Sergey Kovalev Workout Quotes
Their first fight ended with a dramatic knockout that shook
up the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The rematch between Eleider
"Storm" Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs) and Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev
(32-3-1, 28 KOs) will bring two of the light heavyweight
division's biggest names to The Star.
Alvarez will defend his WBO light heavyweight world title
against former unified light heavyweight world champion
Kovalev on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Ford Center at The Star in
Frisco, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility.
Krusher and his trainer Buddy McGrit had this to say today,
Wednesday, January 30 in Frisco:
First, I am very excited to get the opportunity to get back
my belt. Thanks to God for this opportunity and thanks to my
promoter and my manager to make this fight happen. Right now
I must prove that I am the best in this division by this
victory on Saturday night
I didnít have enough gas, enough power. You saw my
condition. I was lazy it was like something was wrong with
Proving again that I always push myself more than needed and
that was my biggest mistake in my boxing career. Always push
further than needed. Right now Buddy has taught me a lot Ė
saving energy for the fight and I listen to him 100% on his
recommendations and I follow his instructions. I like this
training camp but weíll see Saturday what the boxing side
Right now at this time before the fight I am used to
dieting. This time I wanted to be better for everything Ė in
life and in the boxing gym and in life and my team change. I
am happy working with Teddy Cruz my strength coach and Buddy
McGirt my boxing coach. They are really a great team and
they are great persons. We have a great understanding with
each other and I like the team very much.
When I became pro I got three belts just by using my amateur
experience be cause my fights went often my first two years
as a pro I fought 5 or 6 times a year. Then later I fought
two or three times a year and one year I fought only once.
Thatís crazy. Between the fight it was long rest and I
didnít work out. I was busy with my life. I was famous in my
small group, in my circle. I was busy with my family and
with my friends. Every fight I started my training from
zero. No one was there to work on or remind me of my style.
I fought every fight just on my memory from the amateurs. I
had coaches but they didnít help me bith my boxing or my
conditioning or anything. Everything I did myself. Everybody
has seen the result. I am happy that I started working with
Buddy and he has reminded me of my amateur style and using a
lot of boxing Ė not the goal to knock somebody out, but
boxing. Itís a good idea to not have to win by knockout, but
by boxing. The will be, at one time, a punch that will catch
him. If you can punch, you will.
This time we have been working on defense too and with the
shape I am in on Saturday it will be very interesting. I am
excited in my last day of camp and I am excited for the
fight to see what I can show. Right now I am really
motivated because I know that I can beat this guy.
The last fight he got lucky. He got lucky of course. I lost
concentration for just a couple of seconds Ė a lack of
attention just for one second. Then I couldnít get focused
after the knock down.
Maybe I wasnít ready enough. I donít want to use it as
excuses but on Saturday I will prove that I am better than
Alvarez. And that is my goal to get my belts back. Thatís my
goal right now and it is a big motivation.
(So, you are going to be a boxer on Saturday night?)
You never know what will happen tomorrow. I donít even know
what will happen when I go around this corner of the wall
when I get up. I do have motivation and I should use it to
get my belt back.
I like belts. Right now I have a co-promotion with Top Rank
and I am on ESPN and I can get to the highest level in
boxing again. I am in Dallas, and Texas is a state that has
a lot of boxing fans Ė a lot of Mexican fans and a lot of
American fans. The site is very bog and it looks great. And
I am a Cowboys fan.
My prediction is that I will get back my belt. I donít know
how, ut I will get it back at any price or any cost.
No, I did not watch the first fight. The night that they
fought I had a fight in New York. You want to hear
something? Whenever I watched tapes of an opponent, as a
fighter, I lost. When I watched tapes as a trainer, my
I watched tape of Meldrick Taylor, and I lost the fight.
I donít need to watch tapes. Iím old school. I prepare for
anything and everything. If you watch a tape of a guy, and
you see something, then you expect it to happen and you wait
all night for it, and it doesnít.
If you get in a street fight you donít have any tape on the
guy. You have to adjust. So thatís what I go by.
I have watched quite a few Kovalev fights. I have seen
enough of him. Things that he told me how he prepared for
the fight and what happened during the fight Ė that was
enough for me to understand what we have to do.
Sergey told me what went wrong in the fight and I just went
from there. I had a guy fight Alvarez, Isaac Chilemba Ė we
got jerked in the decision but it is what it is.
A lot of people told me that he was difficult to work with,
but, he wasnít. Everyone was telling me this and telling me
that and I was like ďOK,Ē and when I got with him everything
I know that he had a strength and conditioning guy, to not
only help with strength and conditioning but to help him
with his diet Ė to eat the right foods. He told me how he
ate for the last fight and I told him he was crazy. Lot of
these fighters they wait till the last week to lose ten
pounds Ė thatís not healthy.
He told me what he did wrong then we got in the gym and I
said ĎOK Buddy, you canít really make any big adjustments.
Heís been doing this too long.í So I just kept it simple.
You canít beat the basics. So you just keep it basic and
simple, not complicated, and let the rest take care of
Heís in shape. Heís eating the right foods. His weight is
good. So now itís all up to him.
There are days that we are in the gym and I say ďThatís it.Ē
He says ĎNo, I want to do this.Ē I say no, thatís it. You
can do that tomorrow.í Then I have to sit there and wait for
him to leave the gym so he wonít do anything. I know if I
left the gym he would do extra. So I have to sit there with
him and walk outside with him then he gets in his car and
leave then I get in my car and leave.
It was a fun camp. Everything went good, thank God. Now itís
all up to him.
Teddy Cruz did strength and conditioning. Teddy worked on
his diet and monitored his weight.
(What do you think will happen in the fight?)
I am excited about the fight just like everybody else.I know
he will be champion after this fight And we take it from