So Sergey Kovalev returned back to hostile territory at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and did the same thing he did last year by stopping Jean Pascal. This time, however, Kovalev used his great left jab and straight right hand to finish the job in lesser time.
Pascal tried to counterpunch and steal rounds from Kovalev early on in this fight, but Kovalev’s boxing patience prove to be too much for Pascal as he whipped Pascal from pillar to post in this fight. Pascal was dead tired by round 5 and Kovalev took advantage of the floundering Pascal by clobbering him with hard, brutal shots.
Round 6 would prove to be a dangerous round for Pascal as he took big right hand after big right hand on his head, but the referee did not stop the fight. Kovalev continued to patiently cut the ring off on Pascal and whack him with vicious left hand shots to his body and devastating right hands to the head.
When Pascal went back to his corner after round 6, his new trainer, the great Freddie Roach told him that he was going to stop the fight. Pascal pleaded and pleaded with Roach not to stop the fight, and Roach gave in, but left Pascal with an addendum that if he did not do anything in the 7th round that he would stop the fight.
Well in round 7, Pascal tried to swing for the fences and make a last stand in the fight, but Kovalev was like a CompuBox robot as he systematically broke Pascal down with the same hard left jabs and straight rights. At the end of round 7, Freddie Roach told Jean Pascal that he was going to stop the fight and did just that.
Freddie Roach told the referee that Pascal was done, the referee stopped the fight, and Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev was awarded the 7th round TKO victory, thus, retaining his WBA (Super), WBO, and IBF light heavyweight titles.
After the fight, HBO Boxing Analyst Max Kellerman asked Kovalev who did he want to fight next. Kovalev answered the question by saying that he would like to unify the titles and fight Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson. Kovalev referred to Stevenson as Adonis “Chickenson.” After Kovalev made those remarks, Stevenson stormed the ring and tried to go after Kovalev, but his crew held him back and Kovalev’s corner got him out of harm’s way.
Sergey Kovalev was laser sharp in his rematch with Pascal as he continues to prove to the boxing world that he is the best light heavyweight in the world. I would love to see Kovalev and Stevenson fight for light heavyweight supremacy!
As for Jean Pascal, He is no longer relevant in the light heavyweight division in my humble opinion.
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