Kovalev defeats Pulev in cruiser debut


Former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (35-4-1, 29 KOs) moved up to cruiserweight and scored a clear cut ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Tervel Pulev (16-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the iconic Forum in Inglewood, California. Kovalev schooled Pulev with the jab to pull away to a 98-92, 98-92, 97-93 win.

Former heavyweight title challenger Kubrat Pulev (23-2, 14 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Jerry Forrest (26-5-2, 20 KOs). The fight was delayed 90 minutes due to a glove problem with Forrest. When the fight finally got underway, Pulev won by scores of 98-92, 99-91, 99-91.

Journeyman super welterweight Jurmain McDonald (7-5, 3 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten Evan Holyfield (9-1, 6 KOs) in the second round. A right to the jaw finished Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

Pro debuting lightweight Emiliano Vargas destroyed Mark Salgado (1-2, 1 KO) in the first round. Vargas dropped Salgado twice to end it. Time was 2:09.

Vargas was one of three sons of former world champion Fernando Vargas on the show. Earlier, super welterweight Fernando Vargas Jr. (6-0, 6 KOs) and junior lightweight Amado Vargas (4-0, 2 KOs) both kept their unbeaten records intact.

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  • There’s some decent fights here but I just ain’t paying for another ppv less than 8 days.

  • Evan’s career is over while the Vargas kids are actually looking good!

    • Evan never really looked like the real deal to me…..

      No pun intended.

    • So sad when one loss determines that your career is over. Unfortunately, fans think like this which is why the best are reluctant to fight each other.

      • I like your comment. You ever been around non boxing fans and first thing they ask is if you tell them you were a boxer was have you ever got knocked out. Second, where you undefeated,Lastly did you ever fight Floyd Or some other dumbshi*

      • Losing in devastating fashion to a club fighter with barely a winning record isn’t exactly the look of a future champion.

      • You’re absolutely right 1 lose doesn’t define you in boxing it could very well make you a better fighter the old sane goes you didn’t learn nothing if you never lost.i would love to see him come back better.

      • Bloody hell Holyfield got dusted by a part time fighter that works as an electrician. Sometimes one loss tells you that you’re in the wrong profession

  • Looking at the size of Kovalev in the photo. He must have “death camp dieted” to make Light Heavyweight

  • I’ve always liked Kovalev. Can still get angry that he did not get the official recognition in the first fight against Ward. He won that fight.

    However, I do not think Kovalev has the physical conditions against the best in Cruiserweight. Wish him the best still.

  • Did not at all expect the now old cruiserweight version of Kovalev to win in this fight against the unbeaten Pulev. Well done. Hope this though does not make him think he could fight a top level cruiser for a title fight.

  • Boxing is a business, Kovalev is good for business, always a dangerous and exciting fighter.Will he be the Kovalev of old when he was going through everyone like they were children? I doubt that, however time will tell and 1 thing is certain, with fighters like Bivol, Fury,Charlo brothers, at least we’re seeing REAL FIGHTERS fight real fights which is good for the sport.

  • I’d like to also mention that we might be seeing a new golden era of boxing possibly like when M.tyson was champ, and we had Julio Cesar Chavez,Duran Hearns,Leonard,Hagler now is the time for us boxing fans to let our voices be heard that we want a REAL boxing commissioner that regulates the sport, with 1 champ per division (not the hundred champs of the WBC,WBA,ETC).That man I.M.O should be Teddy Atlas because besides knowing everything about the game he is passionate about the sport he loves.

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