Kovalev was fighting against the unbeaten and somewhat tricky Blake Caparello (19-1-1, 6) who looked confident in the opening by using his jab well as Kovalev stalked. Surprisingly, though as mentioned above, Kovalev did go down in the opening round, though on replay it was clear that Kovalev had his foot stood on causing him to lose balance before the shot was landed by Caparello.
Although Kovalev looked frustrated times in the opening round he appeared to be settling in to his rhythm prior to the bell.
As we all know when Kovalev is in the groove he is destructive and we saw it here as he dropped Caparello with a clean body early in round 2. From then on it was a case of just how long Caparello could survive.
It turned out that Caparello's survival instincts weren't great and instead of holding, moving or doing anything to survive he stood in the corner, waved in Kovalev and acted as if he had no idea how to survive in the ring. Kovalev obliged the willing victim and went on the offensive with very calculated pressure and picked his shots excellently sending Caparello down again...and then again as the referee, Sparkle Lee, was forced to wave off the bout.
With such a quick victory it will likely be a quick return to the gym for "Krusher" who will working with his team to put together a gameplan to defeat Hopkins who was ringside for the bout.
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