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Kovalev punished Pascal before stoppage


It was personal for the champion. Sergey Kovalev wanted to punish Jean Pascal, who called him a racist leading up to the fight. After six round Pascal’s trainer Freddie Roach begged his fighter to allow him to stop the field. Pascal begged back for one more round. Roach let him go back out into the ring but even asked the referee to stop the fight if his fighter got in trouble. Pascal got through the round but Roach still called for the stop after the seventh.

Kovalev could have ended it even sooner but after hard flurry’s to a seemingly defenseless Pascal, he back off just to keep the fight going. Pascal was likely fighting with a broken nose since the second round.

Kovalev remained undefeated and improved his record to 29-0-1 with his 26th knockout. Pascal lost in his home town of Montreal for a second time to Kovalev, dropping his record to 30-4-1 with 17 KOs.

Pascal was just out-classed by Kovalev, who retained his IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight titles.

After the fight, Kovalev admitted he still had no respect for Pascal. He even laughed at him that he lost a $50,000 side bet that he would last eight rounds. Pascal then called out Adonis Stevenson, calling him “Chickenson” and going as far to cluck at him before the lineal light heavyweight champion came into the ring to confront him.

Though Kovalev vs. Stevenson is the dream fight that would unify the championships, contracts with different television promotions will make that fight a difficult one to create. The fiht we are destined to see, however, is Kovalev against former super middleweight champion Andre Ward, the undefeated powerhouse from Oakland. Ward moved up in weight with the intention of fighting Kovalev for a title.

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