On the night of May 14-15 in the USA, 39-year-old Russian ex-world light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 KOs) will return to the ring after 2.5 years of inactivity and make his debut in the heavyweight category (up to 90, 7 kg) in a duel against an unbeaten peer from Bulgaria Tervel Pulev (16-0, 13 KOs).
On the eve of the fight, Kovalev shared his experiences.
“Of course, rustiness worries me,” Sergei did not hide. – When you do not box for a long time, you lose your fighting skills. When I started to prepare for the fight (with Pulev), the first two weeks I could not touch my sparring partners. And I was very heavy, about 95 kg. But my boxing skills are back and everything is fine now.”
In addition, Kovalev admitted that now training camps are more difficult for him than before. And age has nothing to do with it.
“Now the most difficult part of the preparation is that I have to leave my family. At the age of 29 I had no family, but now, thank God, I have two children and a wife. So this is the hardest part of my career right now.”
Sergey Kovalev – Tervel Pulev: forecast for the fight on May 15