Sergey Kovalev lived up to his name and "Krushed" Gabriel Campillo on Saturday night at the Mohegan on NBC Sports Fight Night, improving to 20-0-1 with 18 knockout victories, and instantly placing himself in title contention.
In the co-feature of the evening, Stevens (23-3, 17 KOs) made an emphatic statement, stopping Elvin Ayala 1 minute, 10 seconds into the opening round of a scheduled 10-round bout to claim the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight title.
The event, co-promoted by Main Events and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, aired live on the NBC Sports Network.
Credit: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Kovalev was simply too physically strong, and was able to impose his will on Campillo. Campillo, of course, was robbed against Tavoris Cloud last year, and was hoping to make another run at a title. It looks like that's out of the question at least for the time being, and he'll be in need of some major rebuilding.
But as ...