Sergey Kovalev Believes He Makes The Cruiserweight Division Exciting Again


Sergey Kovalev is excited to make the move to the cruiserweight division as he believes he makes the division exciting again.

Kovalev, the former two-time light heavyweight champion will be making his cruiserweight debut on May 14 when he takes on Tervel Pulev at a Triller event. The 39-year-old believes he adds much-needed star power to the cruiserweight division who hasn’t had a legit star since Oleksandr Usyk was the champion but he vacated the belt in 2018 and moved up to heavyweight.

Not only does Kovalev believe his name value will add to the division, but he also believes his skill will translate well to the division.

β€œMy name and my boxing skills will give more interest to the cruiserweight division,” Kovalev told in an interview. β€œI’m back, and not just to make a couple of dollars. I want to be the champion of the world again. This very much motivates me. When I want something, I will get it.” 

Sergey Kovalev has not fought since November of 2019 when he suffered a KO loss to Canelo Alvarez. Given he has had some time off, he believes he has gotten better and still feels young and fresh and says he is willing to fight for a few more years to win a cruiserweight world title.

β€œIt depends how many times I need to get a world title. Two, three years. I’m ready,” he said.

Of course, part of the reason why he had over two years off is due to the pandemic and a failed drug test. Now that, that is all behind him, he is ready to return and remind the world just how good he is.

β€œI had two years of rest. I’m fresh. I need to lose a few pounds to get into fighting shape,” said Kovalev. β€œThe last two years in my boxing career in the light heavyweight division were terrible. I fought like how I could. But I know I could fight better without dropping the weight.”

How do you think Sergey Kovalev will fare at cruiserweight?