Kovalev defeated by Safar in comeback fight

Sergey Kovalev Vs Robin Sirwan Safar Action9
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Unbeaten WBO #15 cruiserweight Robin Safar (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former unified light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (35-5-1, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Returning after two year layoff, 41-year-old Kovalev appeared to be a shadow of his former glory as Safar systematically broke him down. Safar finally dropped the Krusher with moments left in the fight. Scores were 97-92, 99-90, 95-94.

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  • Kovalev needs to go home and get his fking cigarette box. His career is done.

  • Kovalev was actually doing relatively well, for 9 rounds, considering his time off and especially his age. Even to the point where he could have said he will be better next time. Then he goes and gets careless in the 10th round and gets knocked down badly, making that the picture everybody will remember.

  • It’s bad karma for all the stuff that he said about how he wants to hurt and kill his opponents…

  • Kovalev needs to retire. Just don’t see him fighting anymore. He boxed well at times, but safir just stayed in his face and pushed the fight. That’s not kovalev. He was the krusher. The knockdown just added more emphasis.

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