|Written by master-saita|
|Friday, 26 April 2013 01:13|
Sergey Kovalev was born on April 2nd, 1983 in the town Kopeysk, Chelyabinsk Oblast. When he was 11, he started boxing seriously under the supervision of the trainer Sergey V. Novikov. The gym was situated right behind the school, so the boy decided to join it on his schoolmate’s advice. Sergey made his debut in 1997 on the Russian Boxing Junior Championship and immediately got the gold medal in the middleweight juniors division. One year later he already competed among seniors and reached the final, and a year after that he won the final fight, besides, in junior Team Russia he competed in the European Championships. During the 2000-2001 period Sergey reached the final in Russian junior championships twice, and once he came through to the final in the All-Russia top-rank junior boxers competition. He finished performing in junior class in Olympic Hopes winter championships, where he competed with 19-20 years old boxers and reached the final twice – in 2002 and 2003.
In 2004 Kovalev at the first time took part in Russian Senior Championship and in his first season reached the final and also won the golden medal in the team event. The next year was the most successful in his career as an amateur boxer; he received two titles: the first one as the champion of Russia and the second as the champion among servicemen. In the championship among servicemen in 2006 he won the silver, and a year later he was the bronze winner in the Russian Championship and gold winner in the World Military Games in India. Then in 2008 Kovalev the last time took part in national competitions and again he came through to the final; after that he decided to switch to the prize-fighting. As he once admitted, he had to leave the national team because of the extremely high competition between him and more successful boxers Matvey Korobov and Artur Beterberiev. All in all, as an amateur boxer he fought 215 battles, 193 of which he won.
Sergey Kovalev started a career of a professional boxer in 2009 in the USA, and his first 9 fights he finished with knock-outs in the first or second rounds. His first really serious fight was in October 2010 with an American Darnell Boone, when he had to fight all 8 rounds and won with great difficulty; his victory was decided by a split decision of judges. “Boone appeared to be not an easy opponent to fight at all. I must admit, I wrongly dismissed my opponent. Now I gained a great experience, and will change my approach to the next fights”, said Kovalev.
Kovalev finished with knockouts a few more fights, and in July 2011 in a 10-round fight with Douglas Otieno from Kenya he won his first NABA belt. The next fight with Grover Young however was not successful enough, so in the second round Kovalev threw a left hook at his rival’s head, but the judges suggested that a blow in the back of the head – an unintentional infringement. And as the American boxer could not continue the fight, it was finished with a technical draw. In December Kovalev visited Ekaterinburg, where he knocked out Roman Simakov and thus won the Champion of Asia belt by the WBC, but that event was darkened by Simakov’s coma. “Today my wife Natalya and me have visited church, lit candles and asked the priest to pray for Roman’s health. I offer my sincere apologies to his relatives, I didn’t mean what I’d done to him”, said Kovalev. Three days later Simakov died in the hospital without regaining consciousness. Kovalev was very sorry for what had happened and promised to devote his next fight to the deceased compatriot and to give the entire fee from that match to the Simakov’s relatives.