Boxing Preview – Sergey Kovalev vs Nadjib Mohammedi

Boxing Preview – Sergey Kovalev vs Nadjib Mohammedi

Boxing Preview – Sergey Kovalev vs Nadjib Mohammedi  

A great weekend of world championship Boxing will be followed by a quite schedule this weekend, with quite minimal on offer. Despite that, what is on offer is the next showing of one of the most exciting Boxers in the world today. That man is the Krusher from Russia, Sergey Kovalev. He puts his WBA, WBO and IBF World light heavyweight championships on the line against hopeful contender Nadjib Mohammedi in Sin City.

We are expecting Kovalev to come bursting out the blocks and win the first three rounds. This is currently priced at 6/4 with Coral, who are also offering a free £20 bet when you stake a bet of £5! Click here to sign up and get your free bet. 

Sergey Kovalev is now the fortified representative of the light heavyweights of what Deontay WIlder is to heavyweight, Gennady Golovkin to middleweight and Keith Thurman to welterweight. The Russian certainly has lived up to his alias of the ‘Krusher’ following his tear through his division, going unbeaten in 28 fights, with 27 wins, 24 by stoppage, and a draw coming in 2011. In his last three outings, he made light work of Blake Caparello, stopping him in two rounds in August 2014, he then proved his worth in a unanimous decision win over the great Bernard Hopkins, putting Hopkins on the canvas in the first round, in December 2014, before most recently stopping Jean Pascal in the eighth round in March 2015.

As previously mentioned, Kovalev has an immense amount of power and knock-out potential in both hands. One of Kovalev’s victims, Nathan Cleverly, described each punch he took from Kovalev feeling like he was being pelted by bricks. He finished Cedric Agnew with a body jab. His real strength is how patient and smart he is with his punches. He will stalk his opponent and wait for them to make a move to then jump on them and impose his deadly punching rather than going in on the opposition all the time. Kovalev has a very small tendency to get tagged however because he is a big puncher, but he usually makes up for it because of how good he is.

 

The Frenchman, Mohammedi, had come up rather quietly to this challenge, and although he isn’t considered the most ideal challenger to Kovalev, however he is a ten year pro with a with 40 resume, with 37 wins, 23 by stoppage, and only 3 losses. He’s been on quite the tear in the last year, stopping Anatolly Dudchenko in the seventh round in June 2014, giving the same fate to Demetrius Walker in one round in November 2014, before most recently stopping Lee Campbell in the sixth round in March 2015.

Mohammedi is an athletic Boxer. He boasts a lot when it comes to general movement and a hard working attitude. He excels in speed and he can move quickly and punch quickly. He also has a bit of bang in both hands, partly down to his ability to overwhelm opposition with punches. Mohammedi however often has his hands to low which is okay against bad opposition but he got beat up for twelve rounds again Nathan Cleverly because of that, and Kovalev roared through Cleverly. Mohammedi also moves back when under a barrage of punches, which Kovalev will jump on once Kovalev offers a jab. His chin is very questionable too after two of his losses came by stoppage.

Kovalev and promoter Kathy Duva have come under scrutiny for matchmaking with Mohammedi when there were better options in the division, however it came in part that Duva said Al Haymon was impossible to deal with in relation to a superstar unification bout with Haymon’s fighter, Adonis Stevenson, so the fight came at relatively short notice. It’s very very likely that Kovalev would have easily won against all challengers however after slaying probably the most dangerous in Pascal and beating Hopkins. Despite all that, this doesn’t make the challenge for Mohammedi any easier, and I don’t think it will be a challenging fight for Kovalev. Mohammedi has shown that he doesn’t have much talent to roll with the better Boxers, and I think that will become obvious this weekend. Kovalev will feel out Mohammedi in the first round before getting the fight stopped in round one or two. Kovalev by a very quick and dominant stoppage.

Dan Glozier.

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