While everyone has had Mayweather vs Pacquiao on the brain the last several days, the fact remains other significant events are upcoming in boxing. Those behind next month’s light-heavyweight clash between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal reminded us of that fact with a conference call to help promote the contest, scheduled for March 14 in Pascal’s home city of Montreal. Below some choice comments from the combatants:
I am waiting for March 14. This day for me mean a lot. I am going into the ring for my next victory. Knockout or decision doesn’t matter as long as I get the victory. How it will happen, nobody knows. I am not speculating [on] what will happen. Jean Pascal is my hugest challenge. Anything can happen. If it will be KO, it will be good for me. I am going to ring to show how I can do boxing.
[Every] fight is different because opponents are different on different dates, I can [beat] somebody very easy but they can be very hard for somebody else. Pascal had problems with Hopkins but I beat him easy. It depends on the situation. It will be interesting [to see] what will happen. Jean Pascal will see a problem.
I don’t care who I fight next. My next fight [is] against Pascal on March 14. That is the only thing I am thinking about right now. I am not thinking about anyone else.
This fight is going to be a great, classic fight of the best against the best. Sergey thinks he is the best. I think I am the best. It is going to be a big night in Montreal. It is like Rocky IV. East versus the West. I am a huge underdog. The odds are four to one against me and I am going to be the black Balboa.
Sergey had a great fight against Bernard. In my mind I won both fights against Hopkins. Earlier in my career I defeated Darnell Boone. I whooped him and it took Kovalev two fights to defeat him. He has been dropped twice but I have never been knocked down in my career. That is why I am calling for an epic night on March 14.
Kovalev did a great job against Hopkins. Nobody is perfect. Everybody has flaws. He showed that he can go 12 rounds. He is a great boxer. I am a man that loves challenges and Kovalev is a great challenge for me.
Before the Hopkins fight everyone thought Sergey was only a power puncher. We know now that he can box. We know that I can bang as well. That is why this is a terrific fight. Kovalev is a power puncher and I have never been knocked down in my life.
Definitely in my country after this fight I will be recognized as the best ever in Canada. Every fight that I lost was a close fight, even though in my mind I won those fights. After March 14, I will be the best ever in my country and then I will go after the world.