Kovalev-Pascal Presser

By Clarence George on January 14, 2015
Kovalev-Pascal Presser
The fight everyone wants to see (no, not that one) is Kovalev versus Adonis Stevenson.

Jean Pascal is a worthy opponent. Not that he’ll win. And though he’s never been stopped, he will be on March 14…

“I must break you.”—Ivan Drago, Rocky IV

Light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal met with the press this afternoon at New York City’s Le Parker Meridien to discuss their scheduled 12-round championship bout at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on March 14. At stake are Kovalev’s WBA, IBF, and WBO belts.

Born in Russia, 31-year-old Kovalev now fights out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A six-year pro, the power-punching “Krusher” is undefeated, with a record of 26 wins, 23 by knockout, and one draw. He most recently fought in November, beating Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision, thus adding the WBA and IBF to the WBO he’d won by stopping Nathan Cleverly by fourth-round TKO in August 2013.

A Haitian, 32-year-old Pascal fights out of Laval, Quebec, Canada. A 10-year pro, Pascal has won 29, 17 by knockout, lost two, and drew once. He most recently fought in December, taking on Roberto Bolonti. The Argentine was originally slated to face Lucian Bute, but “Le Tombeur” pulled out because of a back injury. Donovan George would have made for a more interesting bout, but “Da Bomb” flunked a drug test following his fight with Dyah Davis in August, and was replaced by Bolonti, whose histrionics resulted in the fight being ruled a second-round no contest.

On the one hand, the presser was mercifully devoid of trash-talk; on the other, it was a bit too vanilla for my taste. And not French vanilla. Just garden-variety vanilla. I’m not saying I was hoping for an updated version of Mike Tyson threatening to introduce Mark Malinowski to the love that dare not speak its name, but perhaps something a bit spicier than Pascal calling Kovalev “a great champion.” He also informed the assembled press that Krusher “can punch.” Duh. The transplanted Russkie observed that he’s not one of those fighters who promise victory. “I never say what I will,” said Kovalev. Suit yourself, Champ, but “I must break you” would have been most welcome. Not even a “You will lose” or “I cannot be defeated”? No? Well, you know best, of course.

The fight everyone wants to see (no, not that one) is Sergey Kovalev versus Adonis Stevenson. But that doesn’t mean Pascal isn’t a worthy opponent. Not that he’ll win. And though he’s never been stopped, he will be on March 14.

Sergey Kovalev by 10th-round TKO.

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  1. Clarence George 01:48pm, 01/15/2015

    Possibly, but he doesn’t appear to have taken much punishment in his ring career.

  2. Eric 01:42pm, 01/15/2015

    Just watched the last round of the fight. Weird ending, the punches that Simakov took from Kovalev, didn’t LOOK like much at all, of course, I wasn’t on the receiving end of them. Maybe it was an accumulation of punishment. Strange what kills people and what doesn’t. The punch that Hearns landed on Duran looked lethal, but these seemingly nothing punches landed by Kovalev on Simakov, tragically kill him. Wonder if Simakov had entered the ring less than healthy ala Ernie Schaaf?

  3. Clarence George 01:41pm, 01/15/2015

    Ach, don’t be hard on yourself, Eric.  In fact, I almost used that very same quote myself.  I only decided not to because I knew of Simakov.

  4. Eric 01:22pm, 01/15/2015

    Oops. Sorry, I was not even aware of this bout or tragedy. God forgive me. I was only mocking Ivan Drago. Bad choice of words. I had no idea that Kovalev had killed another boxer.

  5. Clarence George 12:30pm, 01/15/2015

    Perhaps not, Eric, given what happened to Roman Simakov. But, yes, you get what I’m saying.

  6. Eric 08:59am, 01/15/2015

    “I defeat all man, soon I defeat real champion.” “If he dies, he dies.”

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