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Kovalev needs only two rounds to destroy Sillakh

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Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) lived up to his nickname by knocking out Ismayl Sillakh (21-2, 17 KOs) in round two at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Canada.

The bout was telecast live HBO Boxing After Dark.

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Kovalev, 30, was making the first defense of his WBO light heavyweight that he captured from Nathan Cleverly last August.

The bout started at a measured pace. Sillakh used his legs and jabbed. Kovalev tried to time his quicker opponent. A couple of long right hands grazed the chin of Sillakh.

The round was competitive and might have given Sillakh a false sense of security.

In rounds two, Kovalev, who had been talking to Sillakh in Russian during the opening stanza, upped the pressure just a bit. As Sillakh looked to counter, Kovalev fired a straight right hand that floored Sillakh. The challenger managed to get up, but was obviously hurt.

Kovalev jumped on his woozy opponent and connected with a combination. Sillakh crumpled to the canvas and didn’t move.

The time was 52 seconds of round two.

“It’s a result of my hard work in the gym,” Kovalev said in the ring after his destructive performance. “I was telling him I would knock him out. I was thinking about my family and everything I’m working for.”

Kovalev also expressed interest in fighting WBC light heavyweight titleholder Adonis Stevenson.

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