Bell Centre Report – Kovalev Spells Out Why They Call Him “The Krusher”

Bell Centre Report – Saturday night, January 30th the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada was electric as the opening bell sounded for the re-match between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal. The fight aired on HBO Boxing, just like the first meeting between the two men.  And the results this time would be similar to the first match as well.

The opening round saw Kovalev start off pressuring Pascal.  It would be like that throughout the fight, as Pascal chose to counter-punch, at times looking to land one big shot.  A sequence where Kovalev appeared to land a jab that caught Pascal off guard sent him to the floor, but was ruled a slip.  The second round saw Kovalev grow more comfortable, as he was working the body with hard punches.

By the third round, the fight deteriorated into a sloppy affair where both men fell to the canvas in a clinch early on.  Pascal refused a touch of gloves, but the bravado could not hide the fact that he was beginning to wither under Kovalev’s steady onslaught.

Early in the fifth, Kovalev landed a big right hand that left Pascal on queer street.  Pascal spent the rest of the round running from Kovalev, who was in “hunter” mode.  Kovalev pressured but did not go crazy throwing punches.  In the end Pascal survived the round, barely.

Between the fifth and sixth rounds, Freddie Roach in Pascal’s corner appeared concerned about Pascal and he spoke about stopping the fight.

The sixth round saw the pace drop off, but Pascal threw very few punches and it was clearly Kovalev who logged another round.  Roach again threatened to stop the fight, but Pascal begged to continue.

Kovalev was relentless, and he maintained a busy work rate with a lot of power on all of his punches and he did not seem to be tiring.  Pascal was unable to mount any offense in round seven, and  Roach called the fight off before the start of the eighth.

Much was made before the fight about Pascal, and what he could possibly do to Kovalev after the first loss.  Pascal came in to this fight in phenomenal shape and with new trainer Roach in tow.  He was a much better fighter, or so he claimed.

For as much as Pascal came in a better version of himself, Kovalev had improved also. Pascal was very game, but his body would not respond after the non-stop punishment put on him by Kovalev. The undefeated Russian actually took 1:03 seconds less earning the stoppage this time out.  And that is why they call him “The Krusher”.

In the chief undercard bouts, Francis Lafreniere (10-5-2, 6 KOs) outpointed Renan St. Juste (26-4-1,18 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight contest and Dmitry Mikhaylenko (20-0, 9 KOs) out-pointed Karim Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight match.

The Lafreniere-St. Juste bout was an all-Quebec affair. Age caught up with the 43-year-old St. Juste who has been campaigning since 2003. The scores were 99-90 and 97-92 twice.

The Mikhaylenko-Mayfield contest was one-sided. The Russian pitched a shutout on two of the three scorecards. The 35-year-old Mayfield, who fights out of San Francisco, has seen his career go downhill after a promising start that saw him win his first 17 fights.

In a battle of unbeatens, Montreal’s Steven Butler advanced to 14-0-1  with an eight round decision over Antonio Hoffman in a super welterweight match. A native of Angola who fights out of Germany, the 21-year-old Hoffman was making his North American debut. He came in with a record of 13-0.

Below is a photo of the official judges scores compiled by the Quebec Boxing Commission for the Kovalev vs Pascal bout. No controversies in this one:

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Check out this The Boxing Channel‘s video with results and highlights.

COMMENTS

-oubobcat :

It was not remotely competitive. Pascal showed signs of being shot against Gonzalez and clearly was not the same fighter he once was. Kovalev could have finished him much earlier but carried him, good thing Roach was smart and stopped the fight when he did.


-stormcentre :

Roach (again) made a huge difference and lived up to all he said. :) :)


-deepwater2 :

It was not remotely competitive. Pascal showed signs of being shot against Gonzalez and clearly was not the same fighter he once was. Kovalev could have finished him much earlier but carried him, good thing Roach was smart and stopped the fight when he did.
Thank God Roach stopped the fight. Pascal actually stayed off the ropes for the most part during that last round, so I thought they might let pascal go another round. That was a savage beat down. Kovalev let Pascal off the hook many many times and just continued to extend the beating. Roach did the right thing and saved Pascal from even more permanent damage. Pascal made a real dangerous mistake by taking the low road and throwing out the racism accusation. Pre fight boasting is one thing but when you make those serious accusations it can do irreparable damage to a man's reputation. The only thing to do in Kovalev's mind is to extract justice in the most brutal way possible. No holding back when you are fighting of evil.


-Radam G :

Thank God Roach stopped the fight. Pascal actually stayed off the ropes for the most part during that last round, so I thought they might let pascal go another round. That was a savage beat down. Kovalev let Pascal off the hook many many times and just continued to extend the beating. Roach did the right thing and saved Pascal from even more permanent damage. Pascal made a real dangerous mistake by taking the low road and throwing out the racism accusation. Pre fight boasting is one thing but when you make those serious accusations it can do irreparable damage to a man's reputation. The only thing to do in Kovalev's mind is to extract justice in the most brutal way possible. No holding back when you are fighting of evil.
Oh, YES! The "Krusher" put a "what's my name," this-is-my-game @$$ thrashing on the banana-throwing Pascal. And that is what Pascal gets. Nuff said! Holla!


