Story by: Chip Mitchell
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs), returns to HBO Boxing After Dark and Atlantic City on August 2nd to defend his WBO Light Heavyweight title against undefeated Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) at Revel Casino Hotel. Kovalev is coming off a stoppage victory over Cedric Agnew. Caparello earned a hard fought win over Elvir Muriqi.
The fact that Caparello is a crafty southpaw gives fans hope that this fight could be a prelude to a match with Stevenson, who is also a lefty. Kovalev needs to stay focused, as he doesn’t want his dream of fighting Adonis Stevenson to be ‘Krushed’ with a loss to Caparello.
Sergey Kovalev – Kovalev has victories over Darnell Boone, Lionel Thompson, Gabriel Campillo, Nate Cleverly, Ismail Sillakh, and Cedric Agnew.
Blake Caparello – Caparello has wins over Allan Green, Elvir Muriqi, Aaron Pryor Jr, and the once promising Dante Craig.
Sergey Kovalev hasn’t gone beyond 8 rounds, so there are unknowns that arise about his endurance. Kovalev can get into position, but doesn’t always exert the greatest footwork. He often comes in straight without using angles, which can sometimes lead to extra effort on his part. He doesn’t have the fastest hands. Oddly enough, if a weakness chart was done on Joe Louis, the author could cut out facts from above and paste them into Louis’s chart.
Blake Caparello often leaves his right hand low, which leaves him open for a left hook. He also paws with the jab and often loads up on his left hand when he sees an opening. He’s been down and in trouble early against a guy who was 11-7 at the time. Continue reading