Sergey Kovalev kept on doing what he does, stalking, battering, stopping foes, in the main event from Mandalay Bay on Saturday night, and on HBO. This time it was Frenchman Nadjib Mohammedi who ate the leather buffet. He went down in the second and then even harder in the third. A right and left follow had Mo on the mat, unable to rise. He was pawing his left eye and wanted no more of that punishment.
Light heavy champ Kovalev, from Russia, living in CA, was 27-0 (24 Kos) entering.
Mo, from France, was 39-3 (24 Kos) entering.
The end came at 2:38 of the third, via KO.
Kova went 67-170 to 17-96 for the loser.
Main Events, Kovalev’s people, promoted. In the first, SK jabbed, looked to land a follow right, was busy early, stalked, as Mo edged back, looked to land a so-so jab, and ate a clean right 50 seconds remaining. Trainer John David Jackson asked for body work, and feints, after the round.
In the second, we saw SK go down, off a slip. Mo went down, off rights, at 1:30. He was up at 8. A right again buzzed him. He held and they tumbled to the mat, and Bayless told Kovalev not to push.
In the third, Mo had his legs. He moved more, smartly, but down he went again. He didn’t beat the count. A straight right on the chin put him on his can, and a left to the left eye maybe was more damaging.
All in all, the event disappointed, because the judges messed up a feel good story for Yunieski Gonzalez and Mohammedi was not in the same league as Kovalev. Time for some hard work and money to be thrown to get Kovalev a stiffer test…