Kovalev Manhandles Mohammedi

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Kovalev Manhandles Mohammedi
Lefts, rights, bombs, missiles—it was like Christmas and Kovalev’s birthday simultaneously. (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

At the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday night, WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs), from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, by way of Kopeysk, Russia, knocked out Nadjib Mohammedi (37-4, 23 KOs), from Gardanne, Bouches-du-Rhône,France, at 2:38 of round three.

Fighting out of the red corner in blue trunks with white trim, Kovalev was an assassin. Lefts, rights, bombs, missiles—it was like Christmas and Kovalev’s birthday simultaneously.

Fighting out of the blue corner in white trimmed with red, Mohammedi, according to HBO’s Jim Lampley, is a “pizza truck owner” from outside Marseilles.

Studying his record, and the records of his opponents, I wonder how Mohammedi got this shot. He looked undeserving. He looked ill-equipped.

Krusher dropped the Frenchman in the second round with a right hand. A textbook 1-2 put him down in the third for good.

Kovalev wants Adonis Stevenson (the feeling isn’t mutual). He can fight Jean Pascal a second time. There’s Yunieski Gonzalez, the man Pascal defeated. There’s Artur Beterbiev.

There are also ongoing negotiations with Andre Ward. If that fight happens, when that fight happens, we’ll see how Kovalev does against a master boxer.

This article was penned by the author who is not related to the WBA and the statements, expressions or opinions referenced herein are that of the author alone and not the WBA.



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