Jackson: Stevenson or not, Kovalev won’t move to cruiserweight
Sergey Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson has informed WBN that the Russian won’t be moving up in weight even if a fight with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson fails to materialize.
Jackson has been influential in Kovalev stamping his mark of the 175lb division and claiming three title belts in the process, but says the light heavyweight division is currently the place to be and his charge will avoid making the 25lb jump anytime soon.
“As far as Stevenson is concerned once and after Sergey satisfies his IBF mandatory against Nadjib Mohammedi, then the stage would and should be set for their unification bout,” Jackson exclusively told World Boxing News.
“In this day and age one never knows and maybe Stevenson and his team have other plans. We want the fight though and should Sergey be victorious, he will stay at 175lbs.
“There are plenty guys at 175 and a couple of guys at 168lb that will hopefully move up soon and make the division even more exciting,” he added.
Kovalev, 32, impressed with his victory over Jean Pascal lately in becoming the first to stop the former world champion, whilst Stevenson overcame Sakio Bika in Quebec last weekend. The WBC have already stipulated that the clash has to happen in 2015, although there are obviously no guarantees as a fight between the pair fell through previously last year.
Fight fans have been pulling for pound for pound stars Kovalev and Stevenson to agree what would be a massive four-belt unification contest and finally decide the number one light heavyweight in world on the back of some hot debate.