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Kovalev 'Krushes' Caparello In Two

Kovalev Takes Out Caparello
Kovalev Takes Out Caparello

J, R. Jowett reporting from ringside: Kathy Duva (Main Events) and HBO presented a show on 8/2/14 at Atlantic City’s Revel Casino. Although the undercard had some good fights, the main event was garbage. Sergey Kovalev, 174, Chelyabinsk, Russia, 25-0-1 (23), defended his Who-Cares? title against Blake Caparello, 174, Greenvale, Australia, 19-1-1 (6), in a scheduled 12. It was over before it got started. The two danced around in an ineffective feeling out process in the first, until the southpaw Caparello threw a surprise left lead and caught Kovalev going straight back. Kovalev went to the canvas on his seat, but the punch pushed him over rather than knocked him down.

Now let’s the usual script, the guy getting knocked down gets up rattled and the guy scoring the knockdown calmly and confidently goes for the finisher. Not in this cockeyed contest. Kovalev was cool and well within himself as he resumed his recon mission against Caparello’s loose-limbed lefty style, while the Aussie swung punches that had more arc than a boomerang. Although there was a lot of exaggerated motion and stirred up breeze, nothing more of significance happened in the round.

Starting round two, Sergey stalked menacingly, winding up with his right like Popeye about to demolish Bluto. Somehow it worked! After this much advance warning, he tossed the punch anyway, but possibly fooled his opponent by throwing it to the body. Caparello arched his spine and pulled in his belly but the shot landed to the solar plexus and it was 1897 again. Caparello turned away and sunk to one knee, holding his midsection in pain. He got up, Sergey went after him tossing right leads, landed a solid one, and in the scramble for escape, a knee just barely touched down and referee Sparkle Lee stepped between them and gave Blake another count. Kovalev then swarmed the stricken foe into a corner, where there was no escape, and volleyed him to the canvas with a two-hand assault, the right being most potent. Lee stopped the fiasco without a count, at 1:47. And this is the division that had Archie Moore, Ezzard Charles, Harold Johnson and Bob Foster?

Krusher Kovalev
Photo Credits:
Rich Graessle/Main Events
Kovalev Hugging Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva
Photo Credits:
Rich Graessle/Main Events

In the semi-final 10, Isaac Chilemba, 175 1/2, Blantyre, Malawi, 23-2-2 (10), wore down and stopped game Cory Cummings, 174, Balto., 17-7-1 (13), at 2:28 of the seventh of a hectic but unincendiary contest. For a moment, it looked like an upset might be brewing as the compact and muscular Cummings came out vigorously in the first, moved in on the tall, rangy African behind a battering ram jab and rights over the top as Chilemba leaned away. But Isaac calmly lined up his own jab and counter rights, and from round two it was all downhill for Cummings. Chilemba was able to jab him from long range, counter as Cory moved in, and then smother his attack on the inside by leaning over and showing Cory only his left profile. By round four, he was picking Cummings apart, and in the fifth, Cory was no longer penetrating and was getting bopped from Chilemba’s wheelhouse, long range. In the sixth, Cummings was circling wide at avoidance range and no longer fighting. The tactic only put him on the end of a long right, Isaac’s best punch of the fight, and Cory was in trouble. But the methodical African would not break away and go for the finisher but instead continued boxing the underdog to a standstill. When Isaac decided to add a body attack in the seventh, it was over. A right under the ribs made Cory wince, and when his mouthpiece was knocked out and referee Eric Dali moved in, Cummings’ corner took the opportunity to signal for a stoppage, at 2:28. Cory had lost every round on all cards.





Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba
Photo Credits:
Rich Graessle/Main Events
Isaac said after the fight, "I feel good. It was a good fight. He was well prepared for the fight. He came out strong and took some of my best shots until he just couldn’t take anymore. I want a title shot next. I am hoping Jean Pascal is the next one; I am hoping to get a chance at him or chance at Kovalev next." His manager, Jodi Solomon added, "I am really proud of Isaac. The work he put in has really paid off and we just need to keep pushing harder. If he keeps pushing I think he is capable of anything."
August 2, 2014

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