The State of Kovalev: on the decline?

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Is Kovalev on the Decline?

  1. Yes

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  2. NO

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  3. Same as he ever was.

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  1. thegoose86

    thegoose86 Member Full Member

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    giving the Kovalev lost his power thread that got a lot of attention... I'll make a more legit one that will have people just as annoyed. But, Has Kovalev Lost a step or two since his last two fights. so here it goes.

    **EDIT** for confusion this is not about his power it's about overall. I feel power is usually last to go.
     
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  2. Heavy_Hitter

    Heavy_Hitter Active Member Full Member

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    GK BOX Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I’d say he’s 20
    Percent declined
    Still elite at 175
    He proved many of us wrong with Alvarez
     
  4. Jackomano

    Jackomano Boxing Addict Full Member

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    What a way to exaggerate. Kovalev’s athleticism isn’t quite the same due to age, but he clearly still has a lot of power. Alvarez just happens to have a good chin. If Kovalev lost his power Alvarez would’ve been walking right through his punches, which Alvarez didn’t dare to do in either fight.
     
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  5. Reppin501

    Reppin501 The People's Champ Full Member

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    He was timid and afraid of getting hit by a guy that isn't a notable puncher. His chin isn't coming back...and when you are a stylistic bully, this is a big problem. Lets be honest...Alvarez fought a terrible fight. I don't mean this as a slight to SK, it's just the reality of the situation, in my humble opinion.
     
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  6. thegoose86

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    Kovalev picked to box instead why alvarez looked for a one punch knockout...let the knockout come..
     
  7. Reppin501

    Reppin501 The People's Champ Full Member

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    The way Kovalev reacted to Alvarez's few punches told me all I needed to know. I'm not trying to sell you or anybody else, but I know what I saw...again I'm not rooting against the guy and I have no ill will toward him. There is an early stoppage in his future...in my humble opinion.
     
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  8. Holler

    Holler Doesn't appear to be a paid matchroom PR shill Full Member

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    I thought he was Russian, quite impressed he has his own country, even I feel it isn't enjoying the best of times.
     
  9. thegoose86

    thegoose86 Member Full Member

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    he didn't take jabs well and he didn't take body shots well but Alvarez trainer kept saying go to the head with power shots horrible idea..
     
  10. panchman69

    panchman69 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Physicall yes, but hes still sharp, agile, and powerful. If he ca. Learn how to box smart then hes gonna be tough to beat.
     
  11. Dangerwood84

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    Lost by ko then fight the same dude and win an almost shut out points victory? You might want to look up the word 'decline' in a dictionary!
     
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  12. Dario Argento

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    It got annexed by Russia
     
  13. pistal47

    pistal47 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    IMO, quite clearly/noticeably and starting to even become significantly.

    1. Punch resistance, reflexes, hand and foot speed are all among the first athletic traits a fighter begins to lose.

    2. Stamina is among the next things fighters generally lose because of their advancement in age their bodies dont produce the same amount of testosterone they used to, so they cant work out anywhere near as hard or long and can't jam as much into a training camp.

    3. Some of their skills see a sudden drop off because they cant train enough and long enough to keep them sharp so they atrophy, and also compounding this is #2 on the list, when a fighter is gassed that draws a lot of attention away from other aspects of their performance while in a fight.
     
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  14. pistal47

    pistal47 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I think we have seen a clear and closing in on significant decline in all 3 of the points I listed above. Without question, he is on the decline. When he said overtraining was the reason in his opinion of why he lost to Alvarez and Ward, I thought it was arrogant excuse making. Put into perpective now, I actually believe it now.

    Let me also say though that I think he has contributed a fair bit to the progression of his decline due to some of his unhealthy choices outside of boxing like drinking -- especially blackout drunk drinking WHILE IN CAMP. That's crazy.
     
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  15. Mr Icaman

    Mr Icaman Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Of course he is 35...
     
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