A few hours ago saw the official weigh in for this weekend's huge Light Heavyweight unification bout between unbeaten Russian puncher Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23) and American legend Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2-2, 32).
Kovalev, the current WBO champion, was the heavier man on the scales weighing in at 174.5lbs the heaviest he's been since his victory over Ismayl Sillah last November. Although it;s the heaviest he's been it's within 1.5lb of his usual weight which looks to fluctuate between 173lbs, which he weighed a little over 2 years ago against Lionell Thompson, and 175lbs, which he weighed in his destruction of Gabriel Campillo in January 2013.
Unified IBF and WBA champion Hopkins weighed in exactly 1lb lighter than the Russian and was a ready 173.5lbs also his heaviest in 3 bouts. In his last 2 bouts Hopkins weighed in at 172.5lbs though his weight here is, like Kovalev's in his usual range which appears to be between 172.5lbs and 175lbs with his last 9 bouts falling in that 2.5lb range.
According to a recent image posted on Thairec.com it appears that Thai boxing fans will get a chance to see this weekend's big fight between Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23) and Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2-2, 32).
From the image it seems that the fight will be aired on Thai channel 8 at 9:30 Bangkok time on Sunday morning.
The fight isn't listed on the Thai 8 TV schedule but the image makes it very clear that the show will be aired with the fighters, the date, time, and channel all clearly shown on the image.
For those who don't want to listen to to the American or British commentary this may be another useful option whilst for Thai boxing fans this is a great bonus.
(Image courtesy of our fantastic friends at Thairec.com)
Over the past 24 hours we have received several interesting developments regarding some Russian fighters and fights.
Hopefully these bouts will all go as planned and no issue will arise to prevent them, though with boxing we know that there are always issues in this sport.
The month of March is quickly becoming a stacked on with more and more bouts being announced. The latest major one, which was announced earlier today, will see WBO Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21) return to the ring for his first fight of the new year.
Kovalev, who burst on to the scene last year with stoppage victories over Gabriel Campillo, Cornelius White, Nathan Cleverly and Ismayl Sillah seems set to be just as active this year.
In the opposite corner to Kovalev will be the unbeaten American Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13) who holds a very good looking record though it does lack bigger names. On paper it's a good bout though it's not the one we all want to see Kovalev in, which is of course Kovalev v Adonis Stevenson.
If Kovalev despatches Agnew in quick fashion we'd be shocked if he wasn't out again in the summer as he looks to force a title unification with Stevenson. If Kovalev can wipe out top contenders it will be hard for Stevenson to avoid him and it seems Kovalev's team know that this is the best way to apply pressure on the big punching Canadian based Haitian.
Kovalev is expected to be joined on the show by fellow Russian Khurshid Abdullaev (6-0-1, 3) who is expected to take on Wilky Campfort (16-1, 9) in what looks like a tough test for the unbeaten man and could actually be much more competitive than the main event.
After scoring a victory this past Friday night American Light Heavyweight Tommy Karpency (22-4-1, 14) called out Russian destroyer Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21).
Kovalev, the WBO Light Heavyweight champion, is said to be looking for a dance partner for his first fight of the year and whilst Karpency wouldn't be a perfect opponent he would likely be an acceptable opponent for a stay busy defense and a highlight reel KO victim.
Karpency himself is a former world title challenger who went the distance in a losing effort to Nathan Cleverly. Whilst he is 3-3 in his last 6 he has been in with world class opponents including Cleverly, Karo Murat and Andrzej Fonfara who is set to challenge WBC champion Adonis Stevenson next time out. It's those 3 men who have beaten Karpency in the last few fights that likely see him viewed as a third rate challenger, especially considering what Kovalev did to Cleverly, however is Kovalev is desperate for an opponent it's nice to know that there is a willing body donor out there.
Unfortunately it seems like the dream fight between Kovalev and Stevenson is some way off despite Kovalev making it very clear that it's the bout he wants. We've got our fingers crossed in the hope that the bout will be made at some point in 2014 though we do, admittedly, do it with baited breath.
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