In devastating fashion Sergey Kovalev took the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship belt from Nathan Cleverly with a powerful 4th round TKO. Right here, you can find more on Kovalev’s huge KO win over Cleverly, including a great photo gallery from fight night, some quotes and reaction, and more.
The action-packed fight was shown on HBO as part of the telecast for the Daniel Geale vs. Darren Barker clash, although it took place earlier in the evening, live in the UK.
Kovalev said “This is my dream! I will add this belt to my collection,” he joked, with a big smile on his face, “There are many people in Russia and around the world who supported me. This is for them.”
Jubilant Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, Kovalev’s promoter said, “Sergey did everything we expected him to do tonight and more.” She added, ” There is a reason we call him ‘Krusher,’ and he showed why tonight. He is the Russian Wrecking Ball and I will call on HBO Monday to start planning his next fight!”
You can’t doubt that Kovalev has some of the best and most explosive power in the sport. He took a big risk by fighting Cleverly on his home turf, and he absolutely obliterated him. It’s a huge performance, and it ensures we’ll be seeing quite a bit more of Krusher in the future.
Stay tuned for more aftermath, rankings updates and post-fight coverage of the surprising Cleverly vs. Kovalev results.