Ding-Dong and ring in the Gong for the New Year at the Belle Center in Montreal as Sergey Kovalev travels north again to give Montreal stinker, Jean Pascal, an undeserved rematch. That would be on a Saturday, January 30th for any masochists who might enthralled by Pascal’s grotesquely negative, running, light swatting, looking like Tarzan but fighting like a gymnastic Jane style.
Pascal still had the look of being Gonged by Kovalev in his next fight against undefeated Cuban Yunieski Gonzalez, both in their Las Vegas debut, so you’d think that if Pascal really had something left in his quiver, he would wish to prove that he could handle a relative newcomer, but nope, it was ever more stink to ferret out a hotly disputed, lightly swatted decision over Gonzalez. Most thought Gonzalez won the fight clearly. Only in boxing do we have such horrible scoring controversies due to boxing’s incomprehensibly subjective, poorly enforced rules. Gonzalez would have been the more entertaining, more traditional fight for Kovalev, but instead the suits propped up Pascal for a training session with Freddie Roach in what looks like his last chicken run at a title.
Of course, this being in Montreal, if he does survive the 12 round distance this time around, he could garner yet another hometown stink decision that gets booed by his own hometown crowd to feather out his career. In that regard, rumors floating around have been that Kovalev may have been somewhat lax in his training for the rematch, so maybe the cards have been reshuffled for this one.
Then the reprehensible charges of racism floated by both camps and the ever complicit tabloid media as if boxing needs any more of this kind of vicious baiting to titillate or outrage the misanthropic social media monkeys already up to their eyeballs in poisonous bile.
Below is basically how it went the whole night for Pascal anytime Kovalev landed flush the last go round. Sure, for a while he was able to run around squawkin’ and flappin’ like a winged chicken nugget, a style that would make anyone look bad, but Pascal scarcely landed anything of note, certainly nothing which bothered Kovalev. Kovalev wisely stayed patient to put continuous pressure with hard shots that finally did Pascal in despite his squeaky protestations.
So, it’s deja vu all over again, shame that, but this the only decent paying bout Kovalev currently has, only in boxing!