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21 SEPTEMBER 2014

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Kovalev Has Secret Weapon In His Corner




When Russian puncher Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, 20-0-1, 18 KOs, squares off against Houston’s Cornelius White, 21-1, 16 KOs, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem on June 14, the light heavyweight contender will have a not-so-secret weapon in his corner. Over the last year, Kovalev has been working with former world champ John David Jackson.

 

The Kovalev-White bout is part of a knockout triple header on the next edition of NBC Sports Network’s popular Fight Night. The broadcast begins at 8PM ET, and also includes a 10-round heavyweight fight between Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings, 16-0, 8 KOs, and Andrey Fedosov, 24-2, 19 KOs, of Russia, as well as a 10-round welterweight clash between Bethlehem’s Ronald Cruz, 17-1, 12 KOs, and Ray Narh, 25-2, 21 KOs, of Ghana.

 

 


Before becoming a trainer, John David Jackson had an excellent boxing career that included world titles in both the light middleweight and middleweight divisions, and an overall pro record of 36-4, 20 KOs. In his post-punching era, Jackson has worked with fighters like Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Nate Campbell, Randall Bailey, and others. Now, his latest charge, Kovalev, is quickly climbing the ranks toward a world title shot.

 

"He’s a tremendous puncher, probably the most pure puncher in the division," Jackson said. "I don’t try to change anything he does because his style is very unique. It’s not conventional. He punches from different angles. One thing he does really nice is when he throws his shots, he sits on almost all his punches. I just try to add small things to his game."

 

Jackson learned the training trade during his five years in Philadelphia, when as a boxer, he worked with legendary trainer George Benton.

 

"Georgie Benton was my one and only true teacher of boxing," Jackson said of the North Philly icon. "I would just pick his brain. I think the relationship we built, and just watching him and the way he did things, made the transition (from boxer to trainer) easy for me. He was the first person to tell me that I would make a very good trainer. He said, ’You’ll make a great trainer because you have patience and you understand the game.’ So Georgie was the main reason I’ve had success as a trainer."

 

May 31, 2013

 

 

 



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