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EFF VEGAS! Kovalev Setting Up Work Shop In NYC


Saturday night saw the first time that light heavyweight titan Sergey Kovalev gloved up in New York, and by the sound and feel of it, he’s looking to come back to the capital city of the world again and again.

At the Madison Square Garden Theater, Kovalev, age 34, looked comfortable and was brutally efficient in taking out chinny Vyachesalv Shabranskky, a 30 year old Ukrainian. Three knockdowns spelled all she wrote for the loser, who simply wasn’t responding well to even blows that didn’t land flush.

The fight before, Kovalev felt dissed and dismissed in Las Vegas, where he met Andre Ward. The ref in that tango, Tony Weeks, wasn’t up to par, he said, and didn’t see and properly respond to several blows Team Kovalev thought were egregiously low. Kovalev’s  promoter, Kathy Duva, mostly wanted to focus on the bright future at the post-fight presser  for the seemingly revitalized Russian, but she did make sure to note that officials in NY Saturday were taking points away for fighters who aimed launches at groins.

So, is this a new trend? Will Kovalev be making NY his home work base?

“Yes, this is much better here,” he said. No more Vegas.

“They penalize people for low blows here,” Duva said.

“More fair…and more Russians, more Russians from USSR, I like to fight everywhere, but right now I like to fight in Madison Square Garden. I like it, yes. Good support with media…nice area…busy city, I love the busy. And I’m very happy to fight March 3, I like four fights a year, to fight four fights a year.”

Interesting development, and we here at NYF don’t mind it at all. The more the merrier, as for fights being staged here. It makes sense; the check signers, at HBO and Showtime, are here. Why not stage the fights here, where our judges are better and those executives can be closer to the action and the goings on?



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