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Cleverly: Sergey Kovalev's Punches Were Like a Hammer

This past Saturday, Nathan Cleverly fifth defense of his WBO-light heavyweight title ended in disaster as he suffered a crushing fourth-round knockout defeat against Kovalev at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. Cleverly is still coming to terms with this devastating defeat and has suggested there might be some major changes after losing his unbeaten record.

Kovalev has 20 stoppages in his 22 wins and Cleverly's granite chin could not withstand his concussive power. Cleverly was floored twice in the third round and revealed that the punches felt like being hit with a 'hammer'.

He told Boxing News: "I suppose I wasn't surprised because with his record it was inevitable that he was a banger and every shot he threw was a thudding shot. It was like a hammer. He wasn't rapid fast, he had good timing, good distance and his punches were just so hard ... His jab, his right hand. Just when he caught you on the shoulder he would have an impact and he was just clubbing me."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BTL on 08-17-2015

was a good fight.

Comment by pedrito on 08-21-2013

"Cleverly's granite chin" hehe yeah right

Comment by itsafight on 08-21-2013

I'm convinced this Kovalev dude puts something in his gloves or is on something.

Comment by mezoomozaa on 08-21-2013

[QUOTE=klit_power;13665715]i mean its not like he has any room to make excuses does he? clearly outclassed..the best he could is to make it out like he was only beaten by a superhuman[/QUOTE] Have you ever heard about someone called Donaire…

Comment by SP4RTICUS on 08-21-2013

Hopkins would beat him easily' clinch headbutt run clinch headbutt run complain. I dare say an easy nights work. clev showed he needs to develop an inside game and put some power in, he doesn't have the speed or chin…

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