Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Duva on Why Chilemba Isn’t Facing Kovalev This Saturday

by David P. Greisman

Light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev isn’t the only 175-pounder signed with promoter Main Events and fighting this Saturday at the Revel Atlantic City resort and casino in New Jersey.

Isaac Chilemba, who is 22-2-2 with 9 KOs and coming off a March decision win over Denis Grachev, will face Cory Cummings on the undercard. Cummings is 17-6-1 with 13 KOs.

One reason why Kovalev is facing Blake Caparello instead of Chilemba is because this Saturday’s HBO broadcast is one that wasn’t initially planned for, according to Kathy Duva of Main Events. The hope had been that Kovalev’s March win over Cedric Agnew would then lead into a fall fight with light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson.

“This was a summer fight that was added to the schedule; it hadn’t been anticipated,” Duva said. “Sometimes you have to work within the budget you have, and we spoke to Isaac’s people and I told them, ‘I can’t pay you enough to make this fight worthwhile. They wanted to take it. And I said, ‘No, no, you’re going to be able to make more money if you’ll just be a little more patient.’

“Our job is to make the best fights. Our job is also to represent our fighters. And I have to give the best advice to each fighter based on the situation they’re in. We are looking down the road, and I would say by early next year we’re going to have Isaac in a position with a couple of different options. And he’ll be in a position where I think he can better enhance his career by following a slightly different plan.”

Duva declined to delve deeper into that.

“We’re just going to keep that to ourselves for the time being,” she said.

Pick up a copy of David’s book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide. Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 07-29-2014

Who would he even fight though? That Grachev fight was a good one... but don't know who else she could be eyeing.... see if she can get E-Rod. Chilemba gets a name and HBO gets rid of E-Rod's last HBO…

Comment by Dr Kewl Hair on 07-29-2014

Good on Duva for looking out for her other lesser-known fighters interests

Comment by richardt on 07-29-2014

Chilemba offers nothing as far as ever being elite and somewhat used up and a light puncher.

Comment by nycsmooth on 07-29-2014

this another of the AC hotels, new, like around 2 years, & read on the verge of closing...some1 needs to make Hopkins fight him or take the belt from him...

Comment by King_ on 07-29-2014

Inb4 Kovalev is ducking Chilemba (Ignoring the fact he's been chasing Stevenson and Hopkins for the past 365 days)

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Brace Yourself for the Real Possibility of Canelo-Lemieux in September Juan Manuel Marquez Could Name Date, Opponent Next Week Vasyl Lomachenko is Not Taking Jason Sosa Lightly Guillermo Rigondeaux's Adviser Explains Current Career Status Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategui in Play For May 20 Loeffler Confirms Golovkin-Jacobs Did About 170K PPV Buys Photos: Nico Hernandez vs. Patrick Gutierrez - Official Weigh-In De La Hoya: Golovkin a Big Star? Why Does He Sell 100-200K on PPV? Photos: Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Francisco Contreras - Official Weigh-In Christopher Martin Shocks Daniel Franco, TKO in Three Josh Taylor Overcomes Cut, Stops Warren Joubert In Six Photos: Jorge Paez Jr. vs. Daniel Sandoval - Official Weigh-In Mikey Garcia Will Go To 140 in 2018, Unless Lomachenko Comes Conrad Cummings Stops Gogi Knezevic, Picks Up WBO Regional Shumenov vs. Dorticos Headed To April 29 in Las Vegas Liam Williams: Liam Smith Will Be in For a Rude Awakening Nacho Admits Surprise at Chavez's Hard Work For Canelo Fight Chocolatito: To Win, I Have To Knock Sor Rungvisai Out Rematch! Ray Robinson Returns To The Fillmore in Philadelphia Barthelemy vs. Relikh WBA Eliminator is Ordered Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley Added To Berto vs. Porter Card Photos: Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac Ekpo - Official Weigh-In Crolla: I'm in The Best Shape of My Life For Linares Rematch Billy Joe Saunders' Trainer on Facing Gennady Golovkin Porter: McGregor Sparring Looked Bad, Mayweather Batters Him Photos: Linares, Crolla Ready For Rematch War - Official Weigh-In Helenius vs. Chisora Rematch Finalized, May 27 in Finland David Benavidez vs. Rogelio Medina in WBC Eliminator Crolla: I'll Need Career Best Performance To Beat Linares Thurman No Longer Concerned With Pursuit of Mayweather Spence's Trainer: Brook Dwells on His Loss as Career High Point! Frank Warren: Saunders Very Confident He'll Beat Golovkin David Haye: I Will Be Heavyweight Champion Again, Trust Me Callum Smith Would Love To Get His Hands on James DeGale British Boxer Moves Past Terror Attack, Wins Fight in WSOB Peter Fury Receives Visa, Will Be Present For Joseph Parker Bout Mikey Garcia Has Received Good Offers From Schaefer, De La Hoya De La Hoya Warns: Golovkin Fighting in June Derails Canelo Bout! Who Is The Number One "Pound For Pound" Boxer Now? Arum: If Mayweather-McGregor Falls Through - UFC To Blame
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement