Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Kovalev Explains Why He Turned Down 'Big' Offer To Fight Canelo

By Keith Idec

It wasn’t too little, but it was too late.

That’s essentially why Sergey Kovalev turned down an 11th-hour, eight-figure offer to fight Canelo Alvarez. Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez made a very attractive offer to Kathy Duva, Kovalev’s promoter, late in July for Kovalev to defend his WBO light heavyweight title versus Alvarez on October 26 in Las Vegas.

By then, though, tickets were already on sale for Kovalev’s mandatory defense of his title Saturday night against Anthony Yarde in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Kovalev’s hometown. Kovalev also would’ve had to pay Yarde a hefty fee to step aside and allow an Alvarez-Kovalev fight, an alternative Yarde says he wasn’t willing to accept at that late stage.

“Yes, we did have an offer,” Kovalev said during a press conference Wednesday in Chelyabinsk. “I have to say that the tickets were already on sale. Official agreements were already made. It was just three weeks before the fight. And the offer was indeed a big one, a substantial one. But you never do it like that, because I have to be here. This is my home and this is not what I do. Everything was already agreed. My primary task is to defend the title. If the fight will still be very interesting for Canelo [after Saturday night], OK.”

sergey-kovalev (2)_10

If Kovalev defeats Yarde, he’ll likely face Mexico’s Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) later this year. Egis Klimas, Kovalev’s manager, told BoxingScene.com last week that Kovalev will sign a contract to battle Alvarez in November or December if he fends off Yarde on Saturday night.

Klimas declined to discuss the Alvarez-Kovalev fight Wednesday.

“It’s too early to talk about that,” Klimas said during the press conference. “Let’s talk about that after the fight Saturday night.”

The 36-year-old Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) is just a slight favorite to beat Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs). The comparatively inexperienced Englishman again predicted Wednesday that he’ll knock out Kovalev, who has lost by technical knockout twice since June 2017, to Andre Ward and Eleider Alvarez.

Kovalev-Yarde will be streamed by ESPN+ in the United States as the main event of a two-bout broadcast set to begin Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EDT/9:30 a.m. PDT. The Kovalev-Yarde card will be broadcast by BT Sport in the United Kingdom (5 p.m. BST). 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by _Rexy_ on 08-23-2019

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;20005280]Why would Canelo call a nobody, no name, no future nobody like Yarde? are you that Stupid & dense? If that ever happend your Bïtch @ss would be the first one to cry about Canelo's choice of Yarde. So sit…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 08-22-2019

[QUOTE=Kiowhatta;20004198]I didn't think I could resent Canelo anymore than I already do. This guy is running around like a child in a candy store shouting 'I want that one, no now I want that one.' He doesn't respect the fact…

Comment by Murcielago on 08-22-2019

[QUOTE=MASTER OF you;20002719]lol this fool clenelo tried to make the fight once kovalev and yarde had both agreed to fight! it was nothing but a publicity stunt! typical coward move![/QUOTE] But reports say if Kov wins, the fight vs Canelo…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 08-22-2019

[QUOTE=BLASTER1;20004030]LOL he is. He's fighting the guy Canelo dropped his belt to. So who's the coward?[/QUOTE] Dumb åss it was Dereviachenko(more like mother Phuker Haymon) who dropped the ball, Canelo Offered 5 Million and they refused it, than turn around…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 08-22-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;20002765]At his age, Kovalev is the weakest of the big 4. Bivol even offered to go down to 168. Nail would dance beat him and Canelo would likely die from a Beterbiev jab. If Yarde beats Kovalev and looks like…

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (104)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Frank Warren: Anthony Yarde Right Up There With The Best at 175 Erickson Lubin Boxes Past Terrell Gausha in WBC Eliminator Adrien Broner back in January, Leo-Fulton To Be Rescheduled, More Efe Ajagba Lackluster in Decision Win Over Rice Robeisy Ramirez Shuts Out Felix Caraballo Over Eight Nurtas Azhbenov To Stay Busy With Harutyunyan in Almaty Hearn: Whyte Taking Povetkin Rematch So Quickly is Extremely Dangerous Devin Haney vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa Deal in Place, Says Manager Francisco Fonseca Gets Second Round KO, Wants Title Fight Next Jose Pedraza Dominant in Decision Win Over Javier Molina Erickson Lubin Overcomes Scare, Boxes Past Terrell Gausha Efe Ajagba Makes Top Rank Debut, Decisions Jonnie Rice Erickson Lubin vs. Terrell Gausha - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Nyambayar Drops Breedy Twice, Wins Split Decision in Tough Fight Robeisy Ramirez Decisions Felix Caraballo Over Eight Tug Nyambayar vs. Cobia Breedy - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jaron Ennis Drops Juan Carlos Abreu Three Times, Stops Him in Six Jaron Ennis vs. Juan Carlos Abreu - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gausha: I Lean More Towards Charlo Over Rosario, May The Best Man Win Pedraza vs. Molina - LIVE Results From The Bubble: Lua, Montano Win Cobia Breedy: This Is Bigger Than Me, Doing This For My People Back Home In Barbados Jaron Ennis: Becoming First To Stop Abreu Would Be A Big Statement Conwell vs. Toussaint Tops ShoBox Quadrupleheader, October 7 Memo Heredia Has High Hopes For Robeisy Ramirez Bob Arum: We Think Ajagba Can Be Among Top Heavyweights In The World Abreu: I Just Got Out Of Jail, How Can Ennis Put Any Fear Into Me? Ennis: Extra Weight Won’t Matter For Abreu; I'll Go In There & Get The Stoppage Pedraza: As I Keep Moving Forward, Fights Will Keep Getting Tougher And Tougher Alex Saucedo vs. Arnold Barboza Jr. To Co-Headline Lomachenko-Lopez On 10/17 Erickson Lubin: You Could See How Much I've Changed Since The Charlo Fight Jaron Ennis: I Might Have To Get Into A Mandatory Position To Get A Title Shot Ajagba: Time Away From Ring Was Frustrating, Hurts To Not Be Able To Do Something You Love Nyambayar: I Had A Sprained Ankle Against Gary Russell; I'd Love A Rematch Lubin: I'm Fresher, Hungrier Than Lara & Trout; Looking To Make Statement Against Gausha Pedraza: I Think Lomachenko Will Dominate Lopez, But He Can't Get Reckless Daily Bread Mailbag: Charlo Brothers, Ennis, Canelo, Spinks, More BoxingScene.com's Television Pick of The Week - September 19 McKenna: Beating Ohara Davies Will Be Highlight of My Career Joe Joyce: We'll See if Dubois Can Take My Heavy, Powerful Shots! Frank Warren: Whyte Received Shorter Medical Suspension Than Spelman?
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement