By Rich Cheney: Former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Kruser” Kovalev (30-2, 26 KOs) dumped trainer John David Jackson recently following his defeat to Andre “SOG” Ward in their rematch on June 17.
Jackson would later say that Kovalev quit in that fight after he started getting hit to the body.
Kovalev is currently looking for a replacement trainer to take over as his lead guy. Kovalev, 34, is trying to get back to the winning ways after 2 consecutive defeats at the hands of Ward.
“The coach should help you in the ring. I didn’t feel that with Jackson,” said Kovalev to fightnews.com.
It was probably time for Kovalev to change out Jackson, as he’d lost his last 2 fights and clearly, he needs a new guy in his corner to turn his career around. If Kovalev had stayed with Jackson, it’s possible that he’d never have fixed the problems in his game that led to him losing the fights against Ward.
Kovalev is going to have a hard time getting back on top of the light heavyweight division. He’s almost 35, and his stamina seems to have really abandoned him in his last 2 fights. He’s not getting any younger, and the other fighter sin the 175-lb. division now know that he can’t handle taking body shots. From this point forward, everyone Kovalev faces will attack his body. Until Kovalev proves he can take a body attack, he can expect his opponents to attack him there.