RingTV.com has a live round-by-round update of tonight’s second round knockout by Russian WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev, who scored two knockdowns in the final round against Ukrainian challenger Ismayl Sillakh at The Pepsi Colesium in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on HBO.
Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 knockouts) is 11-0-1 with 11 stoppage victories in his past 12 bouts after the victory over Sillakh (21-2, 17 KOs), who had won four straight, three of them by stoppage, since falling by eighth-round knockout to Denis Grachev last April. In his last fight in August, Sillakh stopped Konstantin Piternov in the sixth round.
Kovalev weighed in at 174.6 pounds and rehydrated to 181, Sillakh was 174.4 and enters the ring at 185.
HBO’s broadcast begins at 10:15 p.m ET/PT.
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Kovalev vs. Sillakh
Referee: Marlon B Wright.
Judges: Pasquale Procopio, Benoit Roussel, Jean Gauthier
Sillakh enters the ring first wearing a black robe trimmed in gold as well as black and white gloves.
Kovalev enters the arena wearing a blue robe with red sleeves at the end and silver down the front. Also has black and white gloves.
Announcer is the great Michael Buffer.
KOVALEV WINS BY SECOND ROUND KNOCKOUT AT THE 0:52 MARK!!!!
Round 1: Sillakh is moving and bouncing on his toes. Good movement. Kovalev stalking. Kovalev lands a right and a grazing left hook. Left jab of Sillakh knocks Kovalev into the ropes, more off balance. Decent right by Sillakh. Nice counter left and a right cross from Sillakh. Two jabs to the chest by Kovalev. Another jab by Kovalev. Nice hook inside from Sillakh. Sillakh closes with two jabs. Sillakh, 10-9.
Round 2: Kovalev out-landed Sillakh, 10-9, in Round 1. SILLAKH’S DOWN FROM A HARD RIGHT, LEFT COMBINATION!!! Sillakh Rises, BUT IS DROPPED FOR GOOD WITH A BIG RIGHT, LEFT, LEFT. SILLAKH FALLS BACKWARD AND LANDS PARTIALLY BENEATH THE ROPES.
IT”S OVER!!!!! KOVALEV WINS BY SECOND ROUND KNOCKOUT AT THE 0:52 MARK!!!!