By Ogi Georgiev
3-time mild heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who returns towards Tervel Pulev on Might 14 Los Angeles, offers his model of the occasions round his combat with Canelo Alvarez.
“The combat towards Canelo, I wasn’t like myself,” mentioned Kovalev. “I used to be empty of power as a result of all of 2018 for me was a really intensive yr.
“I acquired the title again from Eleider Alvarez in February 2018, after which the WBO ordered a compulsory protection towards Anthony Yarde. This combat was scheduled on June 27 in Russia. I arrived in Russia one month earlier than the combat after which the combat was rescheduled for August 24. This was like a very huge kick. I used to be shocked as a result of I had simply three Kilos left [to lose], like round seven kilos, so the combat was rescheduled for August.
“I stayed residence. I visited my household and associates and acquired my weight again to 200 kilos. That’s like my common weight, like 203. Then I went again to the US and celebrated my spouse’s birthday earlier than I went again to coaching camp. It was like June 20.
“Then a month earlier than the combat I went again to Russia and continued my coaching camp in Russia once more. I fought with Anthony Yarde and the combat was very exhausting as a result of I used to be already drained of my power. I used to be flying backwards and forwards and going up and down in weight.
“Then I acquired the provide the subsequent day after my victory over Anthony Yarde to combat Canelo. I mentioned ‘sure, I’m prepared, however let me relaxation simply two, three weeks.’ They mentioned ‘No. November 2 or no combat. We’ll go together with any person else.’
“You realize, I’m a fighter. And I’m by no means like ‘I need to combat this man’ or ‘I don’t need to combat this man.’ So I advised myself in the event that they gained’t give me a relaxation, God was like testing me once more…giving me a check and discover out who’s who. I by no means canceled any fights or a suggestion of any fights as a result of I’m not boxing for a legacy like Canelo or Mayweather or some boxers who construct legacies.
“I’m preventing who desires it and who will make a suggestion. And the combat occurred prefer it occurred. For me, it was very robust to make weight once more. We acquired to the tip of the week and somebody got here to the dressing and mentioned they had been operating behind and we needed to wait.
“We sat down within the dressing room for one hour, ONE HOUR, and I misplaced my power as a result of whenever you’re serious about the combat, you understand. After I got here contained in the ring, I couldn’t punch. I used to be empty of power. And after spherical seven, after I sat down within the nook, I mentioned to Buddy (McGirt), ‘I’m achieved, completely.’ What occurred, occurred, all people noticed.
“You may think about what would have occurred if I used to be filled with power. It could be a distinct combat and extra attention-grabbing for the boxing followers as a result of I might have achieved extra. Extra aggressive, extra energetic. However I didn’t do something within the combat. Simply jab, jab, and then you definately already know the consequence.
“However, every little thing occurs for a cause. Now I’m very rested and actually contemporary. I made a decision to maneuver up as a result of making 175 was killing me, you understand? It could break my well being. I both needed to transfer up or boxing stops. I made a decision to maneuver up and end my boxing profession with a title.”