-amayseng :

Thank God Roach stopped the fight. Pascal actually stayed off the ropes for the most part during that last round, so I thought they might let pascal go another round. That was a savage beat down. Kovalev let Pascal off the hook many many times and just continued to extend the beating. Roach did the right thing and saved Pascal from even more permanent damage. Pascal made a real dangerous mistake by taking the low road and throwing out the racism accusation. Pre fight boasting is one thing but when you make those serious accusations it can do irreparable damage to a man's reputation. The only thing to do in Kovalev's mind is to extract justice in the most brutal way possible. No holding back when you are fighting of evil.
Absolutely, Kovalev took it personally as he should have. One of the worst accusations one can receive in this life is to be called a racist. I started a thread on this immoral slandering that Pascal put out there with a very disappointing response from the TSS universe. I rather enjoyed watching Kovalev take the law into his own hands and beat Pascal to a pulp.


-The Good Doctor :

I thought Kovalev pulled back in the last 3 rounds. He almost had a look on his face of aloofness or even boredom. To take some of you guys back, it kind of reminded me of Hagler-Hamsho except it ended a little earlier. Hagler punished and toyed with Hamsho for 11 rounds while at any given point he could have put him out of his misery. I think Kovalev was in the exact same mode except not quite as brutal as Hagler. Also, as a side bar, during the shenanigans post fight, did anyone notice how much smaller Adonis is than Kovalev? I thought they were remotely the same size and they are not. Seeing that just reemphasizes to me that the two will never meet.


-The Good Doctor :

Absolutely, Kovalev took it personally as he should have. One of the worst accusations one can receive in this life is to be called a racist.
I started a thread on this immoral slandering that Pascal put out there with a very disappointing response from the TSS universe. I rather enjoyed watching Kovalev take the law into his own hands and beat Pascal to a pulp.
Take it from a black dude that works in an old white man industry, has young white women working for him, and deals with every race imaginable on a daily basis: People do not like jumping into the race conversation. It is uncomfortable to so many people which completely prohibits honesty which is why it will never end the cancer that is racism. I am very open and honest about race with my subordinates, my partners and my customers and only when I completely diffuse them are they willing to be honest. The only people by in large willing to be honest and open from the beginning are the extreme bigots and racists who typically hide behind the veil of the internet. You may be disappointed in the response, but that is almost a reflection of this society.


-amayseng :

Take it from a black dude that works in an old white man industry, has young white women working for him, and deals with every race imaginable on a daily basis: People do not like jumping into the race conversation. It is uncomfortable to so many people which completely prohibits honesty which is why it will never end the cancer that is racism. I am very open and honest about race with my subordinates, my partners and my customers and only when I completely diffuse them are they willing to be honest. The only people by in large willing to be honest and open from the beginning are the extreme bigots and racists who typically hide behind the veil of the internet. You may be disappointed in the response, but that is almost a reflection of this society.
Thanks for the reply TGD. My point is we ALL need to take a stand and not accept racism in Any way, even when it is used to hype a fight. Exploiting racism for hype is disgusting.


-Radam G :

Take it from a black dude that works in an old white man industry, has young white women working for him, and deals with every race imaginable on a daily basis: People do not like jumping into the race conversation. It is uncomfortable to so many people which completely prohibits honesty which is why it will never end the cancer that is racism. I am very open and honest about race with my subordinates, my partners and my customers and only when I completely diffuse them are they willing to be honest. The only people by in large willing to be honest and open from the beginning are the extreme bigots and racists who typically hide behind the veil of the internet. You may be disappointed in the response, but that is almost a reflection of this society.
The AmerKano society is screwed up because it tells itself lies -- BIG LIES! And fronts like it is a melting pot society that works well. But it is full of bulljive and hell. And what feeds it, is hypocrisy and hesitation to confront it. In my country, the scumbag bigots and racists know their place. Because in a grave yard for them we have plenty of space. And if they were too scummy, we feed them to our friendly crocodiles. We are all about: "don't start no syet, and you won't end up as crocodile food that will come out of his hinny as feces. Nuff said! Holla!


-Yogo :

Krusher and Pascal's childish behavior aside, and much more importantly, Pascal should not have been in that ring. He was just as awful as Bute, neither deserved the W. Destroyed in the first v Krusher. Soundly beaten by Gonzalez. It was as nasty As GOAT Terrell in there Godamn it. Safe to say Krusher goes into the echelons, the guys a living legend right there.


-Radam G :

Krusher and Pascal's childish behavior aside, and much more importantly, Pascal should not have been in that ring. He was just as awful as Bute, neither deserved the W. Destroyed in the first v Krusher. Soundly beaten by Gonzalez. It was as nasty As GOAT Terrell in there Godamn it. Safe to say Krusher goes into the echelons, the guys a living legend right there.
C'mon, Yogo! The GOAT taunted the late Terrell with dialogue while he whupped dat arse. Hehehe! The "Krusher" was silent with the whuppin' that he put on Pascal. Moral of an arse thrashing: STFU before the scrap, or on your arse the champ will put a zap. And make you look like a he bytch who needs a pap. And that is a rap. No need for me to give a recap! Holla!


-stormcentre :


The AmerKano society is screwed up because it tells itself lies -- BIG LIES! And fronts like it is a melting pot society that works well. But it is full of bulljive and hell. And what feeds it, is hypocrisy and hesitation to confront it. In my country, the scumbag bigots and racists know their place. Because in a grave yard for them we have plenty of space. And if they were too scummy, we feed them to our friendly crocodiles. We are all about: "don't start no syet, and you won't end up as crocodile food that will come out of his hinny as feces. Nuff said! Holla!
Yep, doing that would really screw you up; for sure. I agree. It's so refreshing to read such words of wisdom from someone that gets it. Thanks. :) :) :)


-SuperLight :

I haven't seen the fight or highlights yet. I did read some about Pascal's banana antics beforehand. Anyway, [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqJN3hEyUmI">this one[/URL] was apparently the fight of the card.


-Radam G :

I haven't seen the fight or highlights yet. I did read some about Pascal's banana antics beforehand. Anyway, [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqJN3hEyUmI">this one[/URL] was apparently the fight of the card.
Holla @ the scrap, my Asiatic mate:
->http://boxingvideo.org/sergey-kovalev-vs-Jean-pascal-2-rematch-fight-live-results/. Holla!


-stormcentre :

SL, Basically it was pretty easy for Kovalev. As it was always going to be. The predictable beating Krusher handed out to Pascal was (not entirely undeserved, and) prolonged to the extent where it was crystal clear that Pascal - even after he begged for another round, and was given one, from Roach- had absolutely nothing other for Sergey; than to suffer the humiliation in front of his home town of having his new coach call the fight off at/about the half way mark. Sergery Kovalev is riding high now. But he makes a few mistakes that seem quite ingrained into his style. Mistakes that the same Ward whom blew Dawson out could capitalize on. Especially if Kovalev continues to fight guys that are not really technically savvy; or of they are - like Hopkins- then they're past their prime. Yep, I know it's not always Krusher's fault. Should Andre Ward - after a few more successful fights - settle into the light heavyweight division, regain championship stamina, and then take Kovalev on and beat him, then all the fame, influence, power, and money, and also the number one P4P position in boxing that was considered to be Floyds, will all be his. Pretty hard to resist that. Pascal (with his style and limitations) was never (with/without Roach) going to make the strategic and technical changes (not even if he had 2 years with Freddy) needed to beat Sergey. :) :) :)


-SuperLight :

Thanks, Radam. English commentary is much better for me =)


-SuperLight :

SL, Basically it was pretty easy for Kovalev. As it was always going to be. The predictable beating Krusher handed out to Pascal was (not entirely undeserved, and) prolonged to the extent where it was crystal clear that Pascal - even after he begged for another round, and was given one, from Roach- had absolutely nothing other for Sergey; than to suffer the humiliation in front of his home town of having his new coach call the fight off at/about the half way mark. Sergery Kovalev is riding high now. But he makes a few mistakes that seem quite ingrained into his style. Mistakes that the same Ward whom blew Dawson out could capitalize on. Especially if Kovalev continues to fight guys that are not really technically savvy; or of they are - like Hopkins- then they're past their prime. Yep, I know it's not always Krusher's fault. Should Andre Ward - after a few more successful fights - settle into the light heavyweight division, regain championship stamina, and then take Kovalev on and beat him, then all the fame, influence, power, and money, and also the number one P4P position in boxing that was considered to be Floyds, will all be his. Pretty hard to resist that. Pascal (with his style and limitations) was never (with/without Roach) going to make the strategic and technical changes (not even if he had 2 years with Freddy) needed to beat Sergey. :) :) :)
Storm, I won't weigh in on the miracle-working coach debate right now. I'll just say it seems we have similar thoughts there. I'd still like to see Kovalev against Ward. In fact, I'm sure many others would agree when I say I'd like to see Ward full stop. At his best, not many people can handle the guy.


-Radam G :

Thanks, Radam. English commentary is much better for me =)
Sorry! That was the Fight 1 that I inadvertently sent. Here goes Fight 2, but not in English:
->http://sportsreplaytube.blogspot.com/2016/01/sergey-kovalev-vs-jean-pascal-2-replay.html. Holla!