Kovalev stops White; Jennings beats Fedosov
(Photo credits to Larry Levanti/Main Events) By Jim Dower: Unbeaten #6 WBO light heavyweight contender Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KO’s) stayed unbeaten with an impressive 3rd round TKO win over an over-matched Cornelius White (21-2, 16 KO’s) at the Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
After dominating the first two rounds, Kovalev knocked White down three times in the 3rd round from big left hands before the fight was halted by the referee.
After the fight, Kovalev said “I want Bernard Hopkins next.”
It’s possible that IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins could face Kovalev. Hopkins’ scheduled July 13th opponent Karo Murat has visa problems and won’t be able to travel to the U.S to face Hopkins next month. If Hopkins chooses not to face Kovalev, then we could see Kovalev face WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly. There’s interest from Cleverly’s part in facing Kovalev and that would be an interesting fight.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO’s) stopped Russian Andrey Fedosov (24-3, 19 KO’s) in a 6th round TKO. The fight was stopped after the 6th round after Fedosov complained that he couldn’t see out of his swollen up left eye.
Jennings hurt Fedosov with a right uppercut followed by a left hook in the 3rd round that caused the Russian to stagger backwards towards the ropes. Jennings then unloaded on him with everything he had, but was unable to stop him despite landing over 50 shots of 70 thrown.
Jennings was pretty gassed out in the 4th and did very little.
In the 6th, Jennings went back to dominating the action with combinations and jabs.
Overall, Jennings looked okay but far from great. Fedosov gave him problems with his body shots and his pressure. Had this been a good heavyweight with power instead of Fedosov, it’s difficult to picture Jennings being able to win this fight. Jennings is a decent fighter but I think he’d be beaten by some of the other heavyweight contenders.