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Drozd called Kovalev a shadow favorite for the belt after making the new weight.

Grigory Drozd called Sergey Kovalev a shadow favorite for the belt after the first victory in two years.

The Russian boxer defeated Bulgarian Tervel Pulev by unanimous decision, who suffered his first defeat in the professional ring. Prior to this fight, Kovalev last entered the ring in November 2019.

Sergey Kovalev (Photo: Alexander Demyanchuk/TASS)

Boxer Sergey Kovalev has the skills necessary to compete for the heavyweight championship belt. This was announced to RBC Sport by former WBC world boxing champion (2014-2016) and sports official Grigory Drozd.

“It’s a great victory, it was a long break, but he had a good fight. Heavyweight, another category. Sergei had a great start for himself. He has a good, sharp, strong punch. His striking technique helps him at any weight. I think Sergey can fight for the belt at the first heavyweight, he can fight champion fights, you can even call him a shadow favourite. The only issue is health and fitness. And in terms of experience and mentality, he is definitely ready to fight for the belts,” said Drozd.

Russian Sergey Kovalev defeated undefeated Bulgarian boxer Tervel Pulev.

The fight took place in the American city of Inglewood (California). The 10-round fight ended with the victory of the Russian by unanimous decision of the judges: 98-92, 98-92, 97-93.

The 39-year-old boxer won in his debut fight in the first heavyweight division. After the victory over Pulev, Kovalev had 35 wins (29 by knockout), four losses and one draw.

For the Bulgarian, this defeat was the first in his professional career. Before meeting Kovalev, the 39-year-old Pulev had won 16 wins, 13 of which were by way of knockout.

For Kovalev, this fight was the debut in the first heavyweight division. Before that, he competed in the light heavyweight division. The Russian had a previous fight in November 2019 against Saúl Álvarez. The Mexican knocked out Kovalev in the 11th round.

She obtained her last victory over Britain’s Anthony Yarde on August 24, 2019. In this fight, which will end with a technical knockout in the 11th round, the Russian made the first defense of the WBO light heavyweight title. Previously he also held the WBA Super and IBF belts.


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