Kovalev halts overmatched Mohammedi in three
WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) demolished overmatched challenger Nadjib Mohammedi (37-4, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas.
The Russian dropped Mohammedi in the second round before finishing him off in the third round of a one-sided encounter.
Kovalev was landing hard shots from the opening bell and soon had the Frenchman in all kinds of trouble during the second round.
The champion sent his opponent to the canvas with a series of right hands and continued to punish Mohammedi, who hardly landed a punch and was only ever in survival mode.
Mohanmedi's left eye was marked up and he was taking punches with little defence to block them. In the third, Kovalev ended the mismatch, dropping Mohammedi with a right-left combination and although Mohammedi beat the count for the second time, referee Kenny Bayless waved off the fight at 2:38 of the round and saved him from further punishment.
Kovalev is expected to be back in action in November in a homecoming fight in Moscow.
Also on the card, former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) won a controversial decision against previously unbeaten Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs).
It was a good action-packed fight with both fighters landing some big shots.
Gonzalez, a native of Cuba, now living in Miami, went on the attack from the start and outworked Pascal, a native of Haiti, now living in Quebec, in most of the rounds. But all three judges scores were 96-94 for Pascal, who was stopped in the eighth round by Kovalev in March and could now get a rematch.