SAN DIEGO, March 30, 2014 – Sergey Kovalev started 2014 right where he left off in 2013, although he had to work a little harder than he expected against Cedic Agnew.
Kovalev scored three knockdowns and it was the third at 58 seconds of the seventh round that did the trick, a left jab to the body that stunned Agnew so badly, it took him a few seconds to process just how hard he had been hit. After the fight, Agnew was taken to a local hospital with a suspected broken rib and broken nose.
It was only the third fight of Kovalev’s professional career past the fourth round. He had to contend with two cuts, one from a head butt (although erroneously ruled from a punch), also from an elbow. After the fight, Kovalev told HBO’s Max Kellerman, “It’s a terrible fight I had tonight, because I had two cuts. One from his head, and left from his elbow, shoulder… I’m trying to box today. He has good defense, I found the key for his defense, left to the body.”
Kovalev dismissed Agnew “He’s not a fighter, he’s just a boxer… I found the key to the body. I saw this early, this open place, in his defense.”
It was Kovalev’s comments about light heavyweight Adonis Stevenson that scored the real blow. Saturday’s fight was originally expected to be a stepping stone toward the contest with Stevenson. Those expectations were dashed when Stevenson’s manager Al Haymon bailed out of their contract with HBO and signed with rival Showtime instead.
Kellerman asked Kovalev whether he was disappointed about the situation, and he didn’t pull any punches here. “I don’t want to speak about Adonis Stevenson. Adonis Stevenson is a piece of s**t. Excuse my English,” Kovalev laughed.
A few minutes later via Twitter, Stevenson tweeted back “@KrusherKovalev You just a real slow BUM with no defence. Easy work! pic.twitter.com/IgFEuPMrDe” This was followed up by another tweet: “@KrusherKovalev Tell your mama Kathy Duva to stop crying and to call@yvonmichelGYM and @AlHaymon to make the fight happen!” (Duva is Kovalev’s manager). The photo he posted is at right.
Stevenson kept it up through the evening, engaging in a Twitter dialogue with ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael. After Rafael reported on Agnew going to the hospital after the fight, Stevenson replied, “When @KrusherKovalev fight me he will stay at the hospital and mama Duva will come see him!”
Who doesn’t enjoy a little Twitter trash talk among fighters? The boxing Twitterverse got more excited about the war of words than the battle in the ring earlier in the evening. It’s truly a shame for the sport if a Stevenson/Kovalev bout can’t be made down the road. No one wants another Pacquiao vs. Mayweather “might have been” situation.
In the meantime, Kovalev says he’ll fight anybody, and fans will watch him fight just about anybody. How about the winner of the Carl Froch-George Groves II bout? I’m good with that. Bring it on.
The co-feature bout ended in a unanimous decision for Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico (21-1, 18 KOs) over Karim Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KOs) of San Francisco. The fight was extremely close, marred by several low blows by Dulorme on Mayfield. Like most fighters, Mayfield didn’t take anywhere near enough time recovering, typical of most fighters. Dulorme should have lost a point but got away with it, and it may have lost the fight for Mayfield.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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