If facing a living legend with the possibility of cementing his own legacy in the light heavyweight division wasn’t enough motivation for victory on Nov. 8, then becoming a brand-new dad certainly is for Sergey Kovalev.
Francisco Rodriguez Jr.’s WBO strawweight title and Katsunari Takayama’s IBF belt were unified after Rodriguez won a unanimous decision in his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico.
Show some love for the little guys, y’all … Francisco Rodriguez and Katsunari Takayama went to war in Mexico on Saturday, with Rodriguez winning by unanimous decision to unify the IBF and WBO belts.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman — who took over the position after his father, Jose Sulaiman, passed away in January — addresses some of the criticisms leveled at the sanctioning organization over the years, and where he envisions taking it in the future.
Bernard Hopkins isn’t overlooking Beibut Shumenov, but he is looking past him to a Showtime matchup with Adonis Stevenson, with the winner to potentially hold the RING, IBF, WBC and WBA light heavyweight titles.
Sergey Kovalev sees himself on a path to unifying titles in the 175-pound division, whether it comes against RING champ Adonis Stevenson or IBF (and possibly WBA) titleholder Bernard Hopkins, who Kovalev believes will defeat Beibut Shumenov “easily.”
Images from Carson, Calif., of Nonito Donaire’s unanimous decision win against Jeffrey Mathebula and Kelly Pavlik’s one-sided victory over Will Rosinsky.