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Kovalev: The Pressure Will Be High To Fight Beterbiev, Bivol

By Cihat Gemici

Former unified champion Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) is looking to impress when he comes back to the ring on November 25th against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy.

At the Theater in New York's Madison Square Garden, the winner of the fight will be the owner of the vacant WBO light heavyweight title. HBO will televise the contest.

Coming into this important match, Kovalev had lost back to back fights to Andre Ward. In losing those bouts, Kovalev was relieved of his WBO, WBA, IBF world titles. Ward retired a few months ago, creating a situation where all three titles were left vacant.

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The WBA title has already been filled by Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) and the IBF belt was captured by Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs).

Kovalev emphasized that the Shabranskyy match is an important test to redeem himself and capture a piece of the light heavyweight crown. Shabranskyy is well motivated to use the opportunity of the world championship, and for this reason it is going to be a dangerous match.

The Russian boxer underlined that his main goal, above all else, is to reclaim one of the belts that he held in the past, and also emphasizes that his performance against Shabranskyy is a high profile opportunity to show the fans and critics that he is still an elite boxer at 175 pounds.

After this fight, Kovalev will set his sights on getting two more titles, held by his countrymen, Bivol and Beterbiev.

"We must do these matches in the future. The pressure to do these matches will be high and I am waiting for those days [when I fight them]," Kovalev said.

Kovalev did not even mention Adonis Stevenson's name. Stevenson owns the WBC title, but Kovalev has tried for years to get him in the ring without success.

“Whoever owns the belt or whoever wants to do a unification match - I am ready to fight,” Kovalev said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pigeons on 11-18-2017

(1) Kovalev vs. (4) Gvozdyk (2) Beterbiev vs. (3) Bivol HBO-sponsored LHW tournament to unify 3 belts. Throwback to the Tyson days.

Comment by Dr.Cool on 11-18-2017

The pressure is high for him not to quit again. He really has no pressure right now, he should easily beat Shabwhatever but no one expects him to ever be a top fighter again. Ward took his soul. Only way…

Comment by landotter on 11-17-2017

Kovalev, dude, this is the beginning of your last chance. Shabranskyy is someone you should beat. You have maybe 2-3 years to rewrite your legacy at most before Father Time comes knocking. Getting those belts back will help, but fighting…

Comment by iNixus on 11-17-2017

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18217852]Kov isn't going to fight Bieterbiev now that he is with TR. He isn't going to fight Stevenson. Maybe Gvozdyk.[/QUOTE] He's not with top rank he's looking for a new promoters that will make him fight in montreal…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 11-17-2017

[QUOTE=IraqiSword;18217698]Fight the real soviet warriors and be gone for good, funny back before Kovalev quit there were more comments for anything Sergey related, now nobody cares[/QUOTE] Were there that many comments for Kovalev-Silakh? Really? This is a tuneup fight and…

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