VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Sergey Kovalev Powers to Victory in New York

Sergey Kovalev Powers to Victory in New York

The Krusher impresses in his comeback
Publish Date: 11/26/2017
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Kovalev hovers over a dropped Shabranskyy

Saturday night at Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, we saw the return of Sergey Kovalev. The 34-year-old Russian was coming off back-to-back defeats at the hands of his nemesis Andre ‘SOG’ Ward. He lost his titles to the American but at MSG was getting a chance to regain the WBO portion.

Gone were the belts, his trainer John David Jackson and his undefeated record. Gone was Andre Ward–he’s now retired. How would the former ruler of the light-heavyweight division bounce back?

Rumours of ill-discipline, faded desire and a camp in turmoil preceded the contest. He was said to be training himself. A month before the fight, the Russian boxer unveiled his new team, “I’m presenting you my coaches, Aleksandr Sedov for physical training, and boxing coach Abror Tursunpulatov. I feel very comfortable to be working together and preparing for Kovalev vs Shabranskyy at MSG in New York City. Hope our connection will bring us new success for my boxing career.”

Kovalev had not taken the Ward defeats well. In the first bout, he dropped the American, in round two, but faded later in the fight. Ward won a razor-thin unanimous decision by three scores of 114-113.

After the first fight, which ended in a close, controversial decision to Ward, he said: “I overrated the guy before the fight. When I get in the ring, I was surprised. Why I did a lot of workouts for the fight. I could have had more fun in my training camp. Belts are like a magnet, but they’re not his belts. He’s not a real champion in my eyes,”.

The rematch, also, ended in controversy. Ward getting a surprising stoppage victory, in the eighth round, though a lot of the blows seemed low. Ward was on top and in control when the referee intervened. “It was a low blow, again another one. We are boxers. I could still continue. Why stop the fight?” protested ‘Krusher’ immediately afterward.

Five months later and Kovalev was back, live on HBO and at the famous Madison Square Garden.

Ukrainian Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, 30, was the man facing the returning Kovalev. He entered the ring with a reputation as a puncher having dispatched of 16 of his 19 foes. He holds a win over contender Yunieski Gonzalez but in his other significant fight, against Sullivan Barrera, he was on the canvas several times and KO’d in the seventh round. Going in it was possible that he was getting Kovalev at the right time and with the vacant WBO light-heavyweight title on the line.

Both men started the fight positively. Kovalev working well with his left jab, he seemed lighter on his feet. It was Shabranskyy that landed a solid left jab that sent the former champion backward. Kovalev soon replied by dropping the Ukrainian with a hard right hand. Vyacheslav (19-2, 16 KOs) rose quickly, but a hard combination of lefts and rights had him down again, by the end of the round. Not enough time to end it. Kovalev had shown that his power hadn’t deserted him.

The second round and it was a matter of time. Kovalev was throwing shots in a much more fluid way than I’ve seen before. A quicker step. It wasn’t til the last minute of the round that his right hand dropped his man, for the third time. Shabranskyy, once again, beat the count but Kovalev went to work, firing in bombs. Referee Harvey Dock halting the action, as Kovalev kept connecting and his beaten foe kept wobbling like a drunken sailor.

After the fight, Kovalev said, “I did it and worked very hard to get to champion status. My brain, mentally, my conditioning, my body–I’m back. It’s my goal to be the best in this division. I am here, I love boxing, I love to make great fights. This makes boxing interesting. We can make good fights for boxing fans, and make boxing history. Let’s find out who is the best. ‘Chickenson’ is on my list. This is very good for boxing. Let’s do it.”

There are still going to be question marks about Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) and time will answer them. In this fight, he looked impressive and did what the old Kovalev would’ve done. He did look sharp and focused and it’s good to have him in the mix. The 175lb division is alight with names like Badou Jack, Sullivan Barrera, Adonis Stevenson, Eleider Alvarez, Artur Beterbiev, Marcus Browne and Dmitry Bivol. Let’s hope the fights get made.

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
Come Fly with me: How the 1988-89 Chicago Bulls pushed forward to an NBA dynasty.
Find the best sportsbook to bet on the NBA Playoffs! Prologue: By ...
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
SI Sportsbook Promo
Elmer Ray: The Humble Man of Hastings
"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for ...
Top 100 remaining 2021 NFL free agents after Day 1
This is the most up-to-date list of available NFL free agents following ...
Peter Maher: An Irish Tribute
INTRO: I was seriously ill in 2018 with 7 nights in the ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Top 100 NFL free agents entering the 2021 offseason
Below is a list of the top 100 free agents available this ...
Lady Tyger’s Tale: How Marian Trimiar Mauled the Boxing Establishment of the 1970s and 80s
To Feed the Ambition in Your Heart is Like Carrying a Tiger ...
The Army Boxer Who Knocked-Down Muhammad Ali (1960)
I had wanted to write a boxing story about Junebug Hudson for ...
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Top Brands
Top Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
99/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
96/100
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
96/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
95/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.9/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Latest News
NCAA Basketball Indiana vs Maryland: Odds, Tips and Predictions 01/31/23
📅 Date: Tuesday, January 31 🕚 Game Time: ...
Top 13 Hitters of the 1980s
Evans was more known for his rocket throwing ...
Top 10 Teams that Didn’t Win the Super Bowl
Today I want to talk about the 10 ...
Betting Tips
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: AFC 🏈Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
AFC Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
Video: NFC🏈 Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
NFC Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
Video: Bengals🏈 Weekly Show W/Joe Kelly: Bengals vs Chiefs Preview
Bengals Weekly Show W/Joe Kelly: Bengals vs Chiefs Preview
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Top Online Casinos
Top Casinos Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
99/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
96/100
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
96/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
95/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.9/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
97/100
DraftKings
DraftKings
DraftKings Review
96/100
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
94/100
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
94/100
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
93/100
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Bonus
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
No Sweat First Bet up to $3,000
T&Cs apply
9.4/10
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Bonus
100% up to $500
T&Cs apply
9.2/10
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsMark Lewis
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into “The Grueling Truth” sports shows, “Where the legends speak”

Contact us: [email protected]

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

sdfgfdgcsdfgfdgcww
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Social casino loved by Drake!
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site