Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal (2nd meeting)

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Kovalev follows through on a right to the head of Pascal

Sergey Kovalev 175 lbs beat Jean Pascal 174 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 7 of 12

Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal (2nd meeting)

  • Kovalev retains the WBA, WBO and IBF World Light Heavyweight championships, and the BoxRec worldwide number one light heavyweight ranking.
  • In a one-sided contest featuring the BoxRec number one world rated light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, Jean Pascal and new trainer Freddie Roach had a simple problem: Pascal could not mount an offense in the rematch, spelling doom. When the rematch mandated Pascal take the fight to Kovalev, Pascal went into a defensive shell and let Kovalev take the fight to him. Kovalev seized the moment, putting pressure on Pascal from round two on, picking his power shots on Pascal with Pascal's head as the bullseye target. Kovalev landed 108 punches in the head and chin area to only 20 to Pascal. By round six, Pascal was trying to cover on the ropes, where Kovalev took advantage and tortured him with head punch combinations. It appeared obvious Freddie Roach would not allow the horrific beating Kovalev was giving to Pascal last much longer. At the end of round seven, trainer Roach waved a halt to the lopsided contest. Pascal did not look visibly damaged, but resigned in defeat as he could not win a round. It should be noted Pascal did land one power shot to the face of Kovalev in the early rounds. Kovalev did not move when he took the punch, and Pascal strangely staggered across the ring from his own blow not moving Kovalev. Pascal got knocked down in the third round, the first knockdown of his career. The knockdown proved insignificant. Overall, it was the punch count which told the story: 168 to 30 for Kovalev. Not a close bout.
  • After the bout, WBC world champion Adonis Stevenson entered the ring posturing and went after Sergey Kovalev. No unification bout was anticipated though.
  • HBO commentator Bernard Hopkins stated Andre Ward had the style to beat Kovalev, as he had much experience in the amateurs beating different styles, and hoped they would fight in 2016 or 2017.
  • HBO commentator Max Kellerman called Andre Ward "The special fighter who can beat that monster." (Kovalev)
  • Jean Pascal thanked the fans who came for him with love, called Kovalev a great champion, and said he would be back.
  • Clean bout refereed by Michael Griffin, no fouls, Pascal took to holding during the last three rounds more so as he faded.
  • Total punches thrown and landed: Kovalev 168 of 412 (40%), Pascal 30 of 208 (14%). Given Pascal's low offensive output, the rematch had no chance of lasting as long as the first bout. It didn't.