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Does Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev get nervous?

Larry King NowNov 02 '16

Light heavyweight world champion boxer Sergey Kovalev opens up to Larry about his fight day preparations, and weighs in on whether or not he actually gets nervous before entering the ring.

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Larry King: What goes through your mind the day of the fight?

Sergey Kovalev: Even a day?

Larry King: That day.

Sergey Kovalev: That I must kick his ass, you know?

Larry King: What do you eat?

Sergey Kovalev: I eat what can give me energy, you know? And what can make me happy.

Larry King: Do you eat steak?

Sergey Kovalev: Yeah, steak or chicken, you know. Not any sweets, you know, because like dessert’s after. You should deserve desserts.

Larry King: Are you nervous before a fight?

Sergey Kovalev: Of course. Because I am still alive and for every fight I notice like- it’s not scared. Right now I already have a lot of experience you know? With a- I have control of scare. And this scare makes just nervousness, sports nervous. Need to not worry early, start to think about fight because it can eat your energy.

Larry King: Ali told me once, Muhammad, he told me, ‘every fight’s scared because the other guy’s trying to kill him. Who wouldn’t be afraid?

Sergey Kovalev: Yeah, you’re right.

Larry King: All right, do you tune the crowd out? Do you hear the crowd?

Sergey Kovalev: No, only close people, you know? Who I know. And in the hard moment, in the fight when not enough something, you hearing exactly what you need, you know? But not all this crowd.

Larry King: I see. You hear your trainer?

Sergey Kovalev: Trainer, or uh, some close people you know, who knows me. Who knows me since youngest ages.

Larry King: They’re there in your corner?

Sergey Kovalev: Because a lot of my friends will come again for the fight you know? They close to the ring. Seats like second, third seats. And they can sometimes say what I need, exactly.

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