Sergey Kovalev stops Jean Pascal in punishing fashion
By Joseph Correa
In what turned out to be an easy one-sided fight, IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey 'Krusher' Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) punished Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KOs) for 7 rounds before Pascal's trainer Freddie Roach said enough and stopped the fight. Roach wanted to stop the fight after the 6th round but Pascal pleaded with him and asked for one more round to get it together.Pascal was battered and looked to have a broken nose and his left eye was also showing signs of swelling. During the time of stoppage, Kovalev was ahead on all of the judges scorecards and was pitching a shutout winning each round more dominate than the previous.
During the post-fight interview, Kovalev stated that he had intentionally prolonged the fight with Pascal in order to punish him.
“I was fighting more to give him [Pascal] more pain, to punish him more,” Kovalev said to HBO’s Max Kellerman after the fight. “I don’t respect him at all.”
He addressed a possible fight with Andre Ward later this year, stating:
“I’m very happy if this fight will happen.”
Kovalev also addressed his desire for a fight with current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who Kovalev affectionately referred to as Adonis Chickenson. Stevenson happened to be in the ring at the time and pulled off what looked to be his best Tyson Fury impression by grabbing the mic and yelling choice words at Kovalev before being restrained and quieted.
“I’d like to unify all the titles. I’d like to fight Adonis Chickenson,” Kovalev said referring to Stevenson.
Overall it was a lackluster card and the final result mirrored the thoughts of many boxing fans worldwide as Kovalev completely dominated Pascal. The post fight interview was very Ivan Drago 'Esque and gave fans and foes a chilling reminder that the 'Krusher' means business.