Kovalev vs Shabranskyy | Previous bound together light heavyweight titleholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, returning off to-back misfortunes to Andre Ward in bitter world title battles, is coming back to the ring hoping to start another section of his profession.
Kovalev will go up against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in a 10-round light heavyweight session on Nov. 25 (HBO, 10 p.m. ET/PT) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, Main Events declared on Saturday night amid HBO’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai-Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez rematch broadcast.
In November, Kovalev lost his three 175-pound world title belts and undefeated record by questionable choice to Ward and afterward got thumped out in the eighth round of the rematch in June. Kovalev vs Shabranskyy
Presently he’s on the rebound trail and said the misfortunes have made him more grounded.
“I took in a great deal from my battles with Andre Ward,” Kovalev said. “When you don’t win and when you endure misfortune, it makes you more grounded. It additionally demonstrates to you who your genuine companions are. I have an inclination that I wiped out my life and now I’m prepared to begin new. I’m exceptionally eager to get back in the ring, and battle at Madison Square Garden out of the blue, and I’m centered around what’s to come. I’m not thinking back.”
Before coming back to the United States from a late spring in Russia, Kovalev invested energy at a cloister in Greece to clear his head and get ready rationally and profoundly for his arrival to boxing, as indicated by Main Events.Kovalev vs Shabranskyy
One major change for Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs), 34, a Russia native fighting out of Los Angeles, is the likely end of his association with longtime trainer John David Jackson. Their relationship was rocky going into the rematch with Ward and now appears fractured beyond repair given comments both have made. Who Kovalev’s new trainer will be is unclear.
Kovalev vs Shabranskyy
“The Theater at Madison Square Garden is really a perfect place for Sergey to start the next chapter of his career,” Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said. “He needs to go out and remind people why they love the ‘Krusher.’ Sergey is an exciting fighter who is a pleasure to watch in the ring, and that’s what everyone is going to see on Nov. 25.”
Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs), 30, a native of Ukraine fighting out of Los Angeles, is a powerful puncher like Kovalev. He has won two fights in a row since suffering a seventh-round knockout loss to contender Sullivan Barrera in December.
“I’ve been waiting for this fight a long time. I will take this chance to show everyone my abilities and qualities in the ring,” Shabranskyy said. “My coach, Manny Robles, and I have been working on movement and defense, which together with my natural power will be more than enough to defeat a great fighter such as Kovalev. I’m proud to represent USA and Ukraine at this fight.”
Said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, Shabranskyy’s promoter: “Vyacheslav Shabranskyy is back, and ready to prove he will do everything to climb to the top, including facing a top-level fighter such a Kovalev. Shabranskyy is stronger and smarter inside the ring, and will show off his mastered talent when he faces Sergey. We are excited to partner with Kathy Duva and the Main Events team yet again for an amazing show that will no doubt bring the action.”
While the deal is not yet finalized, the HBO co-feature is likely to be a junior lightweight fight between former world titleholder and all-action brawler Orlando Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs), 36, of Mexico, and former featherweight world title challenger Jonathan Oquendo (27-5, 17 KOs), 34, of Puerto Rico. Salido was on hand at the Sor Rungvisai-Gonzalez rematch at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, with manager Sean Gibbons and promoter Fernando Beltran to meet with HBO in an effort to finalize his end of the fight.