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Boxing: Sergey Kovalev ready for his cruiserweight debut

Sergey Kovalev (34-4, 29 KOs) faces Tervel Pulev (16-0, 13 KOs) on May 14. This will be the cruiserweight debut for the Russian, who currently liv


Sergey Kovalev (34-4, 29 KOs) faces Tervel Pulev (16-0, 13 KOs) on May 14. This will be the cruiserweight debut for the Russian, who currently lives in Long Beach, California.

Kovalev’s trainer is Buddy McGirt, while Teddy Cruz is in charge of his physical preparation. These are the two names that revolutionized Arturo Gatti. Whether they make the most of “The Krusher’s” potential remains to be seen.

“Buddy was a great professional and a really smart trainer. It is not necessary that a good boxer is always a good trainer or a good friend. However, Buddy fulfills both requirements, that is, a good trainer and a good fighter,” Kovalev said.

He does whatever is required for me to prepare for a particular fight. It gives me strength, technique and energy. We are a unit that is working towards another major world title. This time, it’s the cruiserweight division and a potential fourth title,” Kovalev added.

During the eight-week training camp, the Russian lives in a hotel next to the park, where he runs and trains in the gym. which is about 20 minutes from Van Nuys.