Sergey Kovalev: Spanked by Gennady Golovkin in sparring?Written by Lee Cleveland
What happens during sparring stays in the gym, right?
... Maybe not all of the time.
Although the loquacious Abel Sanchez, Gennady Golovkin's trainer, insists unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0, 26KO) will dominate Andre Ward in their November 19 superfight showdown, the former is not one of the Russian's favorite people these days.
Several years ago, Sanchez trained Kovalev for a brief period and has made a few interesting declarations about Sergey.
In November 2014, Sanchez proclaimed he guided the Russian to eight knockout wins, and took partial credit for sculpting the style Kovalev uses today.
He credited Kovalev's strength, technique, craft and viciousness in the ring. In fact, he gave a glowing recommendation of the Russian.
Not so bad, huh?
... There's more.
Sanchez went on to say he limited Kovalev vs Golovkin sparring sessions because the latter would dominate his larger stablemate.
Insisting Kovalev gave Gennady too much respect, Sanchez suggested the current light heavyweight champion may have been fearful of Gennady, hinting their sparring sessions were very one-sided.
Obviously not thrilled with Sanchez's comments, Kovalev recently fired back.
Don't believe the hype
"Did you see it [the sparring sessions] yourself?," Sergey told BoxingScene.com.
"I don't want to explain who said this trash talking. Somebody's coach, somebody's coach when I leave his training camp he was disappointed. He was very disappointed when I leave his training camp," Kovalev said.
Kathy Duva, Kovalev's promoter also chimed in:
"During the period of time that this did or did not happen, Sergey was an eight round fighter and Golovkin was a world champion. Sparring stories should stay in the gym," Duva informed BoxingScene.com.
Is Sanchez embellishing because he's bitter Kovalev left him and started training under current coach John David Jackson?
Or is Golovkin that monstrous? If so, Sanchez shouldn't have worries about moving Gennady up to super middleweight and possibly light heavyweight.
Imagine how in-demand Abel would be if he had both Gennady and Sergey in his stable.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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