“Preparation is going very good. Training is two to three times a day. I can’t predict what is going to happen. I think Steve Cunningham is going to be 100% ready. I am preparing very seriously for every single fight. Every single fight gives me more experience. And every single fight gives me something new to work on. This is boxing and I don’t like to predict things. Right now it is 100% concentration on Steve Cunningham. I don’t know what is going to happen after this fight. I don’t care who I face next.”
“When I look at an opponent I want to know their style and their height. I watch their fights but not the whole video. I just want see how is their fighting style. My biggest strength is my belief in my ability to win. I believe I am good enough to beat anyone. When I walk in the ring I am confident enough to know that I am going to get in there and do what I was meant to do. I am going to walk out victorious.
[About Lepikhin] “I am very determined and motivatd to give his perfect record a loss. I always go for a win. I am working, training and putting my heart and soul into going for a win.”
“I am very happy. I am very excited to be on this show. I want to thank HBO and Main Events to give this opportunity. I am very happy. This will be my third time fighting on television in the United States and my first time fighting on HBO. I am very happy to be on HBO and to fight such an experienced fighter like Isaac Chilemba. I wanted all my life to be in this kind of environment, these kind of shows. I am prepared 100% for this fight. It will be a very good and exciting bout.
[Regarding Chilemba] “I can’t predict very much about this upcoming fight. It will be a meeting of two boxers with two different styles. I never predict what is going to happen in a fight.”
“This fight for me is a very good opportunity. It is a very good card. I think he [Lee Campbell] is a good and strong guy. He doesn’t have too many fights, but he is dangerous. I am not stupid, you know? In my training camp I work hard every day with my new trainer, Abel Sanchez. There will be many big changes.”
“I saw my opponent on YouTube for a short time and I understand exactly what to do. I didn’t need to see much more.
[Why he is perceived as such a “badass”] “Probably because we are raised that way. We come here hungry, we want to fight. Its inside of us. We don’t care about money, we don’t care about who we fight – just give us the fight. We want to show the best.”
About Kovalev vs. Pascal
Kovalev vs. Pascal is a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles. The fight will be televised as part of a live triple header on HBO World Championship Boxing® on March 14, 2015 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Tickets are on sale now at the Bell Centre ticket office, at www.evenko.ca, by telephone at 1-855-310-2525 or through Club de Boxe Champion (514-376-0980). This event is a co-promotion of Main Events and InterBox, presented by Vidéotron in association with Mise-O-Jeu.