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Boxer Kovalev appreciated the first victory in three years with the phrase “a little difficult”

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Kovalev after the victory over Pulev: “I’m back”

The Russian won a victory over Tervel Pulev, who had never lost before. Kovalev held his last fight at the end of 2019 and lost by knockout.

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Russian boxer Sergei Kovalev commented on his return to the ring after two and a half years. On the morning of May 15, the Russian defeated the Bulgarian boxer Tervel Pulev.

“After a long break, it’s a little difficult, but I’m back. Now I’m going to get in shape. I’ll take a week off and start training again. I look forward to the next fight, ”he said immediately after the fight.

Kovalev admitted that he was worried about how the fight against Pulev would end, since there was a big pause in his career. “Such a simple did not benefit my body. By this fight, 10 pounds (4.5 kg. — RBC),” said the Russian.

Russian boxer Sergei Kovalev won his first victory in three years

He revealed that he wanted to “fight every three to four months”. “I think the next fight will not be much higher level. Give me one more fight and I’ll be ready,” Kovalev said.

The duel between Kovalev and Pulev took place in the American Inglewood (California). The ten-round fight ended with the victory of the Russian by unanimous decision of the judges: 98–92, 98–92, 97–93. The Russian boxer won 35 victories (29 by knockout) in the professional ring with four defeats and one draw. Pulev suffered the first defeat of his professional career with 16 wins (13 by knockout).

Kovalev, before the fight with the Bulgarian boxer, last entered the ring at the end of 2019. Then he fought against the Mexican Saul Alvarez, who knocked out the Russian.

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