P4P countdown: No 10: Sergey Kovalev
Luke G. Williams
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came tenth...
Name: Sergey Kovalev
BM online P4P ranking: 10th (down 7 places on last December)
Fight record: 30(26)-2-1
Report card: Kovalev's reputation has clearly suffered with our panel since his rematch with Andre Ward. Although many believe referee Tony Weeks handled the contest poorly, the way in which Kovalev seemed to mentally disintegrate throughout the bout has raised many questions about the Russian. After this pair of losses to Ward, albeit controversial ones, where Kovalev goes next will be fascinating to see.
Prospects for the rest of 2017: A third contest against Ward seems unlikely, as does a showdown with WBC champ Adonis Stevenson. If Kovalev wants to reassert his authority perhaps he needs to look towards the winner of the upcoming Sullivan Barrera vs Joe Smith Jr bout. A change in trainer may also be needed, as he does not seem to be gelling right now with John David Jackson.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 15 - Only four of our panel rated Kovalev in their top tens - a big decline from his third-place standing last December.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Martin Chesnutt.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.