Kovalev is for Real
By Tom Mauriello, Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Cleverly comes out quick in round one. The jab is sticking and making Kovalev work. Kovalev is being patient and looking for his opening but cannot land against the slick Cleverly. Clev looks good but is circling towards Kovalev’s power.
Kovalev is able to get off his first solid combo but Clev eats it. The combo does open up a cut over Clev’s right eye. Clev is countering the jab well and getting his right hand off on Kovalev.
Both fighter exchanging with their jabs. Clev’s looks like a piston as Kovalev is setting up the right. A left hook comes through and hurts Clev bad. Kovalev attacks and put Cleverly on the mat. Clev trying to be a warrior but gets put down again. Kovalev finishes the round off strong and Cleverly is helped to the corner by the referee. Cleverly is on clear streak at the end of 3.
Kovalev jumps right back on Cleverly in round 4 and is hitting him with hard shots. Cleverly attempts to slip but the attack from Kovalev is to much. The ref steps in and stops the fight in 4.
Sergey Kovalev is for real and has put the light heavyweight division on notice. He went into hostile territory and knockout the champ in 4 short rounds. Kovalev can stop the fight with either hand and proves with this victory that he can deal with serious hand speed and boxing skill. It will be interesting to see who he is matched with next. Bernard Hopkins is the name that is being thrown around, but can the aging champion deal with Kovalev’s power?
Kovalev has proven to be dominant and is a serious threat to anyone in the division. Look forward to seeing a lot more of him, and his lead gloves in the future.
On the undercard, Enzo Maccarinelli (37-6-0(29KO’s) takes the British Commonwealth Light Heavyweight title off of Ovil McKenzie (21-12-0(10KO’s) with a vicious uppercut in round 11 of a very exciting fight that left the former Champion McKenzie out on his feet after a brutal left hook. The two fighters where trading heavy leather, but Enzo was able to bully McKenzie around with heavy pressure which ultimately lead to the knockout. This bring a resurgence to the career of Maccarinelli who seems to have some gas left in his tank.
A fast start to the British Super Feather Weight Title bout as Gary Buckland (27-3(9KO’s) is floored by a right hand in round 5 as Stephen Smith (17-1(10KO’s) This shot is a contender for knockout of the year. Smith looked crisp and hungry, and ended the fight with style. Always great to see he underdog prevail.
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