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Naazim: Don't Defang Kovalev After Hopkins Beats Him!

By Edward Chaykovsky

Trainer Naazim Richardson has a lot of respect for WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23KOs). The Russian puncher has been pushed as a future star, a destroyer with a murderous punch.

On Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Naazim's fighter Bernard Hopkins will stake his WBA/IBF light heavyweight belts in a major unification with Kovalev.

Naazim wants no excuses, or the public calling Kovalev 'overhyped' when the 49-year-old Hopkins pulls yet another rabbit out of his hat.

"Kovalev is a monster. He's a beast. He punches harder than Hercules. But I don't want people to defang him on Sunday. If Kovalev is all of these things that people say he is and Bernard beats him, you better start that car and drive him straight to Canastota and induct him into the Hall of Fame right now," Naazim said.

"Sergey Kovalev is an exceptional puncher. We haven't seen him hurt guys of extreme quality yet, but we can't take for granted what we've seen against the opposition he's faced. He's annihilated these dudes, that's how he wins fights."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 11-07-2014

[QUOTE=Daylyt;15077604]I wont be surprised if he bodyslams himself or launches himself out the ring to avoid being embarrassed by Sugar Kovalev.[/QUOTE] LMAO! A true warrior ( sarcasm )

Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 11-06-2014

[QUOTE=marvel;15079680]Kovalev is a force, but even at 50 Bernard is a huge step up from those hes been fighting. The experience level is so far beyond in Bernard. Its the intangibles that may make the difference. The real question here…

Comment by marvel on 11-06-2014

[QUOTE=Mr.Fantastic;15079639]Kovalev as well as others in the division have been overhyped.[/QUOTE] Kovalev is a force, but even at 50 Bernard is a huge step up from those hes been fighting. The experience level is so far beyond in Bernard. Its…

Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 11-06-2014

[QUOTE=MrClutch85;15078115]If B-Hop schools Kovalev bad like Pavlik some will say he was overhyped[/QUOTE] Kovalev as well as others in the division have been overhyped.

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 11-06-2014

I just know Hopkins is going to pull some bull**** when he feels Kovalevs power.

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