Kovalev still wants Stevenson but focused on Caparello

By Ryan Burton recently caught up with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kovalev was there to catch the Guerrero-Kamegai fight card that ended up being an early candidate for Fight of the Year Honors.

The undefeated Russian has been linked to WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson for close to a year now. Stevenson just fought last month when he had a tougher than expected fight against Andrzej Fonfara. Even though Stevenson won the fight, he was knocked down and didn't dominate in the manner many expected.

Kovalev said he wasn't surprised that Fonfara had some success.  "I didn't think anything of it. I wasn't surprised that he did it but I wanted to do what he did. I wanted to do it myself."

Up next for Kovalev is an August 2nd battle against the undefeated but largely unknown Blake Caparello (19-0-1) of Australia that will be televised by HBO. Even though Kovalev still wants an unification fight with Stevenson, he said that all of his focus is on Caparello.

"He's a good fighter. He's undefeated you know. He's the most important fight right now because he's next," Kovalev told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bojangles1987 on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=Snake4380;14704583]The love fest for Al Haymon will soon pass. Haymon is really hurting his fighters now because he's been blackballed from HBO. Showtime cannot sustain in its budget to put up fights for every Al Haymon fighter especially as the…

Comment by Snake4380 on 06-28-2014

The love fest for Al Haymon will soon pass. Haymon is really hurting his fighters now because he's been blackballed from HBO. Showtime cannot sustain in its budget to put up fights for every Al Haymon fighter especially as the…

Comment by Thurman on 06-28-2014

Stevenson feels happy and comfy in the ring with his pillow punchers.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 06-28-2014

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;14704153]"Danny deserves a soft touch doe!" :lol1:[/QUOTE] He does. But Showtime shouldn't be televising it either. Premium cable slots should be reserved for competitive fights not mismatches.

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 06-27-2014

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;14703266]Kovalev vs Caparello on HBO? Danny Garcia vs Rod Salka on Showtime? What the heck is happening to boxing?[/QUOTE] "Danny deserves a soft touch doe!" :lol1:

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