Kovalev's Promoter: Sergey is Ready For Dmitry Bivol at Any Time!

By Steve Kim

This Saturday night from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, a pair of light heavyweight title bouts take place on HBO.

WBA titlist, Dmitry Bivol, takes on the seasoned mandatory challenger Sullivan Barrera in the opener. The main event features Sergey Kovalev defending his WBO belt against Igor Mikhalkin.

Many fans are wondering about a possible showdown between Bivol and Kovalev in the near future.


"I think Bivol needs some time to develop and to develop a following here,"said Kathy Duva, who's company is the Stateside promoter for Bivol, alongside World of Boxing, which has handled Bivol's career from the start.

"He has a world title but Barrera's really going to be the first time he's going to be tested with that title, I think, in a meaningful way.

"So he's got some work ahead of him. When the time comes and when he's built a following and has that type of audience that will justify the kind of rights fee to make that fight - then we'll make that fight."

Both Bivol and Kovalev (who is promoted by Main Events) have close associations with HBO.

Duva notes - "Sergey's ready to fight (Bivol) at any time."

Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs), 34-years-old, reclaimed his title Thanksgiving weekend on HBO when he overwhelmed Vyacheslav Shabranskyy en route to a second round knockout. Known as “Krusher,” Kovalev now resides in southern California and looks to continue his rise in the pound-for-pound rankings as he rebuilds his career in wake of back to back defeats at the hands of Andre Ward.

Bivol, 27, originally from Kyrgyzstan and now hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, has quickly ascended to the top of the division since turning pro in 2014. Knocking out all but two of his opponents, the champ fought four times in 2017.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Factual Voice on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=////;18529048]when these nutpunching human blanket guys retire divisions come alive[/QUOTE] Exactly. Boxing has been much better without Ward and Floyd mucking up the pecking order. Ward is the worst of all though. Biggest diva I've ever seen who hasn't won…

Comment by Factual Voice on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=Drunk Punch;18527269]Promoter talk for: We will never fight Bivol.[/QUOTE] Jack and ward will never fight Bivol since both already gave up their belts rather than fight him.... fact....

Comment by Factual Voice on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=Hmabshir;18528970]Being a good amateur doesn’t mean your invincible. Kovalevs style is more suited to the pro ranks. Ward would murder beterbiev it’s been a while man grow up and admit ward whooped your fighters ass. He beat kovalev fair and…

Comment by //// on 03-01-2018

when these nutpunching human blanket guys retire divisions come alive

Comment by jas on 03-01-2018

bivol is a beast very impressed with him

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