Hard-punching African cruiserweights Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu and Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola will clash on Jan. 24 in Atlancit City.
WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev could return to the ring in Moscow as early as March, accordingto his manager, Egis Klimas. Kovalev says he wants to fight RING champ Adonis Stevenson in 2014.
IBF light heavyweight beltholder Bernard Hopkins says he hopes to unify the all of the major titles in the 175-pound divison prior to his 50th birthday.
Fight fans share their thoughts on Adonis Stevenson’s and Sergey Kovalev’s crushing Saturday victories and a potential showdown between the light heavyweight punchers, as well as dream ‘Super Six’ tournaments, James Kirkland-Glen Tapia, and more in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
Following Adonis Stevenson’s sixth-round stoppage of Tony Bellew and Sergey Kovalev’s brutal second-round KO of Ismayl Sillakh, the most anticipated light heavyweight matchup in many years is a showdown between the power-punching titleholders. However, the fight might not happen in 2014.
Ismayl Sillakh, once one of the brightest prospects in boxing, challenges Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title tonight on HBO. Sillakh believes his upset loss to Denis Grachev last year is squarely behind him.
RING/WBC light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson weighed 174.4 pounds at today’s weigh-in for his WBC mandatory title defense on Saturday against Tony Bellew, who tipped the scales at 175. The fighters engaged in an intense staredown that ended with a head-butt exchange and shoving.
Light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson on Saturday’s mandatory challenger Tony Bellew: “You can be sure that I am going to knock Bellew out. I think that the fight is going to go about four or five rounds and then I’m going to knock him out.”
Super middleweight champ Andre Ward said that Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson are being made out to be “The Boogey Men of their divisions.”
Unbeaten light heavyweight beltholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev spoke to RingTV’s Bill Emes after receiving his WBO belt and championship ring in New York City. Kovalev talked about his title-winning victory over Nathan Cleverly, his Nov. 30 HBO date vs. Ismayl Sillakh, and a future showdown with RING champ Adonis Stevenson.
Hard-hitting light heavyweights Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev will face separate opponents on Nov. 30 in Canada, and Kovalev’s promoter sees them facing each other down the road.