The Russian boxer beat the Bulgarian Tervel Pulev, who suffered his first defeat in the professional ring. Prior to this fight, Kovalev last entered the ring in November 2019.
Sergey Kovalev (Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS)
Russian boxer Sergei Kovalev, who has held three WBA Super, IBF and WBO championship belts in the past, defeated Bulgarian Tervel Pulev. The duel, designed for 10 rounds, took place at the American Inglewood (California).
The 39-year-old Russian won a unanimous decision in his debut fight in the top heavyweight division. For the Bulgarian boxer, 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.
The next opponent of the Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev became known.
Until 2016, Kovalev had a series of 31 fights without defeat. He was the first Russian boxer after Kostya Tszyu to hold three championship belts at once (WBA Super, IBF and WBO). Likewise, Kovalev is the only representative from Russia, whom the prestigious magazine The Ring recognized as the best boxer of the year.
At the end of 2016 and in the summer of 2017, Kovalev suffered two losses to the American Andre Ward, after which he had six more fights, in which he lost twice. After the victory over Pulev, Kovalev had 35 wins (29 by knockout), four losses and one draw.
In October 2020, a court in California, where the athlete lives, sentenced him to a three-year suspended sentence for hitting the American model Jamie Frontz.
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