It's that single trait that has made Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21) such an exciting and must watch fighter. At the moment we know he's going to connect and when he does we know his opponent is going to down and down hard.
We saw Kovalev showing off that power once again as he made the first defense of the WBO Light Heavyweight title he won when he defeated Welshman Nathan Cleverly.
Fighting against talented Ukrainian Ismayl Sillakh (21-2, 17) it appeared that Kovalev may have been getting a test. This looked the case through the opening round which saw Sillakh moving excellently, establishing his jab and controlling the range. It seemed that if Sillakh could do that for 12 rounds then Kovalev would never get a chance to land his thunderous power shots.
Unfortunately for the challenger he lacked the power on his jab to get Kovalev's respect and the Russian began round 2 by immediately cutting the distance. No longer was he standing at the end of Sillakh's range but instead he was getting to mid-distance, his danger range.
At mid range Kovalev is lethal and it showed as he dropped Sillakh hard very early in the round. Other fighters would have stayed down but Sillakh, to his credit did get to his feet. Unfortunately for the challenger he didn't have time to recover his senses and just seconds later Kovalev had connected with a huge shot that sent Sillakh down hard. This time there was no chance Sillakh was going to get back up.
With this win under his belt and another eye catching and impressive stoppage on his record Kovalev's stock will have risen even more. Sure he did what he was supposed to here but that doesn't mean he anything but impressive.
In a post fight interview Kovalev did call out, when prompted, Adonis Stevenson. Stevenson, an equally big puncher, is pretty the dream fight in the Light Heavyweight division and one that every fan seems to be calling for. A fight between the two in 2014 seems almost inevitable right now and is the sort of fight the sport needs. It's hard to see anyone else giving Kovalev any real problems right now.