No man is perfect, therefore every man is beatable, but on August 2nd at the Revel Resort in Atlantic city, New Jersey, unbeaten southpaw, Blake Caparello, faces an extremely difficult and daunting assignment. The 27-year-old challenger from down under challenges WBO light heavyweight belt-holder, Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev – a one man wrecking machine who has demolished all comers. The Russian powerhouse is regarded by many in the boxing vicinity as the best fighter in the light heavyweight division today and many simply believe that Caparello is out of his depth; another victim who will disposed of with relative ease.
When you dissect Caparello’s record (19-0-1, 6 KO’s), you will come to the conclusion that he is no puncher with just six knockouts to his name. However, the Australian believes that people should not judge his power by those stats because he feels that he has the power to stop and really hurt his opponents.
Caparello defeated Allan Green (who has mixed it with the likes of Andre Ward, Glen Johnson and Mikkel Kessler), over 12 rounds back in October last year. He then ventured outside of his native Australia for the first time in his career in January, defeating Kosovan, Elvir Muriqi, on points over 10 rounds, but when Caparello steps in to the ring on August 2nd he faces a man who’s sole purpose as a fighter is to seek and destroy anyone who dares challenge him.
Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s), has won his last eight contests inside the distance in dominating fashion. His most notable victory came against Welshman, Nathan Cleverly, in August 2013. Cleverly was defending the WBO crown, but Kovalev, 31, tore up the script on the night. His persistence and hammer blows were too much for ‘Clev’ to handle. The Russian demonstrated that it would take something extraordinary to deter him and with that win announced himself on the world stage. Kovalev has gone on to defend the WBO title twice, beating Ukrainian, Ismayl Sillah, in two rounds in November and American, Cedric Agnew, in 7 rounds in March.
So what will it take from Caparello to defeat Kovalev? You would think that he would need to demonstrate many things inside the ring to win. The Russian has shown that he can take a shot in order to land one or several of his own and he can figure out what it is his opponent is trying to do, so Caparello needs to stick to a game plan and remain focused throughout the contest. He stands a chance of winning if he fights his type of fight. The Australian could well offset Kovalev’s rhythm with timing and movement and this could lead to the Russian becoming frustrated. Caparello will also have to try his best to not take too many solid shots to head and body.
There is a chance that Kovalev may have a bad night at the office and this could lead to him not having things go his way.
There is no doubt about it, though, Blake Caparello has one hell of a fight on his hands keeping Sergey Kovalev at bay. The Russian is a force of destruction, hell-bent on inflicting some serious damage upon the Australian.
May the best man win!