Montreal, 1/30/2016- After all his histrionics at that press conference, presenting bananas to John David Jackson, maybe Jean Pascal should’ve been nicer and brought a fruit basket. Maybe then, Light heavy boss Sergey Kovalev might’ve shown some compassion. A banana would’ve been harder to peel than it was for Kovalev to tax that ass. I’d settled in to watch a couple of competitive hookups, well, guess what, I’M STILL WAITING. I feel like I’m on line waiting for my cable company to respond. Another loud-mouthed guy from Detroit that didn’t do shit, either didn’t help any. I’ve seen rapists put up more resistance than Pascal and Mayfield did last night. Percy Mayfield (the great Impressions) was a mellow guy, which I could handle, but “Hard Hitta”, nah. We have heavy bags in our gym (the AV Boxing Gym) that offer better competition. I’ll bet when Pascal was shadow boxing in his dressing room, he was losing that, too. Pascal reminded me of those wolves in those documentaries where the Alpha male returns and the others turn around and offer up their genitals. He probably walks around Montreal with his pants in that YIA (yes, I’m available) position that a lotta’ thugs do today.
Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1D-25K) v. Jean Pascal (30-3-1-17K)
This was about as passive a performance as I’ve ever seen from a guy supposedly wanting to avenge his earlier loss, after whining that the ref stopped it too soon. Well, he was probably wondering wth took the ref, doc, Freddie Roach and everybody else so long to rescue his ass last night. Maybe he should’ve called Fontella Bass that sang the old hit, ‘Rescue Me’. I mean from round one, Pascal was just there and just barely. The biggest threat he made all night was when he promised his fans after the fight, “I’ll be back”. And do what, exactly? He should’ve worn one of Camacho’s skirts into the ring. Some will say, ‘well Don, at least he took it like a man’, well, so do a lotta’ people at Pelican Bay but so what?
To begin with, he got dropped by a damn jab that the ref called a “slip”, must’ve been a banana peel in the ring. Kovalev promised to “punish Pascal” and he wasn’t lying. To me, there were several times when he could’ve ended the fight and Lampley tried to make an issue of that, after the fight saying “ do you think some of the fans resented you punishing him like that”? Hell, after watching Mayweather for years, a little punishment being dispensed, is fine with this writer. Pascal entered the ring to Roy Jones rappin’ and it was nice seeing Roy finish something awake, for a change. Actually, I’m no rap guy, but I’ve heard worse, (Adrian Broner), a lot worse. Round after round the heavy handed undisputed champion stalked and tormented the poor, hapless, helpless, banana man. Pascal would eat a shot and just stumble across the ring to the ropes where he waited for the next wave of assaults to come. He soaked up more shit than Sponge Bob. Pascal’s new trainer Freddie Roach promised us a “different fighter”, well, indifferent was more like it. He kept imploring Pascal to fight back or he’d “stop the fight” and I’m sure Jean wished he would’ve kept his word after 4-5 rounds. I hope Jean’s daughter was somewhere else. I’ll just issue a little pass to Pascal, he didn’t quit and should give Roach a raise for finally stopping this one-side massacre.
At least, Pascal didn’t say, “that wasn’t me in there tonight”, like so many guys do. I would ask him ‘when you go to cash that damn check, do you tell the teller, “this ain’t me,” on that check? The carnage, oops ‘fight’ was finally stopped after the 7th round by Roach. At one point between rounds as Roach berated Pascal, one of the other corner guys yelled something and Jean had that, ‘now, I sure don’t wanna’ hear any of your shit’ look . Then, the usual circus began afterwards when Sergey said he wanted “Adonis Chickenson”, to unify the titles. Stevenson who has been avoiding Kovalev as if he has some Russian disease made damn sure he had guys around him big and strong enough to keep him from getting too close to the Mad Russian, else he would’ve gotten his ass broken into.” They mentioned that Andre Ward said he’s ready to face the champ. Well, I think we’ll see Canelo at 160 before that fight happens. I don’t think Ward has the fighter’s attitude or mentality these days. He needs to get healthy and get some real comp before he steps to this guy. We already know ‘K don’t play’. But Ward will probably bring wine ‘n wafers to the press conference, as a peace offering. I just don’t think a fighter can maintain or regain that needed edge after being inactive for as long as Ward has. I can see him maybe being a problem earlier but Kovalev is patient and has no problems wearing you down, taking his time and I can’t see Andre stopping him, I don’t give a damn if they fight in his Oakland kitchen with his wife in the corner serving between round meals.
As far as the Mayfield- Mikhayenko fight went, I’m sorry, I kept nodding, what did I miss?