Kovalev-Pascal: Full Non-Televised Undercard Announced

By Jake Donovan

The full undercard has been formed for the upcoming March 14 show in Montreal, Canada. The card is headlined by the light heavyweight unified title clash between unbeaten Sergey Kovalev and former lineal champion Jean Pascal, which airs live on HBO.

In supporting capacit and in previously announced bouts: Steve Cunningham and Vyacheslav Glazkov both make their first HBO-televised appearance as they collide in a 12-round heavyweight clash; and light heavyweights Isaac Chilemba faces Vasily Lepikhin meet in the televised opener.

Topping the non-televised undercard, Dierry Jean faces Carlos Manuel Reyes in a 10-round lightweight battle. Jean (27-1, 19KOs) came up short in a 140 lb. title bid versus Lamont Peterson last January, but has since dropped to the lightweight division where he has won two straight. 

Also appearing in supporting capacity, Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 22KOs) – now being trained by Abel Sanchez, best known these days for his work with unbeaten middleweight star Gennady Golovkin - bides his time for a due light heavyweight title shot as he faces Lee Campbell in a scheduled eight-round stay busy affair.

Mohammedi was named mandatory challenger for the IBF light heavyweight title – one of three belts in Kovalev’s possession – following his knockout win over Andrey Dudchenko last June. 

The win was to earn him a crack at then-unified light heavyweight titlist Bernard Hopkins, who was instead granted an exemption in facing fellow titlist Kovalev in their highly anticipated title fight last November. However, Mohammedi didn’t force the issue, nor did he opt to stand in the way of Kovalev next defending versus Pascal. 

Kovalev and Mohammedi are both promoted by Main Events. 

In other bouts:
- Unbeaten Russian welterweight Dmitry Mikhaylenko (18-0, 7KOs) faces Felipe de la Paz in a scheduled 10-round clash, while homegrown Yves Ulysses Jr. (5-0, 3KOs)  meets Miguel Antoine in an eight-round bout. Wins by Mikhaylenko and Ulysses. Jr. could lead to a head-on collision later this year, as talks have already begun between both camps. 

- David Theroux (5-0, 3KOs) faces Poland's Lukasz Janik (13-9-1, 7KOs) in a welterweight swing bout, which will go either four or six rounds, depending on the length of time available on the show.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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