Sergey Kovalev shuts out Bernard Hopkins
Milan Ordońez on Nov 09, 2014 10:57 PM
MANILA – Sergey Kovalev has arrived in the big show. “Krusher”, who is 18 years “The Alien’s” junior, put on a dominant performance in what seemed to be a passing of the torch at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday night (Sunday afternoon, Manila Time). Leading up to the fight, pundits deemed it as a battle of Hopkins’ prowess at the ripe age of 49 going up against Kovalev’s menacing punching power. Fortunately for the latter, it was showcased right off the bat, as he was able to drop “The Alien” with a right hand in the first round. While the action was less spectacular than what everyone had hoped, the entire fight was a Sergey Kovalev show. Through patience, well-timed flurries, and effective ring cutting, “Krusher” was able to put on a dominant showing, en route to a unanimous decision victory. Judges gave Kovalev a 120-107, 120-106, and 120-107 tally, earning him the IBF, WBA, and WBO light heavyweight titles. As soon as the dust settled, both men were gracious enough to each other. But Kovalev had a little piece of advice for the multi-titled boxing veteran. “We respected him before the fight, but he needs to stop his career, I think,” Kovalev told HBO’s Max Kellerman during the post-fight interview. “He's given a lot to the boxing world, and he needs to give an opportunity to the younger guys to be champions. I'm next." For his part, however, “B-Hop” admitted that was simply outclassed by the newly crowned 175-pound champion. "He did it on his terms,” Hopkins said. “When I tried to pull him in and fight my fight, he took a step back."