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Kovalev is Pulling For Badou Jack To Defeat Adonis Stevenson

By Steve Kim

While Sergey Kovalev will defend his WBO world title against Eleider Alvarez on August 4th in Atlantic City, he will be tuning into Showtime this weekend as WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson will defend his title against former 168-pound belt-holder Badou Jack.

The contest takes place in Toronto, with Jack taking his second fight at 175 after demolishing Nathan Cleverly last August as part of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor undercard in Las Vegas.

"Of course I will watch this fight," said Kovalev this past Saturday where the formal announcement was made for his upcoming bout which will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in AC. "Yes, I will watch this fight because it's my division and who will win. It will be interesting."

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When asked who he favored, Kovalev answered - "I will be rooting for Badou Jack because I think he will have the most desire in the fight."

And perhaps he's pulling for Jack because he feels that unlike Stevenson, he will be more willing to participate in a unification bout against him.

"Yes, that's a reason too," said the reigning WBO titlist, with a chuckle. "Maybe in the future it will be much easier to make a fight with him."

When asked if she agreed with Kovalev, his promoter Kathy Duva pointed out that both Alvarez and Stevenson are represented by the same company - GYM - which is led by promoter Yvon Michel. She says the issue with making Kovalev-Stevenson has nothing to do with promoters.

''We were able to put this deal together as quickly as we did, easily as we did. We worked together and proved that the obstacle is not him, not me. It's the fighter (Stevenson) who doesn't want to get in the ring," Duva said.
 
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing Goat on 05-18-2018

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;18780605]Ironic indeed! Funny how the two men Adonis ducked for years decided f*** it, and are fighting each other. Alvarez clearly couldn't be bothered waiting around so he takes on Kovalev, the killer of the division, while Kovalev is making…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 05-17-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;18775119]^ This! And just for good measure, look at what was just posted on ESPN :) [url]http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/23513938/no-adonis-stevenson-no-problem-sergey-kovalev-eleider-alvarez-fight-other[/url] Ironic that it posted today huh[/QUOTE] Ironic indeed! Funny how the two men Adonis ducked for years decided f*** it, and are…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=BLACK KNOT;18776734]chickenson is the real POS here! he was part of a group that trafficked underage girls.chickenson ducked kovalev for years he knows he'll never fight him so of course he wants jack to win.[/QUOTE] ^ This! And it's well…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=R_Walken;18775984]Kovalev comes across as the most miserable fighter in the game today Never been a fan of his, I respect the fact that Kov is a road warrior and has proved he’ll take any fight for short money. But the…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=MulaKO;18776735]My judgement is far from cloudy Their are facts that you are not accepting Purse bids not respected, after team Kovi crying for it Maybe not him but Duva certainly didn’t want this fight ( if he lost their goes…

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