If this was a sparring session, watchers would characterize it as a robust exercise, one that was spirited, but never got out of hand.
Sergey Kovalev, THE RING’s Fighter of the Year (and by-a-nose runner-up as BWAA Fighter of the Year), and Jean Pascal, the Haitian-born Canadian hitter, will glove up in Montreal, and on HBO, March 14.
They took part in a Tuesday conference call, put together by Main Events, who boasts Krusher under their umbrella, and Interbox. Both men complimented the history and arsenal of their foe, but it was the issue of PED testing which threatened to send the call off the rails.
Jean Pascal is not the Haitian-born light heavyweight from Quebec that Sergey Kovalev and his trainer truly wanted to fight next.
That doesn’t mean they don’t consider Pascal a legitimate threat to pull off an upset next month. Russia’s Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) is a 4-1 favorite approaching his IBF/WBA/WBO title fight against Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs, 1 NC) on March 14 in Montreal, but John David Jackson, the 31-year-old Kovalev’s trainer, isn’t interested in the odds.
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, the reigning WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, was working hard with trainer John David Jackson at the Normandy Boxing Gym in Miami Beach, FL.
Kovalev vs. Pascal is a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles. The fight will be televised as part of a live triple header on HBO World Championship Boxing® on March 14, 2015 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Tickets are on sale now at the Bell Centre ticket office, at www.evenko.ca, by telephone at 1-855-310-2525 or through Club de Boxe Champion (514-376-0980). This event is a co-promotion of Main Events and InterBox, presented by Vidéotron in association with Mise-O-Jeu.
Approximately 12,000 people are expected to come out for the March 14 fight between light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev and hometown star Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal, according to Jean Bedard of InterBox, who says that ticket sales are going well.
“We started very strong just before Christmas,” Bedard said on a Feb. 24 media conference call. “As you know, nothing happened here in January or February because of the cold weather we had. I would say that we had a great day yesterday of sales and we’re thinking about 12,000, which is very good for the venue. We’ll see. We’re looking to have very good sales in the next three weeks that we still have in terms of promotion, as usual, while the heat is on, while we start talking about the fight, while the boxers are available for the media. We’re looking for a good turnout on March 14.”
The fight will air on HBO in the United States and on pay-per-view in Quebec, with the latter perhaps affecting the ticket sales, Bedard believes.
“The issue is the experience on TV is getting better and better. From what we saw five years ago to today with all the access, with the big screens on TVs, sometimes people prefer [that] instead of going up in the building in the upper bowl at $50, they prefer to buy it [on pay-per-view],” he said. “And so we have stronger and stronger pay-per-views.
“We’ll have a very good crowd,” he said. “We hope that we make it go 15. Depends on the next three weeks, and if we can have a little bit warmer weather … the economy will go again. We’re very comfortable that there will be a very nice crowd on March 14.”