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Kovalev To Face Caparello 8/2 In Atlantic City

By Keith Idec

Sergey Kovalev has agreed to fight another mostly unknown southpaw in Atlantic City.

BoxingScene.com has learned that a deal has been finalized for the Russian knockout artist to defend his WBO light heavyweight title against Australia’s Blake Caparello on Aug. 2 at Revel. HBO will televise the 12-round title fight as part of a split-site “Boxing After Dark” broadcast that’ll also feature a welterweight bout between Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and Argentina’s Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

The 31-year-old Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) signed a multi-fight agreement to box exclusively on HBO before his seventh-round knockout victory over Chicago’s Cedric Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) on March 29 at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom. With potential fights against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs), IBF light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs, 2 NC) and undisputed super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) unavailable for various reasons, Main Events, Kovalev’s promoter, and HBO Sports executives settled on Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs).

The 27-year-Caparello, promoted by Lou DiBella, dominated a past-his-prime Elvir Muriqi (40-6, 24 KOs) in his last fight, yet figures to be a big underdog against the hard-hitting Kovalev. ESPN2 televised Caparello’s 10-round, unanimous-decision win Jan. 31 from Codey Arena in West Orange, N.J.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Br1ng3r on 06-15-2014

Not excited about this. I'm usually hesitant to call ducking on fighters but Kovalev is being blatantly ducked in every direction. Everyone has some excuse. It's not $$$ either. Kovalev pulled 1 million viewers against a nobody. He is heavy…

Comment by animalfan10 on 06-15-2014

[QUOTE=takingaim;14661912]This has nothing to do with Pac, so shut up you little turd. Thanks for the message on my profile though. I struck a raw nerve. Exposed for everyone to see. Hehe Stevenson ran to Showtime to get away from…

Comment by nycsmooth on 06-14-2014

Terrible match making...doesn't say much 4 NJSAC... This will b over faster than it takes 2 go thru airport security @ 2AM...

Comment by R_Walken on 06-14-2014

Thumbs down to this fight

Comment by chepe009 on 06-14-2014

How things have changed. .I remember when HBO would only televise great fights, now they're stealing fights from espn. . How the mighty have fallen

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