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Kovalev looks to re-establish himself as light heavyweight

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NEW YORK (AP) They call Sergey Kovalev "Krusher." His opponent Saturday night, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, also is a big-time puncher.

So not many people expect the 12-round WBO light heavyweight title fight to go the distance at Madison Square Garden.

Those observers can't be sure, though, what they will get from Kovalev. He lost his last two fights to the now-retired Andre Ward, one my unanimous decision, the other being stopped in the eighth round. They were the first defeats of the 34-year-old Russian's career. Ward was the "krusher" then.


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