Give Us A Rematch, Says Team Pascal To Kovalev

Give us a rematch, Team Pascal tells TSS after their man impressed mightily against Sergey Kovalev on March 14, with his heart and stone galore. Pascal looked to be dead meat in round three, at La Bell Centre, but recuperated and had his moments in the next four plus rounds. Though the ref pulled the plug on the Haitian-bor Montrealer in round eight, the 32-year old ex light heavy champ with a 29-3-1 mark would like another crack at the Russian, who had to work quite hard to get this W.

“We want the rematch,” advisor Greg Leon told me. “The stoppage was a tad early for a fighter down only once in his entitre career! And one that had shown an ability to recover.”

And was there a rematch clause in the contract? “Only if we won,” said Leon. “But I believe HBO will want a rematch, it’s a good TV fight. And where can Kovalev make more money, than on HBO in a rematch?”

Now, Nadjib Mohammedi is ranked No. 1 by the IBF and is supposed to get a crack at the IBF champ, Kovalev. Do we think the Frenchman Mo will fight Kovalev, in Kovalev’s next bout? The IBF won’t permit their No. 1 guy to not get a crack, so Mo’s American advisor Vince Caruso believes, and thus he thinks the sanctioning body will push hard for Krusher’s next fight to be against Mohammedi.

What about it, Kovalev manager Egis Klimas? Rematch next, or the IBF business? “Mohammedi first,” Klimas told me.

Promoter Kathy Duva, what say you? Rematch time? “Someday, very likely.  But IBF mandatory with ?Nadjib Mohammedi is next. If Sergey beats Nadjib, the IBF will order their champion to meet him next after that. Lots of possibilities. Very exciting!”

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COMMENTS

-The Commish :

This one deserves a rematch. It had drama all the way. As for the stoppage, I thought it was a good one. Not until the replay did we see Jean Pascal stumble towards the neutral corner opposite the one Kovalev was in. Without the drunken stumble, ref Luis Pabon may not have stopped the fight. But the stumble, followed by the two Kovalev rights, brought about the ending. Good stoppage, good fight. A rematch is definitely in order. Soon. -Randy G.


-amayseng :

A rematch would be even worse for Pascal as KK will continue to adjust using hooks off that body jab and stepping to the right away from that return right of Pascals. It was exciting a Pascal landed some good right hands but other than that he is very limited. Poor endurance, poor coordination, no jab or left hook, slow feet among other issues. It would be another enjoyable fight with Pascal getting hurt worse. I did catch him staggering into the ropes after kk slip. In fact he shoukd have had an 8 count from that exchange.


-kidcanvas :

i agree amayseng, he'll go quicker the second time around. Kovalev is a smart guy .he has Pascals number now ,he'll steam roll em in the rematch.not worth it for the hard core fans


-Domenic :

Pascal did better than I expected. A brave effort against a dominant, peak champion. This loss was better than many of his wins. He earned a rematch; don't think the outcome will be different, but he remains firmly in the mix with that performance. Doesn't have to be immediate, maybe take an interim fight to see if he's the same going forward. A war with Kovalev takes something out of a guy.


-amayseng :

I'd love to see it again for sure as it would be ad exciting just not as long. Pascal needs to get off the roids and hit some roadwork and get that endurance up


-#1 PacFan :

Helluva fight! Hats off to the referee for a great stoppage and his second one this year. I saw him wanting to stop.it earlier but gave Pascal a chance. This fight deserves a rematch but I see the same results. Kovalev is just that good. He hits hard and can take a punch. Pascal hit him with the kitchen sink and he took the punches. In the rematch Kovalev walks him down and stops it early.


