The former absolute world boxing champion noted that Sergey Kovalev can perform at a high level for many more years if he has the right motivation.
Sergei Kovalev (Photo: Global Look Press)
Sergey Kovalev, 39, can win the championship belt at the first heavyweight after a three-year hiatus without a fight. This was announced to RBC Sport by the former absolute world boxing champion Konstantin Tszyu.
“First of all, I want to congratulate Sergey on his return to the ring, I am very happy for him. He is quite capable of great achievement at 39, his own motivation will play a key role: if he is, then he will be able to perform for many years to come. Guillermo Jones at 41 years old was the champion in this weight, Sergey is also capable. He is quite capable of competing and fighting for the championship belt at a new weight for him. With his first victory, he had already laid the foundation for that. Once again, I congratulate you on this,” Tszyu said.
Drozd called Kovalev a shadow favorite for the belt after making the new weight.
Russian Sergey Kovalev defeated Bulgarian boxer Tervel Pulev. The fight took place in the American city of Inglewood (California). The ten 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 defeating Pulev, Kovalev has 35 wins (29 by KO), 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.
Guillermo Jones is a Panamanian boxer who was the WBA Cruiserweight World Champion (2008-2013).
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