Kovalev's Manager on Training With Buddy McGirt For Alvarez

By Steve Kim

The decision has been made by former light heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev, that when he faces Eleider Alvarez in their rematch in early 2019, that it will be veteran trainer Buddy McGirt preparing him for battle.

Back on August 4th, Alvarez pulled off a big upset when he knocked out Kovalev in seven rounds to capture the WBO world title.

The shocking loss left the 35-year old Kovalev searching for answers about an unsure future.

sergey-kovalev (1)_6

After an acrimonious break-up with long-time trainer, John David Jackson (which occurred after his loss to Andre Ward in June of 2017), Kovalev had gone with a series of relatively unknown crew of trainers in his subsequent fights.

But after the loss to Alvarez, "He was looking for trainers and Buddy came into the picture and he said he wanted to try, he went to Buddy,"explained Egis Klimas, his manager, to

"It's not far away from his house, he trained a couple times and said he liked it, he wants it and they made a decision to work together."

But will the notoriously stubborn Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KO's) actually listen to McGirt, who has worked with numerous world champions.

Klimas states calmly, "He has no choice now. He has to listen to somebody because the formula that used to work for himself, didn't work."

For Kovalev, who was once considered one of the premiere prizefighters in the world, his career is now at a crossroads.

"Break it or make it, of course it is," agreed Klimas. "He understands that, he's a bright man, he understands what is what. So he has no choice, he has to understand now."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Philadel on 10-26-2018

Ward ruined everything for Krusher.... I bet he won’t play guard dog for GGG ever again:lol1:

Comment by Derranged on 10-26-2018

Exposedalev is just another cuck chump who can't beat a real man....

Comment by Havoctka on 10-26-2018

Ha ha ha good one !!!!!!!

Comment by Vlad_ on 10-26-2018

[QUOTE=Guy3008;19223200]Unfortunately, this will be the end for Kovalev. He is mentally weak at this stage while Alvarez is strong and confident. Buddy McGgirt can't do nothing for him. Kovalev quits after this fight. His loss to Ward has scarred his…

Comment by thekenneth on 10-26-2018

[QUOTE=SugarRaRobinson;19222894]Don’t recall seeing any post about Kov firing the Russian coach, do you ? My point is that, unless I missed it, it’s been quietly swept under the rug.[/QUOTE] Look at the post I quoted. "Buddy needs to teach him…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (61)
Top Headlines Jhonny Gonzalez Blasts Out Rafael Hernandez For Regional Belt Tyson Fury Praises Wilder For Big KO, Takes Dig at Joshua Photos: Gary Russell Jr. Retains, TKO of Kiko Martinez in Five Lipinets-Molina Targeted For July 20 Pacquiao-Thurman PPV Alantez Fox Drops, Stops Nick Brinson in Sixth Round Felix Alvarado Gets Dominant Win Over Reiya Konishi Juan Manuel Lopez, Emiliano Garcia Ends in a Majority Draw Jesus Rojas Drops Luis Castillo Three Times For TKO in Three Naoya Inoue: I Look Forward To Fighting Nonito Donaire Argenis Mendez: I Thought I Won, He Didn't Do Anything To Me Saunders: I Want Callum Smith - Canelo, GGG Don't Want My Style Gary Russell Puts Pressure on Haymon To Get Leo Santa Cruz Wilder: I Promise You, Have Patience, Joshua Fight Will Happen Photos: Deontay Wilder Brutally Blasts Breazeale - HUGE Gallery Josh Taylor Confident: Regis Prograis is Great - But I'll Beat Him Kevin Lerena vs. Vasil Ducar on June 8 in Emperors Palace Hearn: Wilder's Win Impressive, Joshua Fight Must Happen Next Video: Gary Russell Jr. Discusses TKO of Martinez, The Future Video: Andre Rozier Reacts To Deontay Wilder's KO of Breazeale Video: Deontay Wilder's Trainer Reacts To KO of Breazeale Video: Deontay Wilder Reacts To Vicious KO of Breazeale Deontay Wilder: I Told Breazeale I Love Him, We Shook Hands Deontay Wilder Could Be Ringside For Joshua vs. Ruiz at MSG Breazeale: I Think The Referee Stopped it a Little Early! Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale - CompuBox Punch Stats Jose Zepeda vs. Eleazar Valenzuela Ends in a No-Contest Deontay Wilder Demolishes Breazeale in One Round Wilder vs. Breazeale - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gary Russell Stops Kiko Martinez in Five Due To Cut Gary Russell vs. Kiko Martinez - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Juan Heraldez, Argenis Mendez Battle To Majority Draw Photos: Serhii Bohachuk, Freddy Hernandez - Ready For Battle Wilder: They've Said That I Only Have Right Hand For 10 Years Gary Antuanne Russell Stops Marcos Mojica In Fourth Round Kiko Martinez: Since a Young Boy I've Dreamt of The WBC Belt Wilder-Breazeale - LIVE Results From Barlcays Center Lolenga Mock Edges Veron, Shakhobidin Zoirov Wins Big Billy Joe Saunders Easily Boxes Past Shefat Isufi To Win WBO Title Josh Taylor Drops, Decisions Ivan Baranchyk For IBF Title Joe Joyce Knocks Out Alexander Ustinov in Third

Latest Active Forum Threads