Former unified world champion veteran from Russia Sergey Kovalev (34-4, 29 KOs) will resume his career after a long downtime and make his debut in the cruiserweight limit – May 14 at the arena The Kia Forum in Inglewood (California, USA) he will fight with the Olympic medalist from Bulgaria Tervel Pulev (16-0, 13 KOs).
Earlier, Kovalev even managed to announce a fight in a contractual weight with Fanlong Meng from China, but later the opponent changed.
Veteran tells: “Manager Egis Klimas called me and said: “You have a new opponent. This is Pulev.” And I answer him: “Pulev? He’s a heavyweight!” And Klimas is like this to me: “No, this is not that Pulev. He has a cruiser brother.” I answer: “Well, OK. Then let’s go!” What’s the difference to me? Is that the fact that at first he was preparing for a left-hander. That’s all”.
The last time Kovalev boxed was in November 2019 – he lost the WBO light heavyweight belt by knockout to the Mexican Canelo Alvarez.
A veteran about how such a solid downtime will affect him: “There are two sides of the coin. On the one hand, simple always affects. On the other hand, it was time to rest and lick the wounds. It was like a rebirth. The first two weeks of sparring were terrible. Couldn’t hit opponents (laughs). Felt heavy and slow. But then I lost weight, the technique began to return. By battle, even traces of rust will no longer be noticeable.
Kovalev claims that he practically does not study his rivals: “It’s true. I have enough to watch 1-2 rounds. Just to understand at what distance he works, what style he prefers. After that, you can start preparing. All this – tactics, technique – on my coach Buddy McGirt. We have set ourselves a goal. We want to take the cruiserweight title. I want to be world champion for the fourth time.”
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