Sergey Kovalev Greatest Hits
Sep 20 2014 11:59 PM
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Watch some of the best knockouts in the career of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Kovalev vs. Caparello happens Sat., Aug. 2 on HBO as part of a split-site tripleheader beginning at 9:45pm ET/PT.

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oubobcat says:

The fight that I became convinced that Kovalev would be a star was his January 2013 performance against Gabriel Campillo. At the time of that fight, a lot of people in boxing thought Kovalev was a puncher who would have problems against a good boxer. The thought was also if Kovalev was extended any kind of rounds he would tire, lose snap on his punches and be very sloppy. Many boxing experts were predicting that Campillo was going to out box Kovalev. But instead Kovalev utterly destroyed Campillo and showed that he knew in that fight how to set up his power punches to land against a slick skilled fighter.

I don't see Kovalev having any issues with Caparello. Caparello in a way is similar to Campillo though has not accomplished anywhere near as much in the ring as Campillo. But stylistically similar fighters. Kovalev is a ferocious puncher as we all know and will find a way to land against the slick Caparello much like he did against Campillo. I see a very similar result and would be stunned if Caparello lasts any longer than Campillo did against Kovalev.

The Good Doctor says:

I saw the Campillo fight and it was my first glimpse of him. I must admit I was impressed. He is a slugger than can box. Since that fight I have watched some old footage on him and one thing that instantly jumps out to me is that he is continually evolving. The product we saw 5 fights ago, is not as good as the product we see now. The scary thing is that he has room to improve. I don't think he has any glaring flaw but there are some minute tweaks that could make him even better.

I think at light heavy, he is better than everyone except maybe Hop and that would be an interesting scrap. I think he beats Adonis to a pulp. If he was interested in a cruiserweight bout, I can see him beating Huck for a belt. At 168 (if he can make that weight) I think he gives all of them fits with the exception of SOG.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=The Good Doctor;59628]I saw the Campillo fight and it was my first glimpse of him. I must admit I was impressed. He is a slugger than can box. Since that fight I have watched some old footage on him and one thing that instantly jumps out to me is that he is continually evolving. The product we saw 5 fights ago, is not as good as the product we see now. The scary thing is that he has room to improve. I don't think he has any glaring flaw but there are some minute tweaks that could make him even better.

I think at light heavy, he is better than everyone except maybe Hop and that would be an interesting scrap. I think he beats Adonis to a pulp. At 168 (if he can make that weight) I think he gives all of them fits with the exception of SOG.[/QUOTE]

I'd favor him heavily against both Hopkins and Stevenson. Personally, I think Kovalev is the best light heavyweight in the world all belts/lineal titles aside.

As for Ward, I think Kovalev's power would be too much for Ward. But wow, that is such an interesting fight and one I'd love to see.

That fight along with Rigondeaux-Santa Cruz are the two most intriguing makeable fights in the sport right now. The contrast of styles and the skill of each of the combatants in the respective fights are what make these so mouth watering to hardcore fans.

The Good Doctor says:

[QUOTE=oubobcat;59630]I'd favor him heavily against both Hopkins and Stevenson. Personally, I think Kovalev is the best light heavyweight in the world all belts/lineal titles aside.

As for Ward, I think Kovalev's power would be too much for Ward. But wow, that is such an interesting fight and one I'd love to see.

That fight along with Rigondeaux-Santa Cruz are the two most intriguing makeable fights in the sport right now. The contrast of styles and the skill of each of the combatants in the respective fights are what make these so mouth watering to hardcore fans.[/QUOTE]

Wow. Heavily against Hop? Stevenson I get. I think that fight would look alot like the Froch-Bute fight where we found out what was perceived as two good fighters actually turned out to be a one sided affair.

Although I don't think it ever happens, I think Hop may give Kovalev fits. Hop would probably be at his “clinchingest”, “pot shottingest”, “rule pushingnest” version ever. I think that would throw the style of Kovalev off some. Now I do think Kovalev could get some shots on Hop and make it very interesting. I also think he would figure out how to be aggressive against Hop, unlike a lot a fighters in the past.

If I had to choose, I think Hop would squeak out a SD but it would make him seriously consider it being a swan song.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=The Good Doctor;59768]Wow. Heavily against Hop? Stevenson I get. I think that fight would look alot like the Froch-Bute fight where we found out what was perceived as two good fighters actually turned out to be a one sided affair.

Although I don't think it ever happens, I think Hop may give Kovalev fits. Hop would probably be at his “clinchingest”, “pot shottingest”, “rule pushingnest” version ever. I think that would throw the style of Kovalev off some. Now I do think Kovalev could get some shots on Hop and make it very interesting. I also think he would figure out how to be aggressive against Hop, unlike a lot a fighters in the past.

If I had to choose, I think Hop would squeak out a SD but it would make him seriously consider it being a swan song.[/QUOTE]

I think like Golovkin a couple division south of him that Kovalev is the real deal. That's why I would heavily favor him against Hopkins. Hopkins and what he is doing at his age is something special. But I think Kovalev is also something very special.

Of course, we do not know yet about Kovalev's chin or his endurance for that matter. Bute was exposed against Froch though there were signs of problems for him before (remember the first Andrade fight). As of now, we have not seen Kovalev's chin tested or him have to go into deep waters into a tough fight. So those questions remain…my gut says he is the real deal and will not show chinks in the armor. He will in fact be a big time star. Only time will tell if I am correct or not.