Sergey Kovalev blew through previously undefeated challenger Blake Caparello on Saturday night at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, stopping him in the second round and setting up a fall unification showdown with the ageless Bernard Hopkins.
Kovalev (25-0, 23 KO) was dropped by the light-hitting Caparello in the first round—the combination of a low blow and his opponent stepping on his foot—but he wasn’t hurt and quickly zeroed in his attack.
The Krusher was dominant in Round 2, dropping Caparello with a vicious straight right hand to the body and finishing him with two more knockdowns just seconds later.
Kovalev will meet Hopkins this fall in a unification fight that will be televised by HBO. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the two men inked contracts for the bout on Friday afternoon with the condition that Kovalev had to leave Atlantic City with his belt on Saturday night.
With that condition now satisfied, the two men will meet this November with three-fourths of the light heavyweight crown hanging in the balance.