Sergey Kovalev stops Jean Pascal in 8, in ‘Krusher’s’ toughest test to date

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With the boxing world clamoring for Sergey Kovelev to have a challenge in the 175-pound division, Jean Pascal gave “The Krusher” a worthy effort Saturday night at the Centre Bell in Montreal, Canada.

Surviving an early knock down, only to give his best output of the fight after, Pascal showed tremendous will in front of his hometown crowd, but was stopped via Round 8 TKO

The fight started out with both Kovalev and Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) going back and forth landing shots, with Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) getting the best of the exchanges jumping out to an early lead on the score cards.

In the third round Kovalev delivered a vicious right hand, that sent Pascal through the ropes and was ruled a knockdown at the end of the round.

Kovalev tried to capitalize on the end of third round dramatics and came out trying to end to fight in the fourth. Pascal didn’t want the bout to be over that early, and despite taking some heavy shots, landed some of his own and made it through the round.

The fifth saw Pascal come out and land some powerful counter shots that slightly staggered Kovalev at times in the round, which gave Pascal his first round of the fight.

“He hurt me with a couple of good punches but I never lost control,” Kovalev said. “I kept my mind in control and I did my job. It’s boxing.”

Pascal continued his momentum built in the fifth and took it into the sixth round, as he carefully land several power counter shots en route to a second-straight round victory.

After two-straight rounds that saw Pascal give his best effort, it seemed that he ran out of gas in the seventh and Kovalev rode that to winning the round on activity alone.

The eighth saw Kovalev tag Pascal with some damaging blows and as Pascal was stumbling forward Kovalev went to land a shot on Pascal but slipped on the yellow logo in the middle of the canvas, sending the crowd in to a frenzy thinking Kovalev was knocked down.

Kovalev got up from that slip and eventually trapped Pascal in the corner, where he landed two huge right hands, leaving Pascal frozen in the corner resulting in the referee calling a halt to the bout in controversial fashion.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Kovalev. He’s a great champion but that was a bulls— stoppage because I was still in the fight,” Kovalev said. “That was a tough fight for both of us, and I don’t know why the referee just stopped the fight. It’s not hockey.”

Kovalev said he was up for any fight that would be put in front of him after what was probably the toughest fight of his career, whether it be bout with Andonis Stevenson or a rematch with his opponent Saturday night .

” I am ready for anything. I am ready for any fights,’ Kovalev said. “If my promoter says I fight Jean Pascal again, I will fight him.”

 

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Betting money pouring in on Pac-man despite Money May’s undefeated record

Courtesy: BBC.com
Courtesy: BBC.com

Floyd Mayweather Jr. opened up a little over a 2-1 favorite in his super-fight with Manny Pacquiao and early bettors in Las Vegas have wagered their money on Pac-man.

Jimmy Vaccaro of the South Point Hotel on the south end of Las Vegas Blvd. said he hasn’t seen Mayweather odds drop this low this far out from in years.

“I’ve never seen Mayweather this low eight weeks out before the fight,” Jimmy Vaccaro said in an interview with Associated Press’ Tim Dahlberg (h/t ABC News). “This is as close as we get to a legitimate pick ’em fight since Mayweather fought (Oscar) De La Hoya.”

According to Vaccaro there were 150 tickets in favor of Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs)compared to just 10 on Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) in the days just after the long-awaited fight was announced.

If this pace keeps up the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout might be an even money fight by the time the May 2 bout takes place at the MGM in Las Vegas.

We’re not just talking mediocre wagers here Vaccaro said the South Point has taken a few bets in excess of $10,000, showing that the public sees the fight closer than most media do.

If Pacquiao is able to hand Mayweather his first defeat in 48 bouts, he won’t be the only big loser of the night if the money keeps pouring in favor of Pac-man.

“It’s a one-way attack on Pacquiao,” Vaccaro said. “We’re well into a six-figure loss right now if Pacquiao wins.”

