There was no drama on Saturday night at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey when Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) chopped down Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-1-1, 6 KOs). Caparello was brave to even take the fight but offered very little in the way of return fire and skill against the overconfident Kovalev.
The Russian started the fight by rushing head on against his unpretentious opponent. The only notable thing about Caparello is that he is a southpaw and this required some adjustments to the fine-tuned automatic skills of his opponents. Kovalev did not seem to care about his opponent’s stance other than throwing straight right hands a little more frequently.
Caparello almost made a name for himself when he was credited with a knock down against Kovalev in the first round. The referee clearly made a mistake, Caparello did land a clean left hand on his foe but his lead foot was firmly set on Kovalev’s lead foot toes and tripped Kovalev off balance. The Russian went down but wasn’t hurt at all; he wasn’t even annoyed and did not make a fuss or challenge the referee’s call. He only “revved up” and the thuds of his shots became more audible. The knock down only expedited matters and brought controlled anger to Sergey’s actions.
“The Krusher” started paying attention and took advantage of his opponent’s stance in the second round targeting the center of the southpaw guard with single right hands. One straight right to the solar plexus put Caparello down and signaled the end. The Australian did well to get up from the body shot but he clearly needed time to recover. Kovalev simply went through the motions of putting his opponent out of his misery and the fight was waved off after the third KD at 1:47 of the second round.
It has been announced that Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev will fight on November 8 on HBO. The match-up might appears to be cliché – a slugger vs. a boxer but Kovalev knows boxing too well to be labeled as just a slugger. Ring generalship and experience/wisdom belong to the veteran Hopkins but there is no gimmick against speed and power.
Other boxing action on the card”
Isaac Chilemba TKO 7 Cory Cummings
Adam Kownacki TKO 5 Charles Ellis
DeCarlo Perez MD 6 Marcus Willis
Joey Dawejko TKO 1 David Williams
Hakim Bryant TKO 4 Anthony Watson