Roy Jones: Sergey Kovalev Should’ve Finished Hopkins

by David P. Greisman

Roy Jones is in his third camp with Jean Pascal, who challenges three-belt light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev this Saturday night in Montreal. While Jones has said he’s been working on Pascal’s stamina, there are other ways the former champion has improved.

“Grown a whole lot,” Jones said. “A lot of ways: maturity, patience. Patience is the biggest factor I’m bringing. That’s the biggest improvement he’s made.”

Kovalev, meanwhile, is coming off the biggest win of his career, a dominant decision over Bernard Hopkins.

Jones feels that Kovalev should’ve been able to do even more.

“He didn’t finish Hopkins,” Jones said. “Maybe he not the Krusher that he supposed to be. He should’ve finished Hopkins — maybe.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Punch-Out!! on 03-14-2015

[QUOTE=Tay Roc;15464066]I would like to see a rematch. Hopkins getting destroyed for 12 rounds was a highlight for me.[/QUOTE] Why's that?

Comment by MDPopescu on 03-14-2015

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;15463943]I mean, does anyone really think Kovalev tried other than the 12th? Anyone who has watched him before should have noticed he was content to put in rounds until Hopkins stuck his tongue out in the final round, then Sergey…

Comment by boliodogs on 03-14-2015

I don't think Kovalev tried that hard to KO Hopkins. I think he had great respect for the legendary Hopkins was content to get the win but didn't want to humiliate Hopkins with a KO loss. I am going with…

Comment by 1lparm on 03-13-2015

If we are all honest with ourselves we know Hopkins could be 90 years old and still be too crafty, skilled and wily to avoid getting knocked out. RJJS was world class but once he slowed his weak chin was…

Comment by Foreign Soil on 03-13-2015

[QUOTE=animalfan10;15464002]Kovalevs fans are so dumb and annoying....I'm almost hoping Pascal knocks his ass out just to shut up these morons....Kovalev's best win is a 50 year old Hopkins....Before that he fought Cedric Agnew and Blake Capparello...He's good for sure, but…

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