IBF, WBA & WBO Light Heavyweight Championship from Montreal
Kovalev punishes Pascal in seven clinical rounds
Sergey Kovalev retained his reputation as one of the world’s best pound for pound fighters with a one sided destruction of Canadian Jean Pascal. The challenger who was getting his second crack at Kovalev and past has shown his heart by defeating Lucian Bute and going the distance with Bernard Hopkins and Carl Froch, was out of his depth stepping up to light heavyweight facing a great Champion. Kovalev controlled the fight from the first bell. Pascal went down in the first round to what looked like a clean jab but the referee ruled it a slip.
After that Pascal got a beating as Kovalev took his time and completely controlled every round. The Canadian could barely throw a punch in Round 4 as Kovalev began to take him apart, Pascal was then staggered in the fifth in a round the referee clearly considered stopping the contest on a couple of occasions. The onslaught continued in the sixth and Pascal trainer Freddie Roach threw in the towel after the same pattern continued into the seventh. Bernard Hopkins at ringside described the demolition as ‘torture.’ Kovalev said afterwards that is exactly what he intended after a very personal build up which included Pascal accusing Kovalev of racism. A unification fight with WBC Champion Adonis Stevenson, or a mega fight contest with the returning and undefeated Andre Ward, who is stepping up to Light-Heavyweight, are both options for Kovalev in the future.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
BOXING (Red = Champion, Blue = Challenger, Yellow = New Champion)
At The Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
WBA, IBF & WBO Light Heavyweight Title
Sergey Kovalev (Russia) Beat Jean Pascal (Canada) by TKO in Round 7
STILL WBA, IBF & WBO Light Heavyweight Champion of the World …… Sergey Kovalev (Russia)