Veni, vidi, vici

By Robert Ecksel on November 26, 2017
Veni, vidi, vici
Sergey Kovalev is happy. He came, he saw, he conquered, and happiness is in order. (AP)

Everyone but Kovalev’s former trainer, John David Jackson, is totally convinced that he is really and truly back…

Sergey Kovalev is happy. He came, he saw, he conquered, and happiness is in order.

He dropped overmatched Vyacheslav Shabranskyy three times last night on his way to a second round stoppage and the vacant WBO light heavyweight title.

That’s a reason to be happy.

And Andre Ward has retired, at least for now.

That’s another reason to be happy.

“I did it,” said Kovalev after the fight, “and worked very hard to get to champion status. My brain, mentally, my conditioning, my body—I’m back.”

Kovalev is back, but he wasn’t gone for long. It has only been five months since suffering the second of two straight losses prior to last night’s victory in New York City. But one can’t blame Kovalev for believing he’s back. His promoter Kathy Duva believes he’s back. The garrulous crew at HBO believes he’s back. Everyone but his former trainer John David Jackson is totally convinced that he is really and truly back.

“It’s my goal to be the best in this division.”

As goals go, one can’t quibble with wanting to be the best in the division. But it won’t happen at the expense of the Vyacheslav Shabranskyys of the world. Krusher will have to step it up if he wants to be seen as the best light heavy out there. 

“I am here, I love boxing, I love to make great fights,” he said. “This makes boxing interesting. We can make good fights for boxing fans, and make boxing history. Let’s find out who is the best. Chickenson is on my list. This is very good for boxing. Let’s do it.”

We also love boxing and great fights and agree that this makes boxing interesting. But we’re less interested in Chickenson than Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev.

If Kovalev fights and defeats those two men, we will be happy too.

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  1. Harvey 05:17am, 11/27/2017

    Nice article Robert
    I see blow hard, know it all Eric is back now using the name Bruno.

  2. Bruno Schleinstein 11:45am, 11/26/2017

    Point well taken! I will be more civil in any future comments. Which reminds….last week a young fighter down in Panama died as a result of brain trauma sustained in a fight, apparently he did not survive long enough to make it to the dressing room and yet another site reported of his “passing”! Euphemisms suk hard!

  3. Robert Ecksel 10:48am, 11/26/2017

    Lighten up. Listen to the music. That’s what it’s there for. If you’re going to blow a gasket, do it in private. Why spoil it for the rest of us?

  4. Bruno Schleinstein 09:54am, 11/26/2017

    He needs to KO the pimp….this is the only penance that will suffice for his most grievous sin of knocking the fuk out of fighters of color and others while being white!

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