Sergey Kovalev (boxer)
Sergey Alexandrovich Kovalev is a Russian professional boxer. He has held multiple light heavyweight world championships, including the WBA and IBF titles from 2014 to 2016, and the WBO title three times between 2013 and 2019. He is the son of former Russian boxing champion Alexei Kovalevsky and the grandson of former world heavyweight boxing champion Vladimir Kovalevesky. He turned professional in 2008, after winning two amateur titles as an amateur.
About Sergey Kovalev (boxer) in brief
Sergey Alexandrovich Kovalev is a Russian professional boxer. He has held multiple light heavyweight world championships, including the WBA and IBF titles from 2014 to 2016, and the WBO title three times between 2013 and 2019. He is ranked as the world’s second best active light heavyweight by The Ring magazine, third by BoxRec and fourth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. In 2014, The Ring named him their Fighter of the Year. Nicknamed the ‘Krusher’, he is particularly known for his exceptional punching power, although he designates himself as ‘just a regular boxer.’ He is the son of former Russian boxing champion Alexei Kovalevsky and the grandson of former world heavyweight boxing champion Vladimir Kovalevesky. He was born in Moscow, Russia, and grew up in the town of Yekaterinburg. He turned professional in 2008, after winning two amateur titles as an amateur. In 2012, he begun being trained by John David Jackson. In August 2013, he fought Nathan Cleverly for the light heavyweight title, and knocked him out in the third round. This was the first time Cleverly had been knocked down as a professional. On November 30, 2013, KovaleV had his first defense of the W BOA light heavyweight #15 title against WBO #15 Islmayl Ismayl. He lost the fight in the fourth round, but the referee waved things off for a third time and waved the fight off for the third time in the fifth round. He then went on to win the title in a rematch with Cleverly, who he knocked down in the sixth round.
In November 2014, he won the title for the second time in his professional career. He also won the IBF and WBA light heavyweight titles in 2014 and 2015 respectively. He won the world title in 2015 and 2016, respectively, in the middleweight division. In January 2015, he lost the title to WBA #15 champion Gabriel Campillo in a controversial split decision. In April 2016, he became the first Russian boxer to win two world titles in the same year. In May 2016, Kovalesv became the second Russian man to win three world titles at the same time, after Andrey Kuznetsov in 2012 and 2013. In July 2011, he took his first NABA belt in a 10-round fight with Douglas Otieno from Kenya. In October 2010, he had to fight all eight rounds, and was dropped en route to a split decision win. In his 2011 fight against Roman Simakov of Russia, he knocked him down and the fight was stopped one round later. Simakov was taken to the hospital, where he lapsed into a coma and died three days later. He finished his amateur career with a record of 195–18. In 2006 he won bronze in the Russian Championship and gold in the World Military Games in India. The next year was the most successful in his career as an Amateur in winning two titles: the first as champion of Russia and the second as champion among servicemen. In the 2006 championship for servicemen, he winning the silver, and a year later, he taking bronze in the Russian Championship. In 2008, he decided to turn professional.