Kovalev Stops Pascal in First Unified Title Defense
Glazkov and Chilemba Also Take Home Victories
In the much-anticipated main event of the evening, Sergey
"Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs)* and Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs)
pleased fans with an action-packed battle. Both fighters started by trading
some good shots, but Kovalev started to throw some nasty combinations in the
third round to take the wind out of the hostile crowd at the Centre Bell in
Montreal. Just before the end of the third round, Kovalev knocked Pascal
through the ropes but Pascal was saved by the bell. Sergey came out swinging in
the fourth to try to capitalize on the near KO, but Pascal managed to stay on
his feet and land a huge right to show Kovalev he was still in the fight. As
the bell rang to end the fourth round, both men were still trading big shots.
The fifth round began quietly, but Pascal started to throw
some intense combinations in the middle of the round. Kovalev continued to be
the aggressor, however, landing some big shots of his own. The crowd at Centre
Bell was deafening with cheers for Pascal and boos for Kovalev. Finally, in the
eighth round, Sergey came on with a brutal attack that resulted in his own slip.
While Sergey was getting up, Pascal looked noticeably rattled at the ropes. The
two traded a couple more shots before referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight and
declared Kovalev the winner by TKO in the eighth round.
After the fight, Kovalev insisted he will be ready for
anything next. He said, "Thank you so much. How it started I didn't like.
After fourth round I gained control. He was mine after that. He got me a couple
good punches. It is boxing. [On a potential fight with Stevenson] I am ready
for anything. [On the possibility of a rematch] I am ready for any fights. If
my promoter says I fight Jean Pascal again, I will fight him."
Pascal felt the stoppage was premature, but said this after
the fight, "Honestly, it was a good fight. It was an action fight for the
fans. I tip my hat to Kovalev. He is a champion. I don't know why the referee
stopped the fight. It was a great fight. I was in the fight from the first
round. We should do it again. I should have a rematch. I am a crowd-pleaser. At
Centre Bell I am always going to give the fans a great fight. I will be
In the fight for the #1 position in the IBF and USBA
Heavyweight Championship stablemates Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov
(20-0-1, 12 KOs) and Steve "USS" Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) came out
of the box trading big punches. Cunningham appeared to have a slight edge in
the first few rounds, but Glazkov, who is always a slow starter, began to show
signs of life in the fifth round. The unofficial scorecards from the television
and the media were all over the map on this fight, but the judges officially
scored the fight 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112 all in favor of Czar Glazkov for
a unanimous decision victory. The Ukrainian remains undefeated and will
anxiously await to face the winner of Klitschko-Jennings next month.
The PunchStat had Glazkov landing a greater percentage of
his shots but a smaller total number of shots (Glazkov 144/441 - 33%;
Cunningham 180/649 - 28%). Their jabs
landed were almost identical (Glazkov 60/215 - 28%; Cunningham 57/309 - 18%),
but Cunningham had the edge with the power punches landed. Their power punch
percentages were near even (Glazkov 84/226 - 37%; Cunningham 123-340 - 36%).
The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast began with Main
Events stablemates slugging it out for the vacant NABF Light Heavyweight Title,
Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KOs) of Malawi and Vasily
"The Professor" Lepikhin (17-1, 9 KOs) of Russia. Both fighters
looked good early on. In the second round, Chilemba got in some hard shots on
the Russian but Lepikhin did not seem fazed. However, Chilemba continued to
dominate Lepikhin for the remainder of the fight. Lepikhin managed to go the
distance but Chilemba secured a decisive unanimous decision with two judges
scoring the bout 99-91 and the third scoring it 100-90. This was the first
career loss for Lepikhin and the first fight of the evening to go the
The final PunchStat report has Chilemba landing more than
double the number of total punches than Lepikhin, despite their connection
percentages being similar (Chilemba 192/683 - 28%; Lepikhin 75/289 - 26%).
Also, Chilemba landed nearly half of his power punches (100 of 237 - 42%)
whereas Lepikhin landed 27% (36 of 131).
Chilemba had this to say after the fight, "He did
exactly what we expected. We were totally prepared for what he brought. I was
patient and I capitalized on it. I think he ran out of ideas and I wasn't going
to fall for any of his games. I am very pleased with my performance tonight and
I am grateful to now hold the NABF Light Heavyweight Championship
In the final bout before the live HBO telecast, David
Theroux (6-0, 4 KOs) of Sorel, QC, CAN stopped Lukasz Janik (12-10-1, 6 KOs) of
Katowice, Poland in the third round. Janik fell victim to the three knockdown
rule and the referee declared Theroux the winner by TKO at 2:31 in the third
Local favorite Dierry Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) of Montreal,
Quebec, Canada and Carlos Manuel Reyes (24-4-1, 16 KOs) of Mao, Dominican
Republic were scheduled for ten rounds of light heavyweight action. However,
Jean knocked down Reyes in the third. He was then knocked down again a few
seconds later and the referee stopped the fight.
Nadjib "Iron Jib" Mohammedi (38-3, 23 KOs) of
Aix-en-Provence, France, the #1 contender in the IBF light heavyweight
rankings, took on Lee Junior Campbell (8-2, 4 KOs) of Laurenburg, NC. Mohammedi
dominated Campbell for every round until the referee stopped the fight in the
sixth. As the IBF mandatory contender,
he is scheduled to face Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev in his next
According to PunchStat, Nadjib landed more total punches
than Campbell threw (Mohammedi 243/672 - 36%; Campbell 40/196 - 20%). The same
was also true for jabs (Mohammedi 91/321 - 28%; Campbell 11/74 - 15%) and power
punches (Mohammedi 152/351 - 43%; Campbell 29/122 - 24%).
After the fight, Mohammedi said, "I am very happy
because this was a great place for a fight. This was my first fight with my new
trainer, Abel Sanchez. Tonight I take my time. Campbell was tired and I worked
to wear him down. This was a good win tonight. I was smart tonight. Everybody
got to see me. Now Canada knows Nadjib Mohammedi."
Light welterweight Yves Ulysse Junior (6-0, 4 KOs) of
Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Miguel Antoine (17-2-1, 9 KOs) of Wildey, Barbados
were scheduled for eight rounds but Junior knocked down Antoine three times in
the fourth round. He continued his attack in the sixth round and knocked down
Antoine at 2:43 and the referee stopped the fight.
In the first bout of the evening welterweights Dmitry
"The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko (19-0, 8 KOs) of Gelendzhik, Russia and
Felipe De La Paz (14-4-2, 5 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico faced-off. Mikhaylenko
knocked down De La Paz just before the bell ended the first round. "The
Mechanic" continued his fierce attack on De La Paz until De La Paz quit on
the stool before the start of the sixth round.
*Please note all records have been updated to reflect last