Sergey Kovalev, Dmitry Bivol to Return in July at MSG

By Steve Kim

Light heavyweight world champions Sergey Kovalev and Dmitry Bivol both scored emphatic victories this past weekend at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. And it looks like both will be returning to this facility for their next fights in the summer.

"We're looking at July, there's a few dates they have available," said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who represents both light heavyweight belt-holders, to

"So that's job one for today, to get together with HBO and decide which one to challenge because there's a couple of people ahead of us. So July is what' we're looking at."


The plan is for both Kovalev and Bivol to perform three times in 2018.

So who might Kovalev face next after stopping Igor Mikhalkin in seven rounds in defense of his WBO 175-pound title?

"Everything about what's possible and not the impossible,"s aid Duva, with a laugh.

"At the moment (IBF belt-holder) Artur Beterbiev would be my first choice but he's got legal problems and we can't get past that unless he can. The next choice we've got to see if Badou Jack beats ( Adonis) Stevenson, that makes sense. Of course, Stevenson makes sense if he ever wanted the fight with Sergey. I don't see why that's going to change now.'

"I don't know if the Kovalev-Bivol fight is ready because Bivol has to get a  higher profile - that should be eventually be a much bigger fight. Marcus Browne is certainly a possibility, he's number one in the WBO so chances are hell be a mandatory. That's where we start, whether or not these people want the fight, that's always been the issue with Sergey."

On Saturday night Bivol stopped a game Sullivan Barrera in the 12th and final rounds. As for what's next for the WBA titlist, Duva explained to - "I'm going to sit down with (Main Events matchmaker) Jolene (Mizzone) and figure that out. Again, he's got to get a few fights to raise his profile. That's Jolene's job. Lets see what she comes up with."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mammoth on 03-14-2018

Kovalev vs Browne and Bivol vs Smith Jr

Comment by iNixus on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=bluebeam;18554102]i answered your question. he would smother beterbiev and box his ears off. koelling? really bro? that's the fight that gives you hope he could beat sog?[/QUOTE] Once again you simply have no technical answer about how ward would deal…

Comment by bluebeam on 03-08-2018

[QUOTE=iNixus;18552926]There what he do with Jab. Easy to counter for Beterbiev when you use it to keep distance. Find something else buddy. [URL=""][/URL] edit : my mistake missread your comment. Rewatch Beterbiev vs Koelling it resume pretty much the whole…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 03-07-2018

A guy like Browne should jump at either fight for a title. Alvarez could fight either also, or he can wait around forever to fight Stevenson. Main events doesn't exactly have a great stable so I don't expect Kovalev vs…

Comment by Southpawology on 03-07-2018

But if they arent fighting each other who cares??? i dont wanna see them in mismatches again...though barrera bivol wasnt that big of a mismatch

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