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Kovalev: I'm Ready For Beterbiev, Bivol - Chickenson Too!

Sergey Kovalev made short work of Slava Shabranskyy to recapture the WBO title Saturday night. He used a devastating series of right hands to stop the challenger at 2:36 of the second round.

"Here tonight was great boxing for me, and I love boxing and I want to make great fights," Kovalev said. "I am ready for any champion because this is very good for boxing."

Kovalev lost his last two outings to Andre Ward, and he brought a dynamic fury into the Madison Square Garden ring. He dropped Shabranskyy twice in the first round, once more in the second, and somehow Shabranskyy didn't go down from another series of powerhouse punches seconds before the fight was stopped.

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The 34-year-old Kovalev easily disposed of his opponent from Ukraine. The Russian improved to 31-2-1 with 27 knockouts. Few of them were more impressive.

"It is my goal to be the best in the division," said Kovalev, who took back the WBO crown that Ward relinquished when he retired. "I'm happy that the belts have different owners, and it makes everything interesting and we can make better fights. We have a bunch of belt holes and we can now find out who is the best."

Shabranskyy fell to 19-2. He landed a few solid punches, but he couldn't handle Kovalev's massive rights.

Shabranskyy actually started well, connecting on some lefts, even backing up Kovalev with one. But then the hammer was lowered in the form of Kovalev's right lead that floored Shabranskyy.

He got up, but was soon down from a combination including a huge right.

Things were much the same in the second round before the bout was wisely stopped.

Kovalev says he is ready for WBA champion Dmitry Bivol, IBF champion Artur Beterbiev and even WBC champion Adonis Stevenson.

"Chicken (Stevenson) is on my list, too, but I'm ready for any champion, like Bivol, and Beterbiev because this is very good for boxing. Let's do it. I'm ready," Kovalev said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Superbee on 12-04-2017

[QUOTE=theface07;18289823]The fact that you actually believe that is totally laughable. What are you talking about, Stevenson won't even give Alvarez a shot and has paid him step aside money more than once because he's afraid of being out boxed. Give…

Comment by theface07 on 12-04-2017

[QUOTE=Superbee;18254785]If indeed you had followed the whole saga, you would know it was more complicated than that... Stevenson was active then and fought mandos or top 5 guys all the time... Of course things changed after, but to say Stevenson…

Comment by Superbee on 11-28-2017

[QUOTE=theface07;18251595]Why did the Chickenson cross the road? To get away from Krusher Kovalev.[/QUOTE] If indeed you had followed the whole saga, you would know it was more complicated than that... Stevenson was active then and fought mandos or top 5…

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 11-28-2017

[QUOTE=theface07;18251608]Yeah because white people didn't have a hard on for Reagan or Bush either right. How about the pope? Even gay people are like, "Damn, that dude looks gay." Turns out it's mostly Irish and Irish North Americans that become…

Comment by theface07 on 11-27-2017

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18246936]Bi-racial lol? Did you forget who our president was? The idolatry in the Black community for Obama might be the gayest thing I've ever since in the history of the world...[/QUOTE] Yeah because white people didn't have a hard on…

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