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The Stevenson Lawsuit and Kovalev vs. Hopkins

by David P. Greisman

The basis for Main Events’ lawsuit against light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson was that it had a valid agreement for its 175-pound titleholder, Sergey Kovalev, to face Stevenson later in 2014.

That lawsuit was filed earlier this year. Kovalev and Bernard Hopkins have recently signed to face each other — leaving Stevenson without an anticipated bout with Hopkins and without Kovalev as well. Would it be possible for Stevenson to attempt to stop Kovalev-Hopkins by claiming he has, well, an agreement to face Kovalev?

“No,” said Pat English, attorney for Main Events. “Because he breached the contract.

“We didn’t seek specific performance. We sought damages,” English said. “Once a contract is breached, you can seek damages. He can’t come now back and say, ‘We’ve got a contract.’ ”

The alleged breach of contract came when Stevenson informed HBO executives in late March that he would not be fighting Andrzej Fonfara and then Kovalev on the network, according to English and Kathy Duva of Main Events.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported last week that “a byproduct of the Main Events/Golden Boy Promotions deal will be that Main Events will drop Golden Boy Promotions from the lawsuit it has filed against Stevenson.”

Golden Boy wasn’t the only defendant in the lawsuit, though. Following Kovalev’s win over Blake Caparello on Saturday, Duva was asked by a reporter whether the litigation would be withdrawn.

“We’ll talk about that with the lawyers on Monday,” she said. “We have to decide. We’ll see.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by paulf on 08-04-2014

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;14822014]Bradley had no guarantee Pacquiao would fight him.[/QUOTE] Bradley left Shaw and signed with Arum with the explicit understanding of being used as an upcoming Pacquiao opponent. Everyone, NSB included, knew that was what was going on when it was…

Comment by DamonJJ on 08-04-2014

[QUOTE=La_Vibora;14821932]LOL, Khan fans are starting to become almost as delusional as Khan himself. Only in Khan's world would turning down a fight with an overrated chinless fighter to fight Manny Pacquiao would be considered a duck.[/QUOTE] I remember it quite…

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 08-03-2014

Wonder if Stevenson will attend the Hopkins-Kovalev fight?

Comment by artfuL_ on 08-03-2014

[QUOTE=King-;14821992][url]http://www.boxingscene.com/hopkins-explains-checkmate-on-stevenson-kovalev-deal--80628[/url][/QUOTE] Thanks for the link King, didn't see it on the main page :) [QUOTE=willieb24;14822411]I believe that this situation is not Stevenson's fault, [B]not even Al Haymon's[/B]. This is on Yvon Michel, he screws his fighters over. Look at what…

Comment by willieb24 on 08-03-2014

I believe that this situation is not Stevenson's fault, not even Al Haymon's. This is on Yvon Michel, he screws his fighters over. Look at what he's done to Jean Pascal. No meaningful fights. Thats why he left Michel. Stevenson…

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