Kovalev: I Wanted To Punish Sillakh, I Want Stevenson

By Luke Furman

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21KOs) explained that he wanted to punish and knock Ismayl Sillakh (21-2) out. He got his wish on Saturday at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

Kovalev knocked him down hard in the second round and taunted him while he was laying on the mat. After Sillakh made it up, Kovalev followed up with a combination that momentarily put Sillakh to sleep.

Kovalev says he was very aggressive because Sillakh had talked bad about him in the past.

"I told him that I was going to knock him out. I certainly had the desire to punish him. What happened was, after our paths crossed he began saying derogatory things about me. I didn't like that and I decided to put him in his place," Kovalev said.

Kovalev now wants a unification with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, who knocked out Tony Bellew on the same card in the main event.

"I want Adonis Stevenson next. He tries to talk [his way out of the fight], by referring to the fact that he defeated world champions and I am not worthy enough to fight him. Everyone knows that I've been in the ring with same type of opponents as him and I beat them," said Kovalev.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IronDanHamza on 12-05-2013

[QUOTE=#1Assassin;13986569]everyone knows hes been in the ring with the same competition as stevenson? sounds to me like kovalev has a few too many random guys hanging around telling him what he wants to hear, because there is no chance anyone…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 12-05-2013

[QUOTE=#1Assassin;13986569]everyone knows hes been in the ring with the same competition as stevenson? sounds to me like kovalev has a few too many random guys hanging around telling him what he wants to hear, because there is no chance anyone…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 12-05-2013

[QUOTE=#1Assassin;13996716]first of all stevenson is the best light heavyweight in the world bar none. there is no argument, he beat the man making him the man. he doesnt need to prove he is the best, everyone else needs to prove…

Comment by #1Assassin on 12-05-2013

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;13986576]Why not? Kovalev has beaten Campillo, Cleverly, and Sillakh. Stevenson beat Dawson, Cloud, and Bellew. How is that not the same level of competition? It might be better considering Campillo easily beat Cloud and Cleverly beat Bellew. Kovalev doesn't have…

Comment by 285Kid on 12-02-2013

Kovalev should fight the winner of Marcus Oliveira/ Juergen Braehmer vacated WBA world belt at 175.. if Kovalev can hold on too both WBO & WBA world belt all the other top guys at 175 have to go his way…

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