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Sergey Kovalev says all his problems have been self-inflicted

The former champion reflects on making changes in his life while looking forward to competing for another world title.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Sergey Kovalev is set to fight for the vacant WBO light heavyweight title next weekend against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, and in the lead-up to the fight Kovalev talks to FightHub about what what has gone wrong for him lately...

Kovalev on what was going through his mind after losing the second Ward fight:

“You know, my mind was busy with a lot of trash of everything that happened with me, you know, like since [Isaac] Chilemba fight, because all my problems started with Chilemba fight...

“I just understand that all my problems came from myself. You know, what I did, what I didn’t, and like, just now, cleaning up everything from my mind, from my life, and right now here for a new chapter in my boxing career.”

On changing trainers:

“...I’m very happy that I got a coach — real coach. I’m very happy that I got a real coach. Right now all my training under his control and I believe in this guy hundred percent, and we understand each other because we [speak the same language]. And even [though he’s from] Uzbekistan — I’m Russian, you know — but we’re from USSR together. We was born in USSR and we understand each other on the Russian language...

“He’s given me right job, right work, what I should to do, what I shouldn’t to do, you know, and my body understand this — understand these workouts and my mind understand and I agree what he gives me and I’m feeling good and I will show to boxing fans my boxing, November 25, the best how I can.”

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