Kovalev Eyes KO: Caparello Better Learn How To Run!

By Keith Idec

ATLANTIC CITY – Sergey Kovalev offered Blake Caparello some blunt, concise advice through third parties.

“He better learn how to run,” Kovalev said.

Caparello can box, but the Australian southpaw is a 12-1 underdog given little chance by most boxing experts of upsetting Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and sabotaging Kovalev’s tentatively scheduled showdown with IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (56-5-2, 32 KOs, 2 NC).

“I want to try to knock him out quickly,” Kovalev said. “We’ll see in the ring. I want to show people that I can punch, how I can box. I’m interested, too, what I can show in the ring [Saturday night].”

His desire to stop his opponent quickly at Revel’s Ovation Hall aside, Kovalev respects Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) for accepting their scheduled 12-round fight for his WBO light heavyweight title. When pressed to talk more about Caparello’s chances, Kovalev refrained from degrading a huge underdog that’ll clearly face the toughest test of his career in the second of three bouts HBO will televise as a split-site “Boxing After Dark” tripleheader (9:45 p.m. ET).

“I don’t like to speak about any fights,” Kovalev said. “I just like to show in the ring what I can do. I’m not a talker. I’m a fighter. Everybody’s interested in, ‘What? What? What?’ I don’t know what. It’s a fight. Anything can happen. That’s boxing. One punch can change everything.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 08-02-2014

Maybe he should've took Kovalev's advice

Comment by kiaba360 on 08-02-2014

It's uncommon for a pressure-puncher to encourage his opponent to run. Don't give him any ideas!

Comment by Boxing410 on 08-02-2014

Not that its not smart. I just think it shows no class.

Comment by daggum on 08-02-2014

[QUOTE=Bachavelli;14819231]if he loses this fight will go down in history as the ultimate example to never overlook an opponent .. for him to even be in talks with b hop right now is the lowest level of disrespect ive seen…

Comment by Foreign Soil on 08-02-2014

[QUOTE=Boxing410;14819179]No... He was asked who has hit him the hardest so far? In which he answered my mother. Cap knows this guy can punch. He will be boxing (running in the mind of some), but I believe he goes down…

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