It has been known for years that Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) and
trainer John David Jackson have not been getting along. Following the
Russian’s eighth-round TKO loss to unified light-heavyweight champion Andre
Ward (32-0, 16 KO’s) in a June rematch of their November 2016 clash, which
Ward also won, it appears a brick wall has finally totaled their
Jackson recently spoke with Michael Doss of ATG Radio and blasted Kovalev.
“By the way it looks now, I am not his trainer anymore. I was there for the
rematch [with Ward] because there really wasn’t anything for us. Adonis
hadn’t stepped up to the plate. That was the logical fight for him,”
Jackson said via Boxing Scene.
“He [Kovalev] likes to talk a lot of trash. He said a couple bad things.
He’s blaming me for the loss. “But let me say this. You can’t blame me for
your loss if you quit. If you look at the fight, he quit. Once Andre
started going to the body, he was done.
“I knew that going in. I told Don Turner in camp. I said ‘If Ward goes to
the body, Sergey’s done’ because he can’t take it to the body. When you
don’t train properly for a fight, you can’t blame me. You can’t blame me
for things you don’t do in camp that you should do to make you become a
better fighter and to win the fight.”
Jackson also went on to say that once Kovalev started to make money, he
stopped taking the sport seriously, and it bit him as a result.
“I wanted the second fight to prove that we won the first fight, but in
camp, for the second fight, he did less than in the first. If he isn’t
hungry anymore; that’s on him,” he added.
Jackson probably didn’t help the situation any by talking with Ward’s team
about possibly switching sides to train the American, but the internal rift
was just becoming too much for the former middleweight world champion.
“It just didn’t work out, so I stayed on [Kovalev’s] side, but he didn’t
train. If you knew this cat in real life, you would want to leave his camp,
According to Kathy Duva of Main Events, Kovalev’s promoter, negotiations
are underway to possibly face WBC International light-heavyweight champion
Sullivan Barrera in November at Madison Square Garden.
Barrera, who is also represented by Duva, is coming off a hard-fought
victory over Joe Smith Jr. in July. He has won three consecutive fights
after suffering the first defeat of his professional career, like Kovalev,
at the hands of unified light-heavyweight world champion Andre Ward in
If Kovalev is going to fight in November, there isn’t much time remaining
to find a new trainer. If he does, the clock will still be working against
them, as it may take a while for their combination to gel.
Don’t be surprised if we don’t see Kovalev until 2018.
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