The guys who move the lines more than anyone in Las Vegas are the “smarts”, or those who have a track record of winning bets, especially in big money situations.  With there still being just under two months left until what should be the biggest fight in the last couple of decades, the “smarts” could shift the line back in Money May’s favor.

“The smarts really aren’t jumping in yet, they’re going to wait to see how low it goes,” Vaccaro said. “They’re telling you that they think it will get much lower.”

The Mayweather-Pacquiao bout is being called the Super Bowl of boxing, and is expected is shatter all kinds of monetary records and betting ones are no different. Betting amounts could reach around $50 million for the bout.

“Other than Super Bowl Sunday, the single day will be as big as we’ve written in years,” Vaccaro said. “Look for May 2 to be approaching the Super Bowl handle on Super Bowl Sunday, and that’s saying a lot.”

Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder: Both heavyweights confident entering title showdown

Deontay Wilder

It’s been a longtime since there was major buzz over a heavyweight fight in the United States, but on Jan. 17 that will all change as Bermane Stiverne will defend his WBC heavyweight belt against Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The bout, which will be shown live on Showtime Championship Boxing, has a lot of excitement with all involved from the fighters, to the promoters and all the way to the fans, as there is hope of a revitalization of the heavyweight division in the United States.

“This is a fight to bring boxing and the country back to where it should be and being able to bring the glory back to the heavyweight division, which has been lacking for quite a while now,” Don King, who will co-promote the bout said in a conference call Thursday. “It has been about 10 years since there was a heavyweight match here in America, so we are going to celebrate this at the MGM Grand.”

The bout has been in the making for the better part of a year now, in a bout that pits the champion Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) against the explosive Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) who boasts a 100 percent knockout-to-win ratio through his first 32 pro fights.

Despite his incredible knockout streak, many sill question Wilder, 29, as his opponents have not been top quality caliber, something the Alabama native could care less about.

“I don’t want anyone to make excuses to me. I don’t want people to discredit me anymore,” Wilder said. “But the time has come to change that.

“I have heard nothing but excuses for my 32 wins by KO and when I get 33, I don’t want to hear anything about it.”

Wilder has not been past Round 4 in any of his professional bouts and he’s not worried those quick outs may take away from his in-ring experience.

“I don’t get paid for overtime so why go all the way, that’s why I finish things early in the ring,” Wilder said.Stiverne,36, is banking on the so-called lack of experience Wilder may have, and thinks the level of competition his opponent has faced will play a role as well.

“He’s fought nobody, I always train like I’m fighting the best out there,” Stiverne, who will be making his first title defense, said. “As far as a game plan, all I can say is ‘Don’t Blink!’. Watch the action on Jan 17. I can show you better than I can tell you.”

Stiverne won his title in May when he beat Chris Arreola via Round 6 TKO and insists that all though winning a major title is great, he’s still eager to prove himself in the ring.

“The belt is great, it’s meant a lot but I’m still hungry. I still want more,” Stiverne said. “Defending my title in Vegas at the MGM Grand is a dream. Nobody will beat me. This belt isn’t going anywhere.Jan. 17 is going to be a short night and it’s going to be painful.”

 

 

Kimbo Slice Victorious Via KO In Pro Boxing Debut

By Matt Grizzle

It took a mere 17 seconds for Kimbo Slice (1-0, 1 KO) to dispatch James Wade (0-2) in his Pro boxing debut Saturday night at the Buffalo run casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

In front of a sold out crowd of rowdy fans, the street fighter turned MMA combatant turned pro boxer decimated his over matched foe with a lethal right uppercut that propelled Wade out of the ring. Just seconds later, referee Gary Ritter waved off the bout, as it was clear Wade was not going to arise anytime soon. After several exciting but scary moments, Wade sat up and appeared to be responsive.

Kimbo Slice has put the boxing world on notice, and a KO win over an outclassed and inexperienced fighter may not impress the masses, but the excitement and energy he brings is enough to shine a glimmer of hope on the heavyweight division.