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Photos: Kovalev, Alvarez, Bivol, Chilemba Hit Atlantic City

Two-time light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) puts his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title on the line against long-time WBC Light Heavyweight number one Contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) at the Etess Arena in the brand new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

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The event, promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel, will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. This will mark Kovalev’s 14th appearance on HBO® with Alvarez making his network debut. 

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Kovalev vs. Alvarez will be the first professional boxing event to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, which opens on June 28. Kovalev, 35, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, will be fighting for the fourth time in Atlantic City, including his 2014 victory over future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, which unified three of the four light heavyweight world titles. The only light heavyweight world title Kovalev has not had the chance to win belongs to WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson. Kovalev and Stevenson have come close to getting in the ring several times, but “Superman” seems set on avoiding the hard-hitting Russian.

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Undefeated Eleider Alvarez also knows a little something about being avoided by Stevenson. Alvarez defeated Isaac Chilemba in 2015 to secure the WBC mandatory position and the opportunity to face Adonis for his piece of the light heavyweight crown. Since then, Alvarez is 4-0 with notable wins over former world champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. After more than two years since becoming the mandatory contender and almost one year since his last fight, Stevenson still has not agreed to fight Alvarez, so Eleider jumped at the opportunity to face Kovalev for the WBO World Title when the offer arrived.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Urtain on 08-01-2018

If I didn't have any plans for holidays, I would have tried to be there. It's a solid card for August.

Comment by Bos8 on 08-01-2018

Hey everyone- buddy and I are heading up to Atlantic City this weekend. I'm pumped because although I've supported local amateur boxing events, I've yet to go to a major televised pro event. Weve got a hotel but I have…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 08-01-2018

Glad to see Chilemba looks in shape. Should be a decent card.

Comment by MDPopescu on 08-01-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;18984750]Kovalev looks younger now than he did before the Ward fights. [B]Getting off the vodka maybe?[/B][/QUOTE] ... probably so... :)

Comment by clemenza on 08-01-2018

Clemenza makes his return to the city by the Atlantic this weekend to see his first prize fight there since the late Great Arturo “ Thunder Gatti knocked out the Great Jesse James Leija. It looks like some good people…

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