Kovalev-Mohammedi Preview

By Robert Ecksel on July 22, 2015
Kovalev-Mohammedi Preview
"I don’t care where I am," said Krusher. "It is most important what I have, not where I am."

“I can count on my left hand who are the real fighters in boxing: Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto and Keith Thurman…”

This Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs), from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, by way of Kopeysk, Russia, will defend his WBA/IBF/WBO titles against Nadjib “Irondjib” Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs), from Gardanne, Bouches-du-Rhône,France.

After stopping former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal in his last fight, many believe Mohammedi is a step down in class, unless of course you’re Krusher Kovalev, who never met a man he didn’t want to knock out.

“For me, any fight means a lot because it is the next step,” said Kovalev during a recent teleconference call. “Who I am and how I do my job means a lot. He deserves this fight. I very excited that I have three titles and I have the opportunity to defend them against Mohammedi. He is very motivated. When a boxer is motivated or any man is motivated it makes him very dangerous.

“I can say that I will kick his ass.”

When Kovalev fought Pascal, who has had his share of ups and downs, having lost to Carl Froch in 2008 and Bernard Hopkins in 2011, the Haitian-born Canadian was more competitive that most expected.

“I had some problems in my training camp for Pascal,” Kovalev said. “I made some mistakes. I started to make my weight very late. I celebrated New Year and Christmas in Russia. Christmas is biggest holiday in Russia. I got a lot of overfull. It made for me big trouble to make the weight for the fight. I didn’t have a good sparring partner for the fight. It was a lot of things. Right now everything is clean and going very well.

“I don’t want to speak about Pascal because he does not deserve to get attention. He lost my respect for him even before the fight. I cannot respect even his team. He is piece of shit. Same as Stevenson. I think all fighters make terrible fighters in Canada. I don’t respect and I want to kick his ass again and much, much bigger this time.”

Kovalev has fought in Russia, Canada, and all over the United States, but he has not fought in Las Vegas. That will change Saturday night.

“For me it doesn’t matter where I am fighting. I don’t have any problems. I feel very comfortable and happy that my fight is in Las Vegas. I wait a long time for my fight. I wanted LA or Las Vegas and it will happen July 25. I am very happy and excited because I wanted to give to my fans who have waited a long time to watch my fight live and now it will happen.”

As talented as Kovalev is, he believes the best is yet to come.

“I want to be better and want to be improved for every fight because a boxer can never be perfect,” he said. “One hundred percent everything is good? No. Every boxer wants to be better, better, better. My goal in my preparations is to get better and remove all my mistakes from last fight, to show people I can not only punch, I can also box. I am disappointed people couldn’t see in my first 14 or 15 fights. I can do boxing.”

Like many foreign fighters who come to America in search of fame and fortune, it was rough going for awhile.

“I just started to get good opponents when I signed contract with Kathy Duva,” said Kovalev. “Very big respect with Kathy Duva and her team that they got attention on my boxing. I am very happy that I signed a contract with Main Events and right now my career is going up. We give to boxing fans good boxing fight because right now it is very seldom in real fights. Because a lot of fighters are making business but not making boxing. I can count on my left hand who are the real fighters in boxing: Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto and Keith Thurman and I don’t remember more. And maybe me. I don’t want to push me that I am the best, but if people are thinking it I am very happy. I wake every morning and get running and working hard. I happy that people are thinking that I am good boxer.

“I don’t care where I am. It is most important what I have, not where I am.”

Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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