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  Krusher Cruises To Victory In Cruiserweight Debut

By Igor Frank


Thrillers entry into a world of boxing continued on Saturday night as Great Western Forum in Inglewood California played host to Fight Club’s TrillerVerz . Boxing and music mix very well according to color commentator and former welterweight champion, Shawn Porter. And that is what TrillerVerz was all about, mixing rap competition with fistic combat. Since I don’t know” s..t” about rap (as late Roger Mayweather would say) I will direct my attention to boxing show, which I would venture to call a family affair since it featured three kids of former ring star Fernando Vargas, a son Ring legend, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and two Pulev brothers from Bulgaria.

21-year old junior lightweight, Amado Vargas (4-0,2KO’s) scored a unanimous decision over Anel Dudo(1-4-1,1KO).” My dad told me to keep boxing and be smart,” said Vargas:” I am very happy with my performance.” Super welterweight Fernando Vargas Jr and his eighteen years old brother Emiliano both scored first round knock outs electrifying the crowd at the Forum.

Evander Holyfield’s off spring was not as fortunate. Evan “Young Holy” Holyfield got smacked in the jaw by a huge right hand from unheralded Jurmain McDonald in the second stanza. Referee Raul Caiz Jr stopped the contest at the count of eight as Evan was in no condition to continue.

Pulev brothers split the bill competing in co feature and main event. Heavyweight Kubrat Pulev had to wait for over an hour along with all the fans, because his opponent Jerry Forrest didn’t bring the right gloves to the fight. Finally Pulev gave his opponent his spare gloves to salvage the contest. In the ring ring , Pulev dominated the action and won a workman like unanimous decision over crafty Forrest who was able to avoid a lot of punches, but couldn’t muster much of an offence.

But the main reason most boxing fans invaded the Kia Forum on Saturday night was the return of Sergei “The Krusher’ Kovalev against undefeated cruiserweight, Tervell Pulev. Krusher hasn’t seen action in the ring since he was brutally stopped by Canelo Alvarez in 2019. Despite ring rust Kovalev cruised to an easy decision victory over Tervell. Using his trademark jab Sergei exhibited flashes of old Krusher, unleashing fluid combinations. Despite a spirited effort Kovalev was not able Pulev and had to settle for a decision.

“I am just going to keep in shape after this fight,” said Kovalev after he had his hand raised in victory: “We will rest one week and then get back in the gym. Of course there was some ring rust. Without boxing at high level for over a year, my body doesn’t like this. I want to fight every three or four month. But I felt like I didn’t have enough energy in my body. I think in my next fight, it would be at a higher level. Give me one more fight, and I”ll be ready for a world title opportunity.”



 

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