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Sergey Kovalev: I Knew Cleverly Couldn't Take My Power

Nathan Cleverly's unbeaten record went up in smoke as impressive Russian Sergey Kovalev took his WBO light-heavyweight title off him with a destructive fourth-round stoppage in Cardiff. The 26-year-old Welshman had been seeking headline unification fights in America and was under pressure to impress an American audience at the Motorpoint Arena being televised across the Atlantic.

However, Kovalev, a narrow favourite with some bookmakers, tore up the script in the Welsh capital by flooring Cleverly twice in the third round and forcing a stoppage in the next session to disappoint the thousands of Cleverly fans and take the title. Cleverly's record now reads 26-1 (12 KO wins) while fearsome Kovalev moves to 22-0-1 (20KOs).

New champion Kovalev said: "I came here and nobody believed I beat their champion but everywhere else in the world they knew already how good I was. I knew he couldn't take my power. The fact the fight was televised on HBO in the United States was very important for me."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bushidō on 08-18-2013

You know I actually predicted Kovalev by KO...but rewatching the fight I think Cleverly had a solid gameplan. It did look like Kovalev was losing steam on his punches. Cleverly's strategy to just stand right in front of him and…

Comment by doninlouisiana on 08-18-2013

[QUOTE=mathed;13658461]The Cleverly that fought tonight wasn't the one I've seen in the past..you can't win a fight with just a jab.[/QUOTE] I think he was afraid to throw once he felt his power, his game plan sure looked like he…

Comment by mshap on 08-18-2013

no way ol' man Hopkins steps into the ring against Kovalev....

Comment by theproof on 08-18-2013

I have seen many of kovalevs fights and he fights just like he did in the amateurs. keeps his hands moving but you can use that against him. his opponents stay in the pocket and just cover up. how come…

Comment by twosweethooks on 08-18-2013

I love fighters who have a great shot, the list is building !! Kovalev is on that list ! I hope he fights B- Hop and crowns him once and for all then fights ADONIS STEVENSON for his LHW crown,…

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