Sergey Kovalev: Facing Artur Beterbiev is a Priority For Me

By Igor Lazorin, tass

World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev has no problem with facing his division rival, countryman Artur Beterbiev, who holds the IBF world champion.

For years, the two boxers were unable to face each other due to politics and competing networks.

But now both of them have multi-fight agreements with Top Rank, who have an exclusive content deal with ESPN - making an agreement very easy to put together.


On record of the 36-year-old Kovalev are 33 wins (28 by KO), one draw and three defeats.

On February 3, the Russian puncher reclaimed the WBO world title, with a dominating twelve round decision in his rematch with Eleider Alvarez.

The next match for Kovalev is a mandatory defense against undefeated challenger Anthony Yarde. The date and venue has not been finalized, but the two sides have reached an agreement on the terms.

Beterbiev holds two victories over Kovalev when they collided in the amateurs.

“Artur Beterbiev is part of my priorities - because we have, let's say, a history from the amateurs where he crossed my path. But I am very grateful to God [that I lost those fights], that this is exactly what happened - because if I had won any prizes in the amateur world championships or the European championships or in the Olympic Games, I would have considered this to be my maximum achievement. And since I did not achieve my ambitions in amateurs, I stepped into professional boxing,” said Kovalev.

The 34-year-old Beterbiev has 13 fights, all of which he won by knockout, with no defeats. He won the IBF world title in November 2017, defeating German Enrico Kelling with a knockout in the 12th round and defended the title last October, winning over British challenger Callum Johnson with a knockout in the fourth round.

Next up, Beterbiev will make a voluntary defense against Radivoje Kalajdzic on May 4.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pigeons on 05-09-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19730261]is the Yarde fight 100% on first?[/QUOTE] Still working on the deal. SOURCES: Deal is close to pit Sergey Kovalev against mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde on June 29 in Russia on an ESPN platform. Will be Kovalev’s…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 05-09-2019

is the Yarde fight 100% on first?

Comment by Superbee on 05-09-2019

So Kovy.... Why you keep silent since Saturday Night ? ... I know, the prospect of suffering hell isn't appealing, but you gotta do what you gotta do or I'll have to call you [I][U]Chickenlev[/U][/I] from now on... :)

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-25-2019

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post I'll take it... the sooner the better. And I would rate it a close, solid fight... especially if we see the same Kovalev who just beat Alvarez. Beterbiev hasn't fought the competition Kovalev…

Comment by Snoop Frog on 04-24-2019

Good on both guys if they make this fight. Kovalev is a better technician but Beterbiev probably has better power now that Kov is on the downside.

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