WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev realizes life – and his career – goes on but laments the lost opportunity to test the resolve of RING/WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, whose contractual obligations now seemingly make a tentative fight more and more distant.
The promoters of WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev and Andrzej Fonfara have begun talks for a potential bout in October or November, if, as Main Events CEO Kathy Duva put it, RING/WBC champ Adonis Stevenson “doesn’t man up and fight Sergey in the fall.”
After Adonis Stevenson’s hard-fought win over Andrzej Fonfara last weekend, Fonfara’s promoter says both men would come out on top against the light heavyweight division’s wrecking ball, Sergey Kovalev.
Fans share their thoughts on Adonis Stevenson’s tougher-than-expected fight with Andrzej Fonfara, THE RING light heavyweight champ’s potential showdowns with Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, plus David Lemieux and Jermell Charlo in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
RING/WBC light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson had to rely more on his boxing skills and heart than his vaunted power to outpoint Andrzej Fonara during their Showtime-televised fight due to the uncommon grit and durability displayed by the challenger.
Much to the dismay of light heavyweight contender Anatoliy Dudchenko, the IBF has dictated that Bernard Hopkins can prioritize a title unification bout with RING/WBC champion Adonis Stevenson.
After his textbook victory over Beibut Shumenov on Saturday night, IBF/WBA light heavyweight titlist Bernard Hopkins is ready for more legacy-defining challenges.
Kathy Duva praised the fighters and her Main Events staff for making the April 4 NBC Sports Net “Fight Night” one to remember. Duva also provides an update on the Sergey Kovalev-Adonis Stevenson situation.
Yvon Michel said Adonis Stevenson never agreed to terms for a Andrzej Fonfara fight or a showdown with Sergey Kovalev to be televised on HBO. Stevenson’s promoter claims HBO wanted them to commit to a multi-fight deal and options beyond a Kovalev rematch.
WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev’s seventh-round knockout of Cedric Agnew on Saturday on HBO drew 1,006,000 viewers, representing the third highest boxing rating on cable television this year, according to Nielsen Media research.
The last two weeks have been relatively quiet in terms of action involving RING-rated fighters. However, some of the magazine’s top-10 contenders were in action, such as heavyweight Odlanier Solis, who lost to Tony Thompson and was dropped from the rankings.
Sergey Kovalev’s handlers are insisting that a deal is in place for the WBO light heavyweight titleholder to fight RING and WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in September on HBO should Stevenson get beyond a May 24 defense against Andrzej Fonfara on Showtime.
Could HBO have shown RING and WBC 175-pound champion Adonis Stevenson the money to face WBO counterpart Sergey Kovalev? Apparently, that point is moot now that “Superman” has signed with Al Haymon and Showtime.
Sergey Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva spoke to the media about the WBO 175-pound titleholder’s KO of Cedric Agnew, his future plans, possible legal action against Adonis Stevenson’s promoter, and her other KO artist, middleweight contender Curtis Stevens.
RING light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson wasn’t impressed by what he saw in Sergey Kovalev’s win over Cedric Agnew on Saturday night, calling the undefeated WBO titleholder “just an average fighter.”