Kovalev vs Shabranskyy Live

Ravens vs Packers liveKovalev vs Shabranskyy Live | HBO Sports commends the occasion end of the week with an activity pressed tripleheader, including the arrival of light heavyweight powerhouse Sergey Kovalev, when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: SERGEY KOVALEV VS. VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY AND SULLIVAN BARRERA VS. FELIX VALERA AND YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. JASON SOSA is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 25 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The HBO Sports group will call all the activity, which will be accessible in HDTV, shut subtitled for the hearing-impeded and introduced in Spanish on HBO Latino.

The battles will likewise be accessible on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partner entryways.

The main event features the return of the feared Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) as he battles heavy-handed Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) for a vacant light heavyweight title in a scheduled 12-round bout. Following a light heavyweight title reign that spanned more than three years and featured eight successful defenses, polished Russian knockout artist Kovalev, 34, is eager to reclaim the belts he lost in 2016 to future Hall of Famer Andre Ward. Kovalev vs Shabranskyy Live

Standing in his way is Ukraine’s Shabranskyy, 30, who turned pro in 2012 after a long amateur career in his home country and has been knocking out top contenders on the way to his biggest fight to date. Both men have been active lately, this being Kovalev’s tenth fight since Jan. 2014 and Shabranksyy’s tenth fight since Jan. 2015. The bout marks Kovalev’s 11th appearance on HBO, while Shabranskyy is making his debut on the main channel after fighting on HBO Latino in 2015.

Kovalev vs Shabranskyy Live

In the co-main event, one of the top light heavyweight contenders, Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) of Miami via Cuba, closes out his tremendous 2017 by taking on Felix Valera (15-1, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in a ten-round fight. Barrera, 35, is fresh off the biggest win of his career, a unanimous decision victory over Joe Smith Jr. in July and hopes to set himself up for another title shot in 2018 by defeating Valera. Making his U.S. debut, the hard-punching Valera, 29, seeks  an upset that would insert him into the light heavyweight championship conversation. Kovalev vs Shabranskyy Live

In the opening bout, former unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (27-2, 17 KOs) of Miami, Florida squares off against Camden, NJ native Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round super featherweight contest. Gamboa, 35, is an accomplished veteran with success at all levels, including a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics while representing Cuba and a dominating stretch as a world champion in the pro ranks. Sosa, 29, looks to bounce back after a difficult loss to junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko and return to the championship ranks. Sosa is making his third HBO appearance, while the bout marks Gamboa’s tenth fight on HBO.

Kovalev vs Shabranskyy

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.


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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.