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Kovalev Charged With Felony Assault, Allegedly Punched Woman

By TMZ

Former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev has been charged with felony assault for allegedly punching a woman in the face back in June -- but he claims he's not guilty ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Here's what we know ... the Russian fighter was arrested in Big Bear, CA on June 9 after a woman told police the feared puncher struck her in the face, causing serious injuries.

Sources connected to the case tell us ... the woman is claiming Kovalev had hit on her at a party earlier in the evening but rejected his advances. She claims Sergey and a friend followed her back to her cabin and that's where the alleged attack occurred.

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We're told the woman claims she suffered major injuries including a severely broken nose, a concussion and a displaced disk in her neck.

Cops tell TMZ Sports ... they began searching for Kovalev immediately and arrested him a short time later.

He was charged with assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury -- which carries a maximum sentence of 4 years in prison.

Kovalev appeared in court and entered a not guilty plea.

What's interesting ... Kovalev fought Eleider Álvarez in August -- just 2 months after the arrest -- and lost in a shocking upset.

Kovalev is due back in court in March. He also has a rematch with Alvarez lined up for Feb. 2.

We've reached out to Kovalev for comment -- so far, no word back.

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Comment by My Low Place on 01-24-2019

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Comment by Calibaloc on 01-23-2019

[QUOTE=chrisJS;19456477]I'm pointing to the hypocrisy of Mayweather fans. Personally I can't stand Kovalev. He's trash IMO. I'm just laughing seeing some of the people who celebrated Mayweather's horrible acts and defended them lose their **** over Kovalev. Both are classless…

Comment by chrisJS on 01-23-2019

[QUOTE=Calibaloc;19456444]You mentioned Mayweather now you saying:"not just Mayweather fans" What the hell are you talking about? Mayweather was already found guilty so why bring him up? That was literally years ago. Is it to get the attention off of Kovalev?…

Comment by KTFOKING on 01-23-2019

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;19443687]I stand by what i said. To charge him they will have a good case against him and he's more than likely guilty. Far from people paranoid beliefs they don't want to lock up innocent people or waste money…

Comment by Calibaloc on 01-23-2019

[QUOTE=chrisJS;19441710]It’s not only Mayweather fans outraged. I’m saying his fans on here a lot of them supported him and celebrated him for doing it. You’re too busy masturbating over him to see his nutthuggers are insanely hypocritical and biased. Cult…

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