Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kathy Duva Welcomes Hopkins-Kovalev Unification

By Rick Reeno

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, is ready, willing and able to begin negotiations for a light heavyweight unification between her fighter, WBO champion Sergey Kovalev, and IBF/WBA champion Bernard Hopkins - who earlier today told BoxingScene.com that he's very interested in facing Duva's feared fighter.

Kovalev (24-0-1, 22KOs) must first take care of business on August 2nd in Atlantic City, when he faces undefeated Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6KOs) as part of an HBO televised tripleheader.

It was widely believed that Hopkins would be facing WBC champion Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20KOs) in the fall. But Hopkins confirmed to BoxingScene that there have been no serious discussions regarding a Stevenson fight in 2014.

For most of 2013, HBO was building up a unification fight between Kovalev and Stevenson. A few months ago, Stevenson jumped ship to rival network Showtime, with the obvious goal of facing Hopkins. Kathy Duva of Main Events, who felt confident that she reached an agreement with promoter Yvon Michel for Stevenson-Kovalev unification on HBO, filed a federal lawsuit against Michel, Stevenson, Showtime, Al Haymon and former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.

Some insiders believe the legal situation surrounding Stevenson could potentially push back a Hopkins unification until 2015. And given that Hopkins is 49-years-old, it's no surprise that he's open to explore every lucrative possibility. HBO would certainly welcome the fight, because Kovalev's options at 175-pounds are running a little dry.

Another big reason for Hopkins' increased interest in Kovalev is the pending mandatory obligation to Nadjib Mohammedi (35-3, 21KOs), who last month knocked out Anatoliy Dudchenko in a final IBF eliminator.

If Hopkins is unable to secure Kovalev or Stevenson in a timely fashion, he would be forced to close out the year with a mandatory fight against Mohammedi, which none of the major networks will be running to buy.

"My thing is this, I have to look out for my position, and my team is looking out for what my situation is - and Kovalev might be a more viable quicker [fight to make], from what I'm understand, than Stevenson is. The perception is, is that Kovalev is a killer and Stevenson doesn't want to fight him, he wants to fight an old man. If that's the case, I'll knock off Kovalev first, because I believe that I can beat him. I believe that he's a tough fight, but I believe that I can beat him. It's a fight where if I make a mistake I can get knocked out. And yeah Bernard Hopkins can get knocked out too, and so can Kovalev and so can Stevenson, who's been knocked out once in his career," Hopkins told BoxingScene.com.

Because of Hopkins' mandatory obligation to the IBF, the two sides have no time to spare, as Duva pointed out.

Of course, Sergey's primary focus is his upcoming August 2nd light heavyweight title defense at Revel in Atlantic ‎City against undefeated Blake "Il Capo" Caparello," Duva stated to BoxingScene.com. "Assuming that Sergey is successful on August 2nd, HBO and Main Events are already planning to bring him back  sometime during the ‎fourth quarter--possibly as early as October."

"Sergey has frequently expressed his desire to test his skills against the best and acquire all of the light heavyweight world titles. So if Bernard Hopkins wants the fight, Sergey and Main Events would be happy to oblige."

"Of course, Bernard is now in the mandatory position with the IBF. My understanding is that if he does not put a plan in place for a title unification very shortly, he will be obliged to fight Nadjib Mohammedi next or risk losing his IBF title." 

"So, obviously, time is of the essence. I would like to know which promoter represents Bernard so I could speak with him about this. We are already involved in one lawsuit and I would not want to risk getting involved in another by going around Bernard's representatives."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Joshua Child on 07-03-2014

I think is great if the fight happens but I'll believe it when I see the Alien mask in the ring. Hilarious that Stevenson is getting frozen out.

Comment by observer on 07-03-2014

This is one news I didn't expect. Surprised the hell out of me. It would be poetic justice if Hopkins fights Kovalev, not Stevenson. Once Krusher beats Hopkins, Stevenson will have nowhere to hide. When I read how Hopkins said…

Comment by Hougigo on 07-03-2014

[QUOTE=King-;14722447]Based on Hopkins interview, and now what Duva said in this article.... SURELY we get this fight? There's no roadblocks. If Anything it would hurt Hopkins if it doesn't happen.[/QUOTE] I thought he was with haymon. If not, nothing really…

Comment by joemama on 07-03-2014

Sad that when we finally see this fight, Hopkins will 70 years old and still might win.

Comment by deanrw on 07-03-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14721761]It's either Stevenson or Kovalev.... or he'll fight Momaheddi.... [B]and there's no progress on the Stevenson fight.[/B] This is funny considering they thought they could make it fairly fast[/QUOTE] Bhop ain't getting that fight until he signs with Haymon first…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (21)
Top Headlines Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in Los Angeles Eleider Alvarez Stops Lucian Bute in Five, Earns Stevenson Shot Live ShoBox Results: Saul Rodriguez Survives Big Scare Kavaliauskas Will Return on Lomachenko vs. Sosa Card Deontay Wilder: Titles Aside - I'm The Man To Beat at Heavyweight! Thurman on Angel: Boxing Doesn't Have Time for That Clown Act Glazkov is Planning To Return To The Ring in The Summer Jay Harris Outpoints Essomba, Wins Commonwealth Gold Cecilia Braekhus Dominates Klara Svensson To Retain Belts Terence Crawford Could Fight Granados Next Instead of Felix Diaz Photos: Hurd-Harrison, Breazeale-Ugonoh - Official Weigh-In Photos: Deontay Wilder vs. Gerald Washington - Official Weigh-In Harley Benn, Son Of Nigel, Wins His Pro Debut At York Hall De La Hoya: Canelo Fight is There - Golovkin Has To Accept Deal! Wilder Weighs in at 222 Pounds; Washington Weighs 239 Mairis Briedis vs. Marco Huck Lands on BoxNation Luis Ortiz vs. Dillian Whyte Could Be Possible, Says Eddie Hearn Dylan Price Inks Pact With Mayweather Promotions Gerald Washington: I Definitely Won My Fight Against Mansour! Frank Warren: Hughie Fury Has Signed Joseph Parker Deal Photos: Gavin McDonnell, Rey Vargas Ready For Title Battle Canelo Certain That His Right Thumb Injury No Longer An Issue Martin Murray vs. Gabriel Rosado Set, April 22 In Liverpool Wilder Anxious To Test Repaired Right Hand on 'A Human Skull' Chavez Still Wants To Fight Golovkin; 'I Think I Can Beat Him' Jessie Magdaleno, Oscar Valdez Get Opponents For April 22 Simmons Replaces Matty Askin In British Title Clash vs. Kennedy Jose Arellano, Colorado Amateur Star, is Set For Pro Debut De La Hoya: Spence Will Destroy Brook - I'd Love To Promote Him Chisora vs. Helenius Rematch Looking Likely, Says Trainer Chavez Jr: If Canelo Felt He Could Win - He Would've Fought GGG Manuel Charr Injured, Odlanier Solis Fight is Called Off The Deontay Wilder Conundrum Braekhus Struggles To Make Weight For Svensson Showdown Photos: Rodriguez-Narvaez, Vargas, Lopez - Telemundo Weigh-In Canelo: Golovkin Received His Biggest Offer - Do Not Blame Me! Video: Joseph Parker, Kevin Barry Discuss Hughie Fury Defense Gervonta Davis Has No Issue Heading To UK For Walsh Defense Kovalev's Promoter: Ward's Side Continue To Ignore Rematch Talks Dusty Harrison Arrested, Being Held on Gun Charge
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement