the evening welterweights Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (19-0, 8 KOs) of Gelendzhik, Russia and Felipe De La Paz (14-4-2, 5 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico faced-off. Mikhaylenko knocked down De La Paz just before the bell ended the first round. “The Mechanic” continued his fierce attack on De La Paz until De La Paz quit on the stool before the start of the sixth round.

Photos/Quotes: Kovalev – Pascal Undercard Press Conference

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Glazkov and Cunningham
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

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Czar Glazkov
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov
Thank you everybody for coming. Thank you for this opportunity. Thank you to my promoter Kathy Duva and Main Events. Thank you to my manager, Egis Klimas, and HBO. I am ready to fight and I will show a good fight on Saturday night.   
 

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Steve “USS” Cunningham
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
 
Steve “USS” Cunningham
I would like to thank everyone: my sponsors, my team at Concrete Jungle and the beautiful ladies at Main Events. This is my first time in Canada and I have fought all over the world but this is my first time fighting here. I want to thank the Heavenly Father, the God Almighty. I have a mission to complete on Saturday night, like when I was in the Navy. Come Saturday it is time to go to work. The preparation is done; it is fight time.   
 

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Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
 
Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba
First of all I want to thank God. I want to thank everyone who is here today. I want to thank HBO, Main Events, Interbox, my opponent, Vasily Lepikhin, and his team, my manager, Jodi Solomon, and my trainer, Buddy McGirt; I appreciate all of the support. I want to thank HBO. I am so happy to be back on HBO. I am looking forward to it. We worked hard and had a good camp. Lepikhin is a good fighter. A challenge like this is what I live for. You won’t be disappointed with this show on Saturday night.   
 

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Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
 
Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin
Thanks everybody for coming here. It is a pleasure to be boxing here for the first time. Thanks to HBO, my promoters, Kathy Duva and German Titov, and my manager, Egis Klimas, for this opportunity. This is big show and I am happy to open this big event on HBO. It was great preparation and training in California. I have good feeling and am very happy. Thank you to Isaac Chilemba for taking this fight. Thank you to my father, Andrey Lepikhin, who is also my trainer for helping me get here. My brother is coming today; he is my cut man. We are ready to fight.   
 

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Kathy Duva and Jean Bedard
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
 
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events
Thank you. This is the sixth time that Sergey Kovalev has fought on HBO. It seems like yesterday he had his first fight on HBO. This is going to be the first fight (on HBO) for these three gentlemen and second for Isaac Chilemba. It is a packed card from top to bottom. These men are going to entertain you on Saturday night. They have worked hard to get to this point in their careers where they are finally fighting on HBO. This puts a lot of pressure on them to perform well on Saturday night. Also I want to wish congratulations to our matchmaker, Jolene Mizzone, for putting together this amazing card. I think every one of these fights is 50-50 match-up. I know everyone will enjoy these fights. The trainers for these fights are some of the top trainers in the world. The former world champion, Buddy McGirt, is training Isaac Chilemba. Andrey Lepikhin is here training his son, Vasily Lepikhin, and Dmitry Mikhaylenko. Abel Sanchez, the great trainer who works with middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, will be here training Nadjib Mohammedi. Lee Campbell is working with the great Don Turner because his own trainer couldn’t make it here. Victor Petrochenko is training Czar Glazkov. And another legendary trainer, the great Naazim Richardson, is working with Steve Cunningham. We will have great match-ups in the ring and great match-ups in the corners. I want to thank HBO for giving these gentlemen this opportunity. In addition to Egis Klimas, I want to thank the two other great managers who helped to make these fights happen. First the manager of Steve Cunningham, his spectacular wife, Livvy Cunningham, and Jodi Solomon, who manages Isaac Chilemba.   
 
 

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Chilemba and Lepikhin
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
Jean Bedard, President of Interbox
We will please ask that the boxers not wear their hats during the face-to-face (laughing). Thank you very much to all of the boxers that will be participating in this great event on Saturday. We will have a great event and a great crowd at the Centre Bell.  
 

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Egis Klimas
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
Egis Klimas, Manager of Czar Glazkov, Vasily Lepikhin and Dmitry Mikhaylenko
Thank you. This is a really good town. I am really glad to be here. This is going to be a great night of boxing on Saturday. I can’t remember when three televised HBO fights had three Russian and Eastern European fighters. When I started in this business a long time ago with my friend, Don Turner, I could not get my Russian fighters on television. I was begging everyone to put my fighters on their cards. Sergey Kovalev was boxing in basements. Me and Don Turner would sit in the car and drive around the country to put them in fights. No network would recognize their talents. All of our hard work has finally paid off. Saturday night we have three Russian and Ukrainian fighters fighting on HBO. If anyone told me this would happen one day, I would never have believed it. All of these bouts are very competitive. Lepikhin versus Chilemba is a 50-50 fight and Glazkov versus Cunningham is 50-50 as well. This is an eliminator fight which means that the winner will face Klitschko. One of these guys has the opportunity to become a world champion. I want to thank Kathy Duva for doing such a great job with these guys. I want to thank Interbox for organizing this event; it has been a lot of work getting us all here. I want to thank HBO for this opportunity. Most of all I want to thank my boxers, my fighters, without them I wouldn’t be here. Thank you for doing such a good job. Thank you to media, photographers and everybody else for being here today.   
 

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German Titov
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
 
German Titov, Co-Promoter of Vasily Lepikhin and Dmitry Mikhaylenko
I would like to thank Kathy Duva. We are working with Main Events to promote Dmitry Mikhaylenko and Vasily Lepikhin for the last six months. In those short six months, this will be the third bout for each fighter. Both were already featured on NBCSN and in six months she was able to get Lepikhin on HBO. This is a great results for HBO. I want to thank HBO for this opportunity and our partners at Interbox.  
 
Dierry Jean
It been 30 days of abstinence for me; I have an alcohol problem. I had a great camp and am in top form. I worked really hard in camp. I saw a couple of his [Reyes’s] fights. He is a brawler but I am able to adapt to anything. I don’t think this fight is going last the distance.   
 

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Antoine and Ulysse
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
 
Carlos Manuel Reyes
I am a brawler. It is going to be an epic fight. I will do the very best I can to have a great fight.  
 
Yves Ulysse Junior
I was there for the [Jean] Pascal-[Lucien] Bute fight and now I am here for [Sergey] Kovalev-[Jean] Pascal. Wow, this is great. I am so proud and happy to be working with Interbox. I love boxing.  
 
Miguel Antoine
This is a good opportunity for me. I was out of the ring for a few years but now I am back. It is so beautiful here and I am going to put on a good show on Saturday.   
 

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Mikhaylenko and De La Paz
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events 
 
 
Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko
Thank you. This is going to be a good fight. Thank you to everybody. I want to thank my promoters for giving me this opportunity and my trainer, Andrey Lepikhin. This is a great country and I happy to be here. I am happy to be on this card with my countryman Sergey Kovalev. I will show a good fight on Saturday.
 
Felipe De La Paz
(declined)
 
David Theroux
I want to thank Interbox. It will be great on Saturday.
 
 
About Kovalev vs. Pascal 
Kovalev vs. Pascal is a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles. The fight will be televised as part of a live triple header on HBO World Championship Boxing® Saturday, March 14 from the Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Tickets are on sale now at the Centre Bell ticket office, at www.evenko.ca, by telephone at 1-855-310-2525 or through Club de Boxe Champion 514-376-0980. This event is a co-promotion of Main Events and InterBox, presented by Vidéotron in association with Mise-O-Jeu.