-mortcola :

Pascal showed guts, some chin, and was able to wing enough unpredictable counters to land enough to make it interesting. But his only success was those quick single shots thrown in desperation - he had no systematic way to stay even with Kovalev, except by surprising him a few times. There is not reason to think he would do any better the second time, since there is really no science to his game. Kovalev turned it back around by staying a half step closer and pumping the jab to head and body before throwing his money punches. He is a very adaptable boxer, even though he doesn’t look slick - he just adjusts and goes where he needs to to land his bricks. And they would break Pascal faster if they were to meet again - Pascal wouldn’t have his little sequences and surprises, would have no new way to avoid the damage, and would absorb more damage, and take it less well. I think Kovalev will come to be known as a career-ender, as no victim is gonna be as sharp or resilient again after fighting him. As dangerous as he is, though his offense-as-defense style might fail him against a slicker, heavy-handed fighter like Stevenson. Kovalev gets hit cleanly, and like many bruisers of history is gonna have a known nemesis one day, the guy who has the antidote. if not Adonis, it will be someone, even if it doesn’t happen soon. But it will happen.


-Radam G :

Pascal showed guts, some chin, and was able to wing enough unpredictable counters to land enough to make it interesting. But his only success was those quick single shots thrown in desperation - he had no systematic way to stay even with Kovalev, except by surprising him a few times. There is not reason to think he would do any better the second time, since there is really no science to his game. Kovalev turned it back around by staying a half step closer and pumping the jab to head and body before throwing his money punches. He is a very adaptable boxer, even though he doesn?t look slick - he just adjusts and goes where he needs to to land his bricks. And they would break Pascal faster if they were to meet again - Pascal wouldn?t have his little sequences and surprises, would have no new way to avoid the damage, and would absorb more damage, and take it less well. I think Kovalev will come to be known as a career-ender, as no victim is gonna be as sharp or resilient again after fighting him. As dangerous as he is, though his offense-as-defense style might fail him against a slicker, heavy-handed fighter like Stevenson. Kovalev gets hit cleanly, and like many bruisers of history is gonna have a known nemesis one day, the guy who has the antidote. if not Adonis, it will be someone, even if it doesn?t happen soon. But it will happen.
I'm glad that you said it about Superman Steveson. Because ev'ybodee and dey momma would be calling me a straight-up hater. The Killa K is wide open for an arse thrashing and possibly a vicious one-punch kayo. He needs to seriously settle down and move his noggin. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Early candidate for fight of the year. The adjective "thrilling" barely begins to describe this fight. The fact that Pascal was able to last 8 rounds against the newly minted LightHeavyweight Boss, Sergey Krusher Kovalev is a testiment to the intensity of Pascals resolve. Not since his immensely entertaining brawl with "the Cobra - Froch" has Pascal given so much of himself in the ring. Serving up a rehash of the same a-symmetrical, non-rythmic, ambush style tactics that tipped Dawson off his throne and possibly over the edge. Hard to predict and anticipate, Kovalev did well to hound and harass Pascal across every square of the canvas until the determined challenger was fresh out of his bag of tricks and denied refuge. It wasnt easy but it was as inevitable as it was riveting to watch. Pascal can hold his head high, stick out his chest and proclaim to the world that he gave Kovalev a good fight but after the way he was beat down in such thorough fashion, I have severe doubts whether Pascal can scale that level of intensity again. Sure I'd watch it ...but with considerably lowered expectations. I do thank Pascal for giving his all, he could have laid down after round 3 and not even the Canadians would've found fault with him. Im ready to see Adonis step forward and step up to the challenge. Kovalev versus Stevenson is a much different fight. Stevenson is not a "twitchy" fighter like Pascal. He relies on setting up his powershots but is very limited because he's a one handed fighter who fights off one side off his body. Stevenson reminds me of one of those crabs who only knows how to walk sideways. Kovalev wont bore into Stevenson like he did the relatively lighter hitting Pascal. But he will eventually pick him apart like a fresh can of tuna. Stevenson is almost 37 years old doesnt have an extensive amateur experience and has been inactive since he fled his initial opportunity to fight the Krusher. ( I havent even mentioned the iffy chin)However He now recognises that its time to plan for his retirement. Look for Stevenson to take a showcase fight then begin negotiations to fight the true LtHvy Weight Boss.