By Steve Kim
On August 4th at the Hard Rock & Hotel in Atlantic City, Eleider Alvarez shocked the boxing world by stopping Sergey Kovalev in the seventh round for the WBO light heavyweight title.
Kovalev and Main Events hold a rematch clause that they will be enforcing.
And according to the head of Main Events, Kathy Duva - ''It'll be at the end of probably January."
The first fight took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and expect the second go-around to be held somewhere on the East Coast.
"It's going to be where Canadians can drive to, that gives us New York, New Jersey Connecticut, Pennsylvania. These are the kind of places Canadians can get to and they definitely came to the first one. So I'd imagine we'd get them back," said Duva to BoxingScene.com.
What isn't so clear is just who will televise the rematch. While HBO broadcast the first fight between the two, Duva further explained to BoxingScene - "They kept their options open, they have a matching right. So they didn't want to pay what was in the contract. So we'll see how it turns out."
Alvarez was the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Adonis Stevenson since the fall of 2015, when he won a decision over Isaac Chilemba. Despite working with the same promoter and adviser, for one reason or another the fight with Stevenson was continuously pushed back.
After Stevenson passed him over earlier this year in favor of Badou Jack, Alvarez took a chance by quickly signing a deal to fight Kovalev.
In a back and forth fight, Alvarez dropped Kovalev three times in the seventh round before the contest was waved off by the referee.
Coming in, Kovalev had won two straight after losing back to back fights to Andre Ward.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.