Kovalev corners Pascal and delivers a right to the head. The referee jumps in to stop the fight as Pascal argues the stoppage. Fight. Over. Kovalev by TKO in round 8. It's an 8th-round TKO for unbeaten Sergey Kovalev, who defends his trio of light heavyweight titles against Jean Pascal.
March 14, 2015
WBA Super World light heavyweight title
IBF World light heavyweight title
WBO World light heavyweight title
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In Kovalev's last fight, he easily defeated Bernard Hopkins and took the WBA and IBF titles from the ageless wonder. However, Kovalev didn't earn a stoppage against the rugged and elusive Hopkins. As is always the case with anyone who has fought Hopkins in the last 10 years, Kovalev was in a no-win situation.
If he blew through Hopkins and stopped him, critics would have said it was expected. Meanwhile, winning by decision wasn't quite as impressive. Just imagine what would have happened if Kovalev had lost.
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