Kovalev: Ward Did Not Break Me
After his loss to Andre Ward via TKO, Sergey Kovalev contemplated retirement.
After the disappointment faded away Kovalev was determined to not end his career with that being his final fight. The former light heavyweight champion is looking forward to facing off with the 19-1 Ukranian Vyachaslev Shabranskyy on November 25 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
When speaking to a group of reporters prior to GGG-Canelo Alvarez last weekend, Kovalev claimed that
“I’m not broken mentally… I’m strong inside and I’m healthy. And God blessed me to keep my boxing career [moving] forward. Everything is good.”
With controversy surrounding around the decision of Kovalev’s loss to Ward in the eighth round of their June 17 rematch, on body blows that according to some seemed low, bothers Kovalev. The 34-year-old Kovalev knows, however, that he can’t continue dwelling on what he considers an unjust conclusion and that he must move forward.
“I made a lot of mistakes for this fight, but it’s good experience for me again. Like every fight I got something new for myself, you know, for my team. And I’m looking forward to be the best for myself, not for anybody [else]. I want to show my best boxing. I want to return to my best shape. I went to my last fight in my best shape – before [the fight], not in the fight… Before my last fight, I was in very good shape, best shape. But something happened with me when I stepped into the ring. I was very relaxed. I don’t know why – just maybe nervous. But I didn’t [feel] nervous. It was for me a surprise. I was surprised. Something happened with me, like maybe in my mind some things that it can be unfair again. I don’t know.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene