When Sergey Kovalev lost his Light Heavyweight titles to Andre Ward last Fall, it has seemingly sent him into a furious spiral where he has been barely able to contain himself, and the hatred and ugliness churning inside him is quickly finding its way out.
Kovalev has been adamant of being jobbed by the American judges at ringside despite the fact that he’s fought almost his entire career in the US and grew increasingly impatient that their contractually obligated rematch was stuck in the mud as Roc Nation Sports (who promotes Ward) and Main Events tried to hash out details before announcing the fight scheduled for June 17.
Frustrated as he is, Kovalev has more often referred to Ward as “Motherfucker” than anything else and last week, decided to take it a step further by referring to Ward as a “hoe ass nigga” and “faggot” in a since deleted meme which you can see here courtesy of BlackSportsOnline’s Jeandra LeBeauf.
This is the latest of an unfortunate series of incidents where Kovalev has painted himself in a negative light, and it can only be a mistake so many times.
Dating back to 2014, Kovalev has made several demeaning comments towards African Americans when he called conquered foe Ismayel Sillakh a “negro,” said that Clarissa Shields should stay at home despite being a Gold Medal Olympian and likening rival Adonis Stevenson to a monkey.
Kovalev may not be fluent in English, but the man doesn’t commute from Russia and the last time I checked, neither does Kathy Duva and Main Events. So besides the obvious that Kovalev has all but established himself a racist, why the outburst now?
When he seems to be his most perturbed, Kovalev does seem to go off the rails a little bit to cause a PR nightmare that, until now, could be dismissed as not understanding the language. The Stevenson comment came due to numerous negotiations failing and Ward took not only his undefeated record, but his titles and maybe a bit of his confidence as well.
There’s no gamesmanship here. It is as blatant and xenophobic as Manny Pacquiao’s continually offensive remarks towards homosexuals, which didn’t fly under the radar at all and caused a huge uproar. As the Kovalev situation gets swept under the rug again, who knows if that’s any guarantee that we won’t see it again in the days leading to the rematch with Ward.