A Motivated Kovalev Looks To Regain On Saturday
On Saturday night, Sergey Kovalev gets his rematch against Eleider Alvarez for the WBO light heavyweight title.
Kovalev, who is currently under investigation for an alleged 2018 assault, is focused on reclaiming the title Alvarez took in an upset last August.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Kovalev admitted that he was lazy heading into his loss to Alvarez, but now knows he has to make it right.
“Right now I must prove that I am the best in this division by this victory on Saturday night,” the former world champion said during a media scrum.
I didn’t have enough gas, enough power. You saw my condition. I was lazy it was like something was wrong with my body.
“Right now Buddy has taught me a lot,” speaking of his new trainer Buddy McGirt. “Saving energy for the fight and I listen to him 100% on his recommendations and I follow his instructions. I like this training camp but we’ll see Saturday what the boxing side will show.
“When I became pro I got three belts just by using my amateur experience be cause my fights went often my first two years as a pro I fought 5 or 6 times a year. Then later I fought two or three times a year and one year I fought only once. That’s crazy.”
“Between the fight it was long rest and I didn’t work out. I was busy with my life. I was famous in my small group, in my circle. I was busy with my family and with my friends. Every fight I started my training from zero. No one was there to work on or remind me of my style. I fought every fight just on my memory from the amateurs. I had coaches but they didn’t help me with my boxing or my conditioning or anything. Everything I did myself. Everybody has seen the result. I am happy that I started working with Buddy and he has reminded me of my amateur style and using a lot of boxing – not the goal to knock somebody out, but boxing. It’s a good idea to not have to win by knockout, but by boxing. The will be, at one time, a punch that will catch him. If you can punch, you will.”
“The last fight he got lucky, Kovalev said of Alvarez. “I lost concentration for just a couple of seconds – a lack of attention just for one second. Then I couldn’t get focused after the knock down.”
“Maybe I wasn’t ready enough. I don’t want to use it as excuses but on Saturday I will prove that I am better than Alvarez. And that is my goal to get my belts back. That’s my goal right now and it is a big motivation.”