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Kovalev punishes Pascal with TKO win

Photo: HBO

Photo: HBO

Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) made it look even easier this time around, as he thoroughly dominated former light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 27 KOs) in their rematch to retain his 175-pound title on Saturday night.

Unlike the first fight, where Pascal at least managed to make a few rounds interesting by landing hard hooks, Kovalev wore him down early and punished him round by round.  By the fifth round, it was clear that the fight was out of reach for Pascal, who appeared exhausted and without his legs under him.

After a brutal sixth round, in which Kovalev drilled Pascal from pillar to post, Freddie Roach, who was in Pascal’s corner, threatened to stop the fight but Pascal convinced him otherwise.  In the seventh, it was more of the same and after the round ended, Roach told the referee to call it off.

After the fight, Kovalev said he wanted to punish him further but was interrupted by Adonis Stevenson (after calling him Adonis Chickenson and making chicken noises), who came into the ring and called him out.

In the opening bout of the telecast, Dmitry Mikhaylenko (21-0, 9 KOs) earned a 10-round unanimous decision win over Karim Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs).  Mikhaylenko controlled the majority of the fight, save for the first round which was competitive due to Mayfield’s early aggression.

Mayfield, who took the fight on short notice, looked gassed by the fourth round and never made much of an impact for the remainder of the fight, as Mikhaylenko worked him to the body and maintained the pressure.  Final scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.

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