Kovalev crushes Caparello in 2; Showdown with Hopkins looms
Photos by Darryl Cobb
Atlantic City, NJ (August 2, 2014) – In the featured attraction at Revel Resorts, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) made the 3rd defense of his WBO light heavyweight title against Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs). Going in the stakes were high. Kovalev had recently finalized a deal for a unification fight with Bernard Hopkins (IBF and super WBA champion) in the fall, provided heavy underdog Caparello didn’t get any funny ideas.
But things damn near got pretty funny. Caparello started the bout boxing on even terms with Kovalev and even secured a knockdown in the 1st round. Caparello stepped on Kovalev’s foot as he punched him, typical in southpaw vs orthodox matchups, but the shot landed clean so referee Sparkle Lee counted it. Regardless Kovalev rebounded quickly and, after knocking Caparello down 3 times, was awarded the victory. The fight was stopped after 1 minute and 47 seconds into the 2nd round.
Later Bernard Hopkins joined Max Kellerman’s post-fight interview with Kovalev to discuss their upcoming showdown. Kellerman asked Hopkins what makes him think he could beat a guy like Kovalev at nearly 50 years of age. Hopkins responded, “I’m an Alien.” Then Kellerman suggested that Hopkins really would have to be an Alien to beat Kovalev, and Bernard took exception. B-Hop, a future first ballot Hall-of-Famer that has defied critics for well over a decade, accused Kellerman of reckless talking and walked off after claiming victory over Kellerman in the interview. Kellerman had no problems conceding.
In any event, Hopkins-Kovalev, tentative for November 8, will likely transpire at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. This Golden Boy / Main Events co-promotion will be televised by HBO, marking the first time a Golden Boy fighter has fought on the premium cable giant since, ironically, B-Hop outpointed Tavoris Cloud on March 9, 2013.
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