Light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KO's) takes on Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KO's) on July 25th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Kovalev took some questions from the media yesterday ranging from topics of Pascal, Stevenson, and more:
On coming off big fights against Pascal and Hopkins but now facing a lesser known fighter:
"For me, any fight means a lot because it is the next step. Who I am and how I do my job means a lot. He is the #1 IBF contender. He deserves this fight. I very excited that I have three titles and I have the opportunity to defend it against Mohammedi. He deserves this fight. He is #1. He is very motivated. When a boxer is motivated or any man is motivated it makes him very dangerous."
On his last fight against Pascal:
"I had some problems in my training camp for Pascal. I made some mistakes. I started to make my weight very late. I was very happy after Hopkins fight. It was a lot of things. I celebrated New Year and Christmas in Russia. Christmas is biggest holiday in Russia. I got a lot of overfull. It made for me big trouble to make the weight for the fight. I didn't have a good sparring partner for the fight. It was a lot of things. Right now everything is clean and going very well."
On the possibility of a Pascal Rematch:
"I don't want to speak about Pascal because he does not deserve to get attention. He lost my respect for him even before the fight. I cannot respect even his team. He is piece of shit. Same as Stevenson. I think all fighters make terrible fighters in Canada. I don't respect and I want to kick his ass again and much, much bigger this time. If it will happen rematch, he will sleep in four rounds because he is a piece of shit."
On the added pressure of headlining a fight in Las Vegas:
"No for me it doesn't matter where I am fighting. I don't have any problems. I feel very comfortable and happy that my fight is in Las Vegas. I wait a long time for my fight. I wanted LA or Las Vegas and it will happen July 25. I am very happy and excited because I wanted to give to my fans who long time waited to watch my fight live and now it will happen. Las Vegas is biggest place for the fight and Las Vegas is terrific place a lot of people from everywhere come to Las Vegas to get more fun. July 25 they will be very happy and very fun day."
On Nadjib working with Abel Sanchez, Kovalev's former trainer:
"Who is this Abel? I don't know any Abel."
On Adonis Stevenson:
"He is a piece of shit."
On where he stands among all current boxers:
"I don't think about this at all. I don't care where I am. It is most important what I have, not where I am."
On his opponent, Nadjib Mohammedi:
"I can say that I will kick his ass."