Kovalev vs. Agnew

By Clarence George on February 12, 2014
Kovalev vs. Agnew
Up next for the Russky? A titanic clash with WBC champ Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs)?

Kovalev will defend his title against Cedric Agnew over a scheduled 12 rounds at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on March 29…

“Nattering nabobs of negativism.”—Spiro Agnew

Does the former vice president’s famous alliteration apply to the fans of WBO light heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev as they skeptically appraise the chances of his upcoming opponent, namesake Cedric Agnew? If so, they aren’t being so much negative as realistic.

Kovalev will defend his title against Agnew over a scheduled 12 rounds at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on March 29.

Born in Russia in 1983, the five-year pro (23-0-1, 21 KOs) now fights out of Fort Lauderdale, and is coming off four consecutive knockout wins in 2013, stopping Gabriel Campillo in January and Cornelius White in June, both by third-round TKO, Nathan Cleverly by fourth-round TKO in August, thus winning the WBO title, and Ismayl Sillakh by second-round KO in November.

A Windy City lad, 27-year-old Agnew is a seven-year pro (26-0, 13 KOs) who fought once last year, defeating Yusaf Mack by unanimous decision in April.

Agnew is arguably toward the top of the second-tier. But Kovalev, who’s considerably higher than that, isn’t called “Krusher” because he makes his own wine. It’s not his feet that are purple but his hands that are red. He’ll redden them again on March 29—Kovalev by early stoppage.

Up next for the Russky? A titanic clash with WBC champ Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs)?

“Superman,” who’s scheduled to defend his title against Andrzej Fonfara on May 24, wreaked havoc throughout the light heavy division last year, avenging his only loss by stopping Darnell Boone by sixth-round KO in March, winning the WBC by kayoing Chad Dawson in the first in June, retiring Tavoris Cloud in the seventh in September, and stopping Tony Bellew by sixth-round TKO in November.

His hands, too, are red.

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2013-01-19 Sergey Kovalev vs Gabriel Campillo

2011-12-08 Cedric Agnew vs. Mikel Williams

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  1. Ted 03:02pm, 02/13/2014


  2. Clarke 02:54pm, 02/13/2014

    I do not care for Abel and I think he talks way too much and has hurt GGG’s rep.  You can’t have it both ways, will fight anyone from 154-168 but you won’t fight Ward at 168 but you would fight Chavez at 168… I don’t care for him at all but he is telling the truth about GGG and Kovalev sparring.  GGG knocked Kovalev down on two separate occasions in sparring as there were several witnesses including GGG himself who told several others. Kovalev took a knee on one of them for several minutes.  There is a reason Kovalev left from Cali to Florida to train, I am sure he had other reasons, too.  I don’t care for all the “bums” that GGG is fighting but Kovalev was scared when he sparred GGG.

  3. Ted 07:23am, 02/13/2014

    Spero-od Agnew was a Greek, Be careful.

  4. Clarence George 06:18am, 02/13/2014

    Not at all sure, Pete.  But it’s the light heavy bout the fans want.  Of course, we don’t always get what we want, which would explain why I’m not currently on some Tahitian beach rubbing suntan lotion on Salma Hayek’s…shoulders.  And I think you’re right about Stevenson’s lack of eagerness, but the pressure for that fight may ultimately prove irresistible.  By the way, am I the only one who wonders why a boxer named Adonis needs any kind of ring moniker, let alone “Superman”?

    “Spear-o’s Agnew”—outstanding!  I wish I’d thought of it, and consider it stolen.  Like Milton Berle, I’m very much “The Thief of Bad Gags.”

  5. Pete The Sneak 05:55am, 02/13/2014

    And so the mismatches continue…Clarence, are you sure ‘Superman’ is up next for The Krusher after he Spear-o’s Agnew? As much as I like Adonis Stevenson, I get the feeling he wants nothing to do with Kovalev. Guess we’ll see…Don From Prov, I have to agree with Toro on this one, just can’t see GGG scaring Krusher so much in sparring that he jetted out of there…Sounds like Abel is trying to add more ammunition to the ‘supposed’ legend of GGG (with all due respect to the wonder from down under, raxman…lol)...Peace.

  6. Don from Prov 10:48am, 02/12/2014

    Thanks, Mr. T for the opinion.  Would like to hear others if anyone cares to.

    As for Facebook, all I am missing is being spied upon by NSA—
    And haunted by folks I went to high-school with.

  7. Ted 10:39am, 02/12/2014

    GGG and the Krusher are close friends and you can be sure Abel is totally full of crap on this. The Krusher is a light heavy and no one under that weight I going to chase him anywhere., though he did get waxed once in the amateurs.

    Getting connected is getting on Facebook, You should do that, You are missing out on a lot of things.

  8. Don from Prov 10:28am, 02/12/2014

    “In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism” and the Krusher ain’t one of them.  But the trainer of GGG might be: Abel Sanchez pretty much claims that in sparring GGG chased Kovalev out of camp.  I know that sparring is not the same as a boxing match, but filling someone with too much fear to work is a strong image—And it is one I don’t necessarily believe.  So, all you connected guys on here, do you have any inside information about said sessions with GGG/Krusher?


  9. Ted 08:55am, 02/12/2014

    Just add this to my Mismatch article below. The Krusher will Krush this dude.

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