Chelyabinsk on the St. Lawrence

By Robert Ecksel on November 29, 2013
Chelyabinsk on the St. Lawrence
“Sillakh is a dangerous fighter," said Kovalev, "one of the strongest punchers I have fought."


On Saturday, November 30, at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs), originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, but now fighting out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, defends his title against Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) from Canoga Park, California, by way of Zaporozhye, Ukraine, in a fight broadcast live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

It has been a busy year for the 30-year-old Kovalev. He KO’d his last three opponents, Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1) in January, Cornelius White (21-1) in June, and undefeated Nathan Cleverly (26-0) in August, extending his knockout streak to six in a row. Determined to keep busy, determined to fight live competition, the bout with Sillakh, whose 2012 loss to Denis Grachev is the only blemish on his otherwise spotless record, may well be Krusher Kovalev’s seventh stoppage in as many fights.

“Sillakh is a dangerous fighter,” said Kovalev, “one of the strongest punchers I have fought so far. I know that he wants to take my title, but I will not let him. I will win on Saturday. I waited a long time to get the title and I intend to keep it a long, long time.”

This will be the 28-year-old Sillakh’s first shot at the crown. He has power, having KO’d 17 of the 22 men he has faced, but the Grachev stoppage looms extra large when considering his chances against Kovalev.

“As soon as I was offered to fight Kovalev for the WBO world title I jumped at the opportunity,” Sillakh said. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. I am ready for this fight 100 percent. I will come out victorious. I will be the newly crowned light heavyweight champion.”

Upsets do happen, however infrequently. Can Sillakh, whose confidence is off the charts, achieve the unthinkable?

It seems unlikely.

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  1. Koolz 06:22pm, 11/30/2013

    I see Kovalev getting the TKO at about round 5.
    Sillakh is a great boxer but Kovalev is very accurate and hits very hard.
    When he catches Sillakh it will be all over.

  2. Darrell 10:18pm, 11/29/2013

    Sillakh has no chin…Grachev proved that.  Kovalev will catch him a lot earlier.

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