KOVALEV: “Before the Fight Everybody Has a Plan”

Quotes & Photos from Kovalev Media Workout in Miami, FLKrusher

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Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev

“This fight preparation was totally hard, it's hot because it is Miami. It's hard work in the gym and obviously it's hot outside. Every day is good. Every fight preparation for me is very important whether it is title fight or not.

[About being favored to win] “I am not worried at all about this because if favorite or not favorite, underdog or not underdog, it doesn't matter. I don't care about it.

“I have to focus for all fight and getting prepared for all 12 rounds because who knows what will be inside the ring or what will he bring? I don't know how ready he will be. It's difficult to say 'I will do' because nobody knows what we do tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. We will see in the ring who will be best and who will win.”

“As a fighter he is a very dangerous fighter. He has a punch, he can punch hard. I am very interested to fight with him and see what I can do in the ring against Jean Pascal because every fight is something new; it's like a new test. For me it's very important this fight. He's a very good fighter, smart. He has a lot of power. It'll be a very interesting fight, believe me, because I will be there!

“It's my goal to unify all four titles in my division, but right now I have to focus for my defense of the three titles I have already. After this I am ready for another unification.

[On the win over Bernard Hopkins] “I already forgot (laughs). I have to focus on this fight. It's already past. Now I need to go forward.

Sergey and John David Jackson

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“I am still adjusting and adapting in this country, but I love this country. I love my country, Russia, and I love also America. It's very nice, people are very nice. My family is here and I want to thank God a lot that he gave me this opportunity to build my career as a professional here in America, because America is the mecca of boxing.

“I don't have any strategy for any fight, I am adjust my fighting from the situation. Because if your opponent will definitely be fighting differently with you and your plan is broken you need to do some thinking inside. For me it's not my goal to knock somebody out in the ring. I'm just boxing, if it will happen that I knock him out or down, it's a bonus! Save me time, save me energy and make me mentally stronger, and teach me what I should do in the gym to repeat this.

Sergey Kovalev

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[On Pascal] “He's throwing a lot of punches after you do. It's like you're punching and he's blocking and throwing. It's a dangerous moment. You should be very careful. For every fight you should be careful but he's fast. He's smart. He's a very good athlete. He's a very good boxer. He's fought good fighters: Bernard Hopkins, Carl Froch and Chad Dawson. They were champions; the best in light heavyweight division. But now it's our fight and this fight is more interesting for boxing fans because he likes to speak a lot more than he needs to speak. But it's just making me hungry. I'm not talker, I will show everything, who I am, in the ring. I'm very interested what he will say after the fight when he will be sleeping on the floor!

“I don't care what he says. He can say before one thing, but in the ring everybody doing different when faced with me. I don't want to say that everybody is afraid of me or scared of me. Before the fight is before the fight. When you are in the ring and you see how hard your opponent can punch, like maximum, believe me your mind changes. Before the fight everybody has a plan.”

About Kovalev vs. Pascal

Kovalev vs. Pascal is a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles. The fight will be televised as part of a live triple header on HBO World Championship Boxing® on March 14, 2015 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Tickets are on sale now at the Bell Centre ticket office, at www.evenko.ca, by telephone at 1-855-310-2525 or through Club de Boxe Champion (514-376-0980). This event is a co-promotion of Main Events and InterBox, presented by Vidéotron in association with Mise-O-Jeu.

Road to Kovalev-Pascal premieres this Saturday night, February 28, at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.