August 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SERGEY KOVALEV IS A BEAST!
San Francisco, CA- What can you say about the new WBO light heavyweight (175 lb.) champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) that I haven’t already said time and again? In today’s world the term “beast” is overused. That being said, Kovalev is more than a beast, especially in light of the four round destruction of Nathan Cleverly. There was no “cleverness” on the part of the new champion and or the now once-beaten native of the UK, Nathan Cleverly. No, it was pure violence being thrown at Cleverly by the new champion.
KOVALEV TEAMS WITH “DUVA DIVA” KATHY DUVA
There are things that you see in a fighter, some of which is “substance” and some is “flash.” As I watched Kovalev rise from that of a preliminary fighter, I saw punching power that you can’t teach somebody, they’re just born with it. Sergey hits people with such force that you can hear his punches making impact all the way up in the cheap seats. When he was clipping Cleverly, who had an iron chin prior to meeting the Russian born fighter promoted by Kathy Duva and Main Events, on the arms you could hear the “thud” when they landed. Truth be told, Cleverly (26-1, 12 KOs) is a good boxer.
LIKE A NAKED MAN AT A BASEBALL GAME!
Kovalev on the other hand, is going to run through the 175 lb. weight class like a streaker, leaving bodies in a clump, all the while onlookers will just be looking on astonished! If Sergey got in with Bernard Hopkins, that would drive nails into the door of Hopkins’ pugilistic casket. As for Cleverly, he need not retire, but truth be told after watching the Brit get dropped thrice, he couldn’t beat Kovalev if he had four hands and a lead pipe.
GEALE LOSES AMERICAN DEBUT AMIDST SCORING FIASCO
As for Daniel Geale, the Australian who came Atlantic City, NJ and an HBO Boxing After Dark main event a 2-1, in some places a 3-1 favorite over Darren Barker. But bookmakers make lines, not fights, and although the fight was closer than the 116-111 card that favored Barker, more like the other two jurists who had the same score for each guy, Geale 114-113 & Barker 114-113. The 12th round is a controversial one on that two judges gave it to Barker (26-1, 15 KOs), this in a round in which Geale owned him and almost had Barker horizontal. That final round scoring blunder cost the Australian his title. Now 29-2, 15 KOs, Geale will probably get an immediate rematch, unless of course the next available IBF contender is connected to Don King.
IBF 122 LB. DIADEM CHANGES HANDS
Ex-IBF super bantamweight (122) king Jhonatan Romero 23-1, 12 KOs) made his first defense against Kiko Martinez (29-4, 21 KOs) on the HBO bill and was thrashed before losing a TKO 6. The beating put on Martinez, albeit early in his career, could be irreversible.
PUERTO RICAN SLAYER NETS THIRD ISLAND WIN
Ex-champ 105 lb. champ Giovani Segura (30-3-1, 26 KOs) scored a KO 4 over previously unbeaten flyweight (112) Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (13-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The more seasoned Segura floored Gonzalez in round two and twice in round four before the stop at 2:25. Having previously KO’d Ivan Calderon twice, this Mexican owns Puerto Rican fighters.
SATURDAY NIGHT MAYHEM IN CANCUN
WBC 130 lb. champ Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KOs) retained his title with a unanimous decision over top contender Sergio Thompson (31-3, 29 KOs) Saturday night at Plaza De Toros in Cancun, Mexico. Miura dropped Thompson twice in the first & sixth, while Thompson decked the champ in round eight, but could not close the show. Scores were 114-110, 113-112, 114-111. The champ was taken to a local hospital with a reported liver injury from the body shots he absorbed.
FRIDAY NIGHT THOUGHTS ON POLISH FIGHTER & CAMPILLO
Gabriel Campillo can no longer take a punch. The once-WBA champion at 175, who was raped (scoring wise) in a fight with Tavoris Cloud, was winning against Andrzej Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) until the Pole turned the tables with punches that didn’t look all that good before scoring a TKO 9 over Campillo (22-6-1, 9 KOs). 8,000 folks turned out for the card held outdoors at U.S. Cellular Field.