Kovalev vs. White
A trio of exciting fights lit up the latest edition of Fight Night on NBC Sports Network Friday night. The nationally televised tripleheader was staged at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.
In the main event, scheduled for ten rounds, heavyweight contender Bryant “By-By” Jennings, 17-0, 9 KOs, remained undefeated with a bruising sixth round TKO of Russian Andrey Fedosov, 24-3, 19 KOs. Both heavyweights took turns landing their shots, but Jennings was the quicker and stronger of the two. Over time, Jennings, of Philadelphia, wore his opponent down and eventually closed his left eye. Fedosov tested Jennings all night, but Bryant passed the stiff test with flying colors.
After six full rounds, referee Steve Smoger halted the fight based on the ringside doctor’s recommendation, saying that Fedosov’s swollen eye was significantly impairing his vision. Fedosov remained on his stool and did not come out for round seven. The official time of the stoppage was 3:00 of round six. Continue reading
Russian knockout artist Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KO’s) obliterated Cornelius White (21-2, 16 KO’s) by a quick 3rd round TKO on Saturday night at the Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Kovalev really went after White, battering him in the first two rounds with big power shots, and then knocking him to the canvas three times in the 3rd round.
Kovalev knocked White down with a left hand for the first knockdown of the 3rd. White got back up and was hit with some hard combinations from Kovalev and then knocked down a second time in the round.
White was really hurt after getting from this knockdown, but the referee allowed the action to continue. Kovalev then steamed forward and landed a brief flurry that ended with a nice left hook that knocked White down for the third and final time in the round. The referee then halted the fight.
Kovalev mentioned after the fight that he’d like to face IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins next if possible. He’s hoping Hopkins will want to fight him. Continue reading
Due to last night’s surprise announcement that leading IBF light heavyweight contender Karo Murat was forced to pull out of his mandatory July bout with IBF Champion Bernard Hopkins due to visa problems, the winner of tonight’s clash between Sergey Kovalev and Cornelius White on NBC Sports Network Fight Night (8 p.m. Eastern) will immediately become the mandatory challenger for Hopkins’ title. Continue reading
BETHLEHEM, PA – Unbeaten Russian KO king Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 20-0-1, 18 KOs, not only has his sights set on Cornelius “Da Beast” White, 21-1, 16 KOs, in their upcoming 12-round title elimination bout on June 14th, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The fast-rising light heavyweight contender is also aiming to keep his impressive knockout streak alive when he meets White in the nationally televised match. Continue reading
BETHLEHEM, PA – When Russian knockout sensation Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 20-0-1, 18 KOs, squares off against Houston’s Cornelius White, 21-1, 16 KOs, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, the light heavyweight contender will have a not-so-secret weapon in his corner. Over the last year, Kovalev has been working with former world champion John David Jackson, who in recent years has become a standout as a boxing trainer. Continue reading
Bethlehem, PA–A virtual unknown less than 12 months ago, hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev is one fight away from challenging for the world light-heavyweight title.
Kovalev, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, takes on Cornelius White, of Houston, TX, in a scheduled 12-round elimination fight on Friday evening, June 14, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
The winner becomes the No. 1 challenger for the IBF crown, currently held by Bernard Hopkins, of Philadelphia, PA.
The Kovalev-White contest is part of a triple header to be televised live as part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. Other televised matches, set for 10 rounds, feature heavyweight Bryant Jennings, of Philadelphia, vs. Andrey Fedosov, of Shuya, Russia, and welterweight Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, vs. Ray Narh, of Brooklyn, NY. Continue reading