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Beterbiev: Now Kovalev Has a Belt - Come On, Let's Do It!

By Luke Furman

IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs) was a very interested party last Saturday night, as he watched Sergey Kovalev reclaim the WBO world title with a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over Eleider Alvarez.

The fight was a rematch of a contest which took place in August 2018, when Alvarez knocked out Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) in seven rounds.

The victory works in Beterbiev's favor, because a unification with Alvarez would have been a difficult fight to put together - because they share the same head trainer in Marc Ramsay.

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The two Russian fighters have a rivalry that's played out for a long time.

Beterbiev twice defeated Kovalev when they were at the amateur level.

Kovalev claims that he was robbed in both fights - which is something Beterbiev disputes.

When Kovalev was defeated by Alvarez, Beterbiev saw no reason for the two of them to collide.

But now, things have changed.

"Now he has a belt," Beterbiev said to TVA Sports.

"I also have a belt. This is the right time to do a unification fight. Come on, let's do it. Let's do it, Kovalev. "

In the past, there were also political walls that prevented their showdown.

That is no longer the case, because both boxers have multi-fight agreements with Top Rank - which allows them to collide on ESPN.

Promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events, who handle Kovalev, believes there is a good possibility of this contest taking place.

"We have an agreement with Top Rank and I am told that Beterbiev has signed a contract with them too, so it facilitates the organization of this unification fight. This is a strong possibility and Sergey has wanted this fight for a long time," said Duva.

Beterbiev is slated to fight on ESPN in the coming months and Cuba's Sullivan Barrera is being named as the possible opponent.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sun_Tzu on 02-08-2019

I would very much like to see this fight.

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 02-08-2019

[QUOTE=DaBeastO;19492607]beterbiev ducked kovalev once before he flat out said he wasn't ready. beterbiev too stiff and sloppy kovalev beats him by decision possibly ko.[/QUOTE] My joking aside, I could see Kov beating Beterbiev if he doesn't brawl, which he doesn't…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 02-08-2019

[QUOTE=theface07;19492100]Kovalev has never ducked anyone and already said he wants to unify next. Are you stupid or just bias and ignorant?[/QUOTE] I was just kidding, amigo. So it turns out you're a bit of a simpleton for not seeing the…

Comment by MulaKO on 02-07-2019

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;19494515][URL="http://www.espn.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/13647/no-kovalev-beterbiev-no-surprise"]http://www.espn.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/13647/no-kovalev-beterbiev-no-surprise[/URL] ... "Michel responded to Duva's offer in an email on Wednesday declining the fight, even though he said her offer was fair. She was offering Beterbiev a career-high purse for his first main event ($500,000), 25 percent of Canadian…

Comment by MDPopescu on 02-07-2019

[QUOTE=MulaKO;19492271]Wanted is the key word Never stepped up to the plate though Now Beterbiev calling him out , let’s see what fughnut and creepella Duva decide Remember, Duva is all in with Kov (and her Main Events )[/QUOTE] [URL="http://www.espn.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/13647/no-kovalev-beterbiev-no-surprise"]http://www.espn.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/13647/no-kovalev-beterbiev-no-surprise[/URL] ...…

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