Kovalev Searches For Redemption & Unification
Sergey Kovalev feels that he has been blessed with an opportunity, as he looks to reclaim the WBO light heavyweight championship on November 25th, inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Kovalev will be coming to the “Mecca” of boxing looking to redeem himself after two major losses to Andre Ward in back to back fights. Ward retired in 2017, after defeating Kovalev in their second clash in the span of a year. The first fight was a toss-up according to those in the boxing community, with some saying that the “Krusher” may have been robbed of a victory. Their second battle on the other hand, saw Kovalev downed by what many thought to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Watch: Kovalev/Ward I via HBO Boxing
None of that matters now for Kovalev, as he isn’t looking behind nor past his opponent, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, whose devastating power has led to an 80% of his fights ending by knockout.
In an exclusive conversation with FIGHT SPORTS, Kovalev felt confident in his camp and that he isn’t worried about his opponent’s power.When asked if he will seek the knockout, Kovalev told FIGHT SPORTS,
“If I see opportunity to knock him out, I will.”
Kovalev also told us that the only thing he changed about his camp following the WBO making this a title fight was, preparing for 12 rounds instead of 10. And Kovalev looks to make all of his fights in 2018 twelve-round fights, by winning the championship. Kovalev heading into his fight with Shabranskyy, has only fought once in 2017, the aforementioned fight against Andre Ward.
When asked by FIGHT SPORTS, what he wants his 2018 schedule to look like, he was pretty upfront about staying busy.
“I’m ready to fight four times… Give me anyone.”
Kovalev is also hoping for unification of the light heavyweight crowns in 2018, but made it clear he isn’t looking past Shabraskyy.
Learn more about the “Krusher” in our latest edition of “Five Things You Didn’t Know”!