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Lou DiBella: Caparello isn't Afraid of Sergey Kovalev

By Mike Coppinger

As has been the case for each of Sergey Kovalev's past four opponents, Blake Caparello will be a sizable underdog when he meets the light heavyweight beltholder on Aug. 2 on HBO.

However, unlike other foes, promoter Lou DiBella's believes his charge isn't scared of the big, bad 175-pound boogeyman.

"There is a great advantage to fighting Kovalev: if you manage to hang in there with him, you are going to earn the respect of fans," the outspoken promoter said on a media conference call on Monday. "There are a lot of guys who are afraid of Kovalev but Blake isn't. Blake is going to go out there and do his best to win. I expect a great performance whether he wins or loses."

DiBella has a point. The 27-year-old Australian is only known to the most ardent of boxing fans, but if he can hang tough with Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) in front an audience that will likely top the million mark, he will be a winner even in defeat. Still, DiBella says Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) is coming to shock the world.

"Sergey Kovalev is going to have his hands full," DiBella said. "The only way to beat Sergey Kovalev is (to) stand right in front of him and box. Blake is a true boxer and Kovalev has a real challenge on his hands. Blake fights like a boxer. This is a fight he desperately wanted."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sicko on 07-16-2014

He will be after he feels that Power. Kovalev should ROLL THIS GUY!

Comment by GoldenGloveLove on 07-16-2014

[QUOTE=AddiX;14764668]Lou doesn't give a crap who his guys fight as long it's a easy paycheck for himself. That's what lou has become in this sport. A guy who slithers around the both, barrel of the boxing world, signs the guys…

Comment by kafkod on 07-16-2014

Cleverly wasn't afraid of Kovalev either. That was the big mistake he made. When a guy hits as hard as Kovalev, his opponents should fear him, or fear his power at least. Otherwise, they are going to get themselves clobbered…

Comment by NEETzsche on 07-16-2014

isn't chilemba fighting on the undercard? why didn't they just match him with kovalev?

Comment by King_ on 07-16-2014

[QUOTE=dan_cov;14765073]This is a joke of a fight has anybody seen Caparello fight? Pushes with his punches, poor balance, pulls back in straight lines and fights like he is some sort of slickster which he is anything but. Couldn't they of…

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