Does Kovalev ACTUALLY Have No Plan To Fight Hopkins?

You may have heard Sergey Kovalev telling media that he has no plan, no strategy to fight Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night.

I approached his trainer, John David Jackson (both seen above in David Spagnolo photo) , on Tuesday, at Gleason’s Gym, and asked him about that. He smiled, broke into a big grin actually and said, “Sergey likes people to think that (there is no strategy), that’s alright, that’s OK.”

JDJ, a former 154 and 160 champ, said he’s watched Hopkins-Jones I, vs. Karo Murat, Beibut Shumenov, Chad Dawson II and Joe Calzaghe and the first five rounds of the win over Jean Pascal to properly scout Hopkins, who he actually helped corner for awhile a few years back.

“Watch the last two and a half fights he lost, it’s to anyone that’s athletic, young and strong. They got him. Murat, Shumenov and Tavoris Cloud, they were robotic.”

OK, but some folks think your guy is sort of robotic, John David…

“I want Bernard to think Sergey is robotic. That’s what I want him to think. When you watch Sergey fight, knock a guy out, it’s not a one punch knockout. He thinks. He’s dissecting all the time, he’s working. He’s breaking you down. He hits you with one shot at the end.”

I probed the tutor, a Colorado native who fought and lost to Hopkins in 1997, his third to last fight, and asked what it is he could maybe see on Saturday that will have him a bit worried. Is it, maybe, if he sees Kovalev falling into Hopkins’ pace?

“Yeah,” he agreed. “If I see that, I have to wake him up real quick. If he wants to keep being a champion, living the life he’s living, he’ll wake up. Whatever I tell my fighter to do, he does it.”

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-deepwater2 :

?Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.? ― Benjamin Franklin


-The Commish :

Unless we are all wrong and all missing something, this is one of the most interesting and compelling light heavyweight title bouts in many years. Can't wait for that opening bell. By the way, so there is not a dozen threads on Saturday night saying, "(Winner) wins Unified Light Heavyweight Title," can we possibly agree to have only one or two of those, and everybody else chime in? Certainly, if anybody has a different angle for a thread, that's great, but if each of us put up a thread merely saying who won, it defeats the purpose, I think. I'll go along with whatever you guys decide on doing. (Maybe El Dude should put up the thread, as he knows more than all of us put together. If you're new on this site, reading him earlier this year was a laugh every graph!) -Randy G.


-The Shadow :

One thing Kovalev definitely needs to plan for is the hand speed of Bernard Hopkins. It's totally deceptive and remarkably fast, when he wants it to be, especially for his age. Look at how he explodes on Tavoris Cloud in this sequence here:
->http://youtu.be/nhoai3RucWA?t=33m19s His coach Nick Ashford better have his guy well prepared. On a different note, I was very impressed with how Kovalev handled Sillakh who gives angles, movements, kinda like Hopkins does.


-Radam G :

One thing Kovalev definitely needs to plan for is the hand speed of Bernard Hopkins. It's totally deceptive and remarkably fast, when he wants it to be, especially for his age. Look at how he explodes on Tavoris Cloud in this sequence here:
->http://youtu.be/nhoai3RucWA?t=33m19s His coach Nick Ashford better have his guy well prepared. On a different note, I was very impressed with how Kovalev handled Sillakh who gives angles, movements, kinda like Hopkins does.
Wow! I told ev'ybodee and dey momma that Sillakh was perpetrating a fraud and would get KTFO early. I was right. Dude got angles of straight in and straight back. He was easy to attack. Holla!


-Radam G :

S-Ko has a plan. But he is just letting you know that ev'ybodeee and dey momma have a plan going into dat squared jungle until they are hit, Then they throw away that s**t. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Every fighter has a plan... Kovalev will be prepared for a mutli phasic offence along with being able to adjust to the many transitions inevitably he will encounter during the fight. Kovalev has been sparring with quick, mobile, slick boxers... That in itself is a plan.


-The Shadow :

His plan is singing along to the tunes of Ashford & Simpson. Nick, his trainer, is singing all this jive, "treat him like an old man," but Kovalev will soon realize that being able to recite lyrics won't make him anymore Solid (as a rock). On the contrary, I wouldn't be surprised if Killer Krusher Kovalev gets the Big Bear "Flashback" of the daily spankings from GGG. Only this time, the spanking will be delivered courtesy of an Alien.


-brownsugar :

His plan is singing along to the tunes of Ashford & Simpson. Nick, his trainer, is singing all this jive, "treat him like an old man," but Kovalev will soon realize that being able to recite lyrics won't make him anymore Solid (as a rock). On the contrary, I wouldn't be surprised if Killer Krusher Kovalev gets the Big Bear "Flashback" of the daily spankings from GGG. Only this time, the spanking will be delivered courtesy of an Alien.
Kovalev wasn't getting spanked by GGG. According to Coach Able who coached both fighters at one time, Kovalev had to be relieved of sparring duties against GGG because he REFUSED to put any hurt on Golovkin. Kovalev for what ever reason (these guys came up in the amateurs together and know each other very well) sparred 3G like he was boxing his best friend or little brother. Able said Kovalev refused to take off the kid gloves or box aggressively and Able dismissed him because he wasn't giving GGG any work. He never said Kovalev was afraid.... He just refused to engage. Maybe he sees GGG as a potential opponent.


-Radam G :

Kovalev wasn't getting spanked by GGG. According to Coach Able who coached both fighters at one time, Kovalev had to be relieved of sparring duties against GGG because he REFUSED to put any hurt on Golovkin. Kovalev for what ever reason (these guys came up in the amateurs together and know each other very well) sparred 3G like he was boxing his best friend or little brother. Able said Kovalev refused to take off the kid gloves or box aggressively and Able dismissed him because he wasn't giving GGG any work. He never said Kovalev was afraid.... He just refused to engage. Maybe he sees GGG as a potential opponent.
Not true. S-Ko couldn't handle 3g. The reason that he would go wuzzy was because he didn't want end up being outta pu**y. One has to know what is reliable in boxing and what is not. Holla!


-The Shadow :

Kovalev wasn't getting spanked by GGG. According to Coach Able who coached both fighters at one time, Kovalev had to be relieved of sparring duties against GGG because he REFUSED to put any hurt on Golovkin. Kovalev for what ever reason (these guys came up in the amateurs together and know each other very well) sparred 3G like he was boxing his best friend or little brother. Able said Kovalev refused to take off the kid gloves or box aggressively and Able dismissed him because he wasn't giving GGG any work. He never said Kovalev was afraid.... He just refused to engage. Maybe he sees GGG as a potential opponent.
Actually, Abel said that Kovalev "was" afraid:
->http://youtu.be/K9pi6uYm6Jk?t=1m49s GGG used to give him that work, [URL="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCAQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZII-UVG5vo8&ei=w15cVJC3L4eHPaKsgIgB&usg=AFQjCNEqtQ6ezApmlNKopvkowYWFPbUimA&sig2=SxDdI6KaXSPACbau0p__Ng&bvm=bv.79184187,d.ZWU">he even dropped him.[/URL] It wasn't good for his confidence, which started to impact his performance. "He just fell apart in there against Golovkin," Sanchez said. "It was either too much respect or too much fear." That's when he went to Florida to hook up with John David Jackson/Ashford and he's been building great momentum since.


-amayseng :

Actually, Abel said that Kovalev "was" afraid:
->http://youtu.be/K9pi6uYm6Jk?t=1m49s GGG used to give him that work, [URL="http://youtu.be/K9pi6uYm6Jk?t=1m49s">he even dropped him.[/URL] It wasn't good for his confidence, which started to impact his performance. That's when he went to Florida to hook up with John David Jackson/Ashford and he's been building great momentum since.
No shame in getting handled by GGG even in sparring. Good Lord, even title holders two divisions up are getting spanked by GGG. GGG is the future of boxing.


-amayseng :

Oh, also it is probably best Kovalev does not have a direct plan, because whatever it is Bhop will turn it against him and mentally that could, would break him down spiritually. Its best Kovalev take one round at a time and try to win it convincingly, if he is looking to land big shots next thing he knows 5 rounds have passed and Hopkins will have controlled and won them all. Then he will be fighting desperately and out of sorts......


-BFF :

go krusher!!


-Radam G :

S-Ko will be going straight to defeat. And he is going to be easy to beat. B-Hop has already won the first round. And S-Ko is trying to make a decision to quit or continue. Don't you just love to hear the "Alien" spit that awesome knowledge. He is mad down with da K.
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myZ5GehL2es. Holla!


-The Commish :

I am sure Kovalev has, not just Plan A for B-Hop, but Plan B and even Plan C. Team Kovalev would like for B-Hop to believe Kovalev has no plan, other than to bullrush him at the opening bell and throw wild shots. I think you'll see a very controlled Kovalev answer the bell to Round 1. What happens after thatis anybody's guess. -Randy G.