Sergey Kovalev Vs Jean Pascal – Preview and Prediction

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Sergey Kovalev Vs Jean Pascal 

Preview and Prediction

Sergey Kovalev defends his IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight titles against the battle tested Jean Pascal, a win this weekend will surely turn up the heat for a unification bout with Haitian born Canadian and WBC champion Adonis Stevenson.

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THE STORY ON – SERGEY KOVALEV 

Kovalev put on a boxing clinic against the legendary Bernard Hopkins in his last outing, due to his devastating knockout percentage and early demolition jobs, a 12 round performance like that is something we had been unable to witness from the Russian before.

With 3 of the divisions world titles, quite rightly Sergey Kovalev is regarded the best in the division and the man everyone needs to beat. A unification bout with Adonis Stevenson will be on everyone’s lips if he does a job on Pascal this weekend.

With devastating power in both hands, underrated boxing smarts Kovalev is one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport today, he is able to control range patiently and intelligently, but just needs one opportunity to break you.

However it is not dubious to suggest Jean Pascal is Kovalev’s toughest opponent to date and certainly the biggest puncher he has ever faced. If the champion does a demolition job on Pascal this weekend, it will send out a real statement to the boxing world.

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THE STORY ON – JEAN PASCAL

Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal is an athletic, explosive fighter who has the power and experience to pull off the upset this weekend. Pascal is highly motivated for this one, you only had to look at him on the scales to see that.

The question mark for Pascal will be if he is defensively astute enough to handle a beast like Kovalev this weekend, on past performances he may struggle in this area. However teaming up with Roy Jones Jr may have added some tools to his armoury and we could see a new trick or two from Pascal this weekend.

Pascal likes to fight in spurts and his stamina down the stretch has been questioned in the past, if Kovalev brings heat and lots of it it will be interesting to see how and if Pascal copes if the fight goes late.

You would be jumping the gun a bit to completely dismiss Pascal this weekend, however he has never faced anyone like the krusher before.

THE STATISTICS

 

 

PREDICTION – KOVALEV TKO5

While I can’t completely write Jean Pascal off, my feeling is he is in a world of trouble this weekend and simply does not have the defensive smarts for a guy like Kovalev. While explosive, Pascal is also guilty of being wild at times and he tends lunge in without any defensive plan coming off his offensive work.

Kovalev will find Pascal standing in no man’s land at times in this fight, and he won’t be nice enough to ask what are you doing here, he will take him out.

This is perhaps one of my more controversial picks but I think Kovalev can do the business on Pascal early and I think there is some value at the books for him to do just that.

Sky Bet have 11/10 for the fight to go under 8 rounds, while Ladbrokes have a tasty 9/2 for it to end inside 3 rounds, that is a big ask but I think he can happen. I am going to straddle the two prices, if the fight goes under 8 rounds we will get are money back and enough to buy a lottery ticket.

However if it does end super early and in spectacular fashion we are on for a very decent win indeed.

BETTING TIP

£10 on under 8 rounds 11/10 Sky Bet, £10 on within 3 rounds 9/2 Ladbrokes