There was an unintentionally funny moment after Sergey Kovalev’s fight with Jean Pascal. After beating Pascal and retaining his IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight championship belts, he had some words for WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who Kovalev feels has been avoiding to fight him and unify all four belts.
After being asked by Max Kellerman if there was anyone Kovalev wanted to face. Kovalev went straight for Stevenson. After stating he wanted to unify all four belts, he said that he wanted to fight “Adonis Chickenson.” Afterwards, trying to perpetuate that Stevenson is chicken and won’t fight him, Kovalev quacks at him. Yes, he quacks like a chicken (???).
First, how Kellerman kept a straight face after Kovalev “quacked like a chicken” is beyond me. Second, has Sergey Kovalev ever even seen a chicken? Is he a long lost member of the Bluth family?
Maybe if Kovalev claimed that Stevenson was ducking him, the quacking would make a little more sense, albeit no less comical. Anyway, Stevenson was at the fight ringside and was in the ring as all this was going on. He immediately took the mic and shouted “I’m the champ, I’m the real champ!”
At that point, Kellerman has just about broken and tried to gain some semblance of control in the ring. Except for a little bit of pushing (that didn’t involve the two fighters) as well as a middle finger from Kovalev, nothing much happened. But for a sport that’s struggling to gain attention, a bizarre chicken/duck impression sure will get people talking.