Unbeaten Kovalev defends crown against Pascal

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MONTREAL: Russia’s undefeated Sergey Kovalev risks three world light-heavyweight crowns on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) against Haitian-born Canadian Jean Pascal in a rematch of a bout Kovalev won last year with an eighth-round stoppage. Kovalev, 28-0 with one drawn and 25 knockouts, has won 12 fights in a row over the past four years and all but one of those ended early. Only Bernard Hopkins, the oldest champion in boxing history, took Kovalev the distance before losing a unification showdown by unanimous decision 14 months ago. That sets up Kovalev to defend his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization titles against Pascal, 30-3 with one drawn and 17 knockouts.

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