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Kovalev on being the underdog: I want to disappoint a lot of people

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By Ponciano \”John\” Melo Jr.  

posted October 28, 2019 at 06:38 pm

Manila Standard Digital

https://manilastandard.net/sports/sports-headlines/308876/kovalev-on-being-the-underdog-i-want-to-disappoint-a-lot-of-people.html

MGM GRAND — a Mexican-dominant crowd who anticipated the arrival of Saul \”Canelo\” Alvarez motivated the Russian WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey \”Krusher\” Kovalev for their bout this coming November 2nd.Booed and cheered against, Kovalev was all smiles as he took the stage during his grand arrival.“This motivates me, I want to disappoint a lot of people,” the 36 years old champ said.

The Russian came out as an underdog against the challenger, who jumped from middleweight to light heavyweight despite spending his entire career in the division.And with the news stressing more about Canelo making history, Kovalev is set to make his mark by halting Alvarez’s dream of becoming the first Mexican boxer to win four titles in different weight classes.“I’m ready to win against Canelo. For my glory, for my history,” he said. Kovalev as well is expected to fight smarter comes fight night.Known for his knockout ability, the ‘Krusher’ with his new team beside him is trying to change their tactics as they want him to last up to the 12th round.Believing that he has more to lose than Canelo in the fight, Kovalev vows to turn the ‘boos’ into ‘ooohs’ on Saturday night. Nonetheless, he lauded Canelo for going up the 175 pounds, a division he said he wanted to make known.“I respect his steps (for going up in light heavyweight) and his risks, you know. This is boxing only real men can prove to themselves that they’re real fighters and for Canelo, it is (he proved it).”

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

Andy Ruiz Jr. is slowly getting back as a heavyweight title contender after dominating Luis Ortiz.

The former unified heavyweight world champion knocked down “King Kong” Ortiz thrice to win via unanimous decision.

Next in line for the boxer who had one of the greatest upsets in boxing history is to face the former WBC king Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, who has been out of the picture since being destroyed by Tyson Fury in their rematch, will make a return to face Robert Helenius before eventually fighting the Mexican Ortiz.

The Ruiz-Wilder bout is a big chance to happen as both heavyweights are under the boxing promoter Al Haymon.

“We’re always looking for great exciting fights we love to give the fans,” said Wilder, who was on ringside during the Ruiz-Ortiz clash.

“So if that’s what is lined up next, I’ve got to handle business and after that, we can get it on.”

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

Famous YouTuber KSI returned to the boxing ring after some time and he announced it by dominating two fights in one night.

Olajide Olatunji, his real name, first defeated Swarmz, a Briton rapper who happened to be his friend as well. The match ended in the second round and then after several other matches, KSI stepped up once more to TKO Luis Alcaraz Pineda, a true professional boxer.

But despite these wins KSI’s pro record remains at 1-0 as both fights were not given a green light as officially-sanctioned bouts.

One of the undercards in the event was Salt Papi, a Tiktok star that is a Filipino. He won easily in his first fight with an impressive knock out.

Salt Papi became famous for his fake run videos and since then went on a fitness journey that led to his boxing debut

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

2022 is not yet over but we’ve already seen the fall of our boxing world champions one
by one.
And with Mark Magsayo failing to defend his WBC featherweight belt in his first title
defense, it left the Philippines with no more current world champion in the sport.
Magsayo went through a heartbreaker with a split decision loss against Rey Vargas of
Mexico.
Rene Mark Cuarto also lost the IBF minimumweight title to another Mexican boxer
named Daniel Valladares.
Just last month, it was Nonito “The Filipio Flash” Donaire who surrendered his WBC
Bantamweight belt to the Japanese Monster Noaya Inoue, his second defeat to the now
unified bantamweight champion.
Jerwin Ancajas likewise suffered the same fate while Johnriel Casimero got his WBO
bantamweightbelt stripped from him due to violation in the weight cut guidelines.
Now, the questions afloat are who will be the next Pinoy champion? Will there be
another Pinoy champ?
With Manny Pacquiao retired from professional boxer after losing his belt as well to
Yordenis Ugas, who will be the next boxer that will give the Philippines back its pride?
Up and coming star Eumir Marcial is on the list after capturing the bronze medal in the
Tokyo Olympics. Magsayo is not off the chart as well as he is still young, it’s just a
matter of bouncing back.

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