The Russian Boxing Federation will offer Sergey Kovalev the opportunity to fight in Russia next year, according to statements made to Tass by the Secretary General of the RBF, Umar Kremlev.

Last month, Kovalev lost his WBO light heavyweight title when he was knocked out in the eleventh round in Las Vegas. Canelo had moved up by two weight divisions to challenge Kovalev for his title.

"Yes, of course, we will offer him the opportunity to have a fight in Russia. Sergey is great, he has beautiful fights. When he comes [to Russia], we’ll discuss everything with him. This fight could take place next year,” the Kremlev said.

The majority of Kovalev's pro career has been staged in the United States.

He's had four fights in Russia during his pro career. The last time he fought on home soil was this past August, in Chelyabinsk, when Kovalev stopped Anthony Yarde.

The 36-year-old Russian veteran has a record of 34 wins (29 by KO), four losses, and one draw.

IN OTHER NEWS: Former cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev explained that he was unable to prepare in the United States due to a visa issue.

“There would be no happiness, but misfortune would help,” Lebedev told Tass. “My visa ran out, there was no time to renew it. I had my training camp in Russia. My sparring partners were Igor Mikhalkin, Hasan Hasan and Sadam Magomedov.”

Lebedev prepared for his previous fights at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles under the guidance of coach Freddie Roach or his assistant Marvin Somodio.

Lebedev made a decision to resume his career. On December 21, in Krasnoyarsk, he will fight against South African banger Tabiso Mchunu, and the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver title will be at